Oliver Duggan is a Politics and Parliamentary Studies undergraduate and freelance political journalist. He has previously worked for US Senator Max Baucus in Washington, DC and Graham Brady MP in Westminster. He has reported from the States, London, Ethiopia and Djibouti. He is now living and writing in Leeds.
It’s strange to mourn the passing of a person you’ve never met. It feels hollow, just a little unjustifiable, and as though you’re somewhat unequipped for the undertaking. Usually we are left with a myriad of moments to recollect and reconcile, to render into something approaching the complexity of life. Here we are left holding scraps of [...]
The main ring road that runs through the city of Jerusalem and past Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residency has, for a little over two years, been home to Noam and Aviva Shalit, the distraught and disheveled parents of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad.
Victoria exudes motherhood, even amongst the dank synthetics of Finfine’s old, strip-lit bar. And even now, whilst rain drills the potholed car park outside, in the uncomfortable company of harsh-featured afternoon drinkers and without her daughter, this elegant European transmits a contradictory familial comfort. She is one of those parents so in love with her [...]
For decades Africa has been the problem continent, and the Horn it’s struggling epicentre. Ravaged by leaders unanimously opting for autocratic rule, looted and fractured by base sectarian warfare and economically stifled by unyielding climate change and abusive agriculture mechanisation; Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea have monopolised global tragedy for as long as the world has been watching.
“Why do they fight in London?” a homeless man in Addis Ababa asked me this morning, after he realised I was both British and had limited understanding of the local currency’s value. His Manchester United T-shirt, trousers with chimney-sweep ends and obviously second or third hand coat clung to his body in the rain. And [...]
Michele Bachmann, founder of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus and candidate for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination, stepped out from political obscurity this week when a gay activist working for the homosexual advocacy group, Truth Will Out, attempted to shine a spotlight on the checkered, largely unknown, past of Minnesota’s 6th district Representative.
Bachmann entered the race [...]
Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul, a Foreign Ministry spokesman for Iran and left-wing activist and Independent blogger Jody McIntyre probably don’t see eye-to-eye all that often. Yet, surprisingly, all three have made identical arguments in the last week.
Congressman Anthony Weiner held a press conference yesterday morning to admit he sent a picture of his boxered penis to a myriad of tweeting young women, and then lied about it in almost every news medium known to the human race.
It was an unavoidable and unavoidably cringe-worthy affair. He had to apologise, to blush, to [...]