Cries of fascism and censorship have been thrown about by the mainstream press after the Indian government took NDTV, a top Indian news channel, off the air for 24 hours. Rohit Pathania argues that whilst there a things to criticise about media censorship in India, this particular case related to dangerous live reporting from a conflict zone, something the Indian government must be particularly careful about since the Mumbai terrorist attacks.
Simon Leitch argues that the recent court decision to hand over the power to trigger a Brexit to the British Parliament will not, by itself, prevent Britain from leaving the EU. Brexit is still on. Nonetheless, it adds more complications to the process and it may yet be a decisive step in derailing Brexit.
Professor Ariadne Vromen mounts a criticism to the journal ranking system of the Australian Political Studies Association. Australian based political science journals revolves around positivist, quantitative methodologies. This research paradigm continues to be entrenched by the need for academics to publish in the handful of A* journals, the very journals which promote positivist methodologies to the near exclusion of all others.
Simon Leitch reflects on the criticism of Pew Research on Bangladeshis’ supporting terrorism. He argues that the recent survey in the Bangladesh case may or may not reflect some useful archetype of Bangladeshi views but the solution to the problem is more and better polling, rather than simple rejection via anecdote.
Taj Hashmi argues that Recent reports in the media and from think-tanks have indicated a startling level of support for suicide terrorism in Bangaldesh. Yet this is at odds with the relatively low rate of suicide terrorist incidents in Bangladesh, raising many questions about the validity of the research methods used to determine the support for sucide terrorism
René Wadlow argues that the recent UN Summit on Migrants and Refugees is an opportunity to discuss both the short-term current refugee flow but also longer term migration issues.