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Michael Cornacchia

Michael Cornacchia has 3 articles published.

US and Canada

The Black Lives Matter Dichotomy and Gun Control

On 7th July I woke up to the news that yet another black American had been murdered by police. This may seem callous but by this point I hardly batted an eyelid. People ask me if I’ve seen the video of the murder and I reply ‘which one?’ On July 8th I woke up to a media frenzy over the five dead police officers in Dallas in one of the most predictable acts of barbarism ever seen in the western world. It’s almost too surreal to take in at this early stage but the worst thing is, I’m not even surprised. This has been bubbling in America for some time and, while what happened to what can only be assumed are innocent policeman, this is… Keep Reading

UK

Is Scottish Independence a Foregone Conclusion?

On the 23rd of June this country decided on a huge constitutional change and by this country, of course, I mean England. Scotland voted unanimously to stay (in terms of voting areas) and was the victim to tyranny of the majority of the U.K. During the campaign to keep Scotland within the union one of the main reasons that we were ‘Better Together’ was membership of the EU. With one referendum, Westminster has lost a bargaining chip. There is huge disillusionment with politics in Scotland. They see themselves as being ruled by Westminster, in a city who are completely out of touch with Scottish identity. When the issue of greater devolved powers comes up, there is always a wave of nationalist support. It is easy… Keep Reading

UK

Football and the Law: Are the SNP Criminalising Football Fans?

In 2012, Scottish Parliament hurried through the Offensive Behavior at Football Act as a knee-jerk reaction to the so-called ‘Shame Game, a particularly toxic derby between Celtic and Rangers in which 34 arrests were made. Since the bill’s conception it has faced fierce opposition from within Holyrood and from football fans themselves. A history of migration between the west of Scotland and Ulster has meant that Glasgow has the sectarian undertones of Belfast with less frequent outbreaks of violence. Without going off on a tangent about the nature of the political and social landscape of Glasgow and Ireland, it is important to understand the volatile relationship between republicanism and unionism in modern Scotland. The bill set out with the aim of eradicating sectarianism from Scottish… Keep Reading

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