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COP21: Will we change before the climate does?

16th December 2015 | Politics

COP21: Will we change before the climate does?
Last week, the world witnessed a truly global, historic moment. A deal was signed at the Paris Climate Change conference uniting every single nation in one agreement on tackling climate change for the first time ever. It sets out a global approach to a problem of humanity’s own making: the recent rapid warming of the Earth that science says is mainly down to the use of fossil fuels.

The carefully worded document balances the right of countries to develop with the need to protect the planet is a truly world changing instrument. The deal outlines firm goals of keeping temperature rises well below 2C, limiting greenhouse gas emissions, and encouraging rich nations to help poorer one tackle climate change through renewable energy.

The rhetoric and reaction have been exorbitantly positive. “A major leap for mankind,” President Hollande of France said. “A tremendous victory for all our citizens,” John Kerry, the US secretary of state, added. Although, Britain’s energy and climate change secretary, Amber Rudd, was less stratospheric, describing developments as “a significant step forward”, and she is right to be cautious.

The Times newspaper highlighted, “the Paris agreement identifies the destination, but gives directions for only half the journey.” Nick Dearden, director of campaign group Global Justice Now, clearly is displeased at this, arguing how “it’s outrageous that the deal that’s on the table is being spun as a success when it undermines the rights of the world’s most vulnerable communities and has almost nothing binding to ensure a safe and liveable climate for future generations.” It seems as if the folk in Paris just had to come up with a deal or else they’d look like failures, however the deal is far from the total solution. In fact, Harif – a listener of my…

Opinion: Syrian Crisis escalates between Turkey and Russia

10th December 2015 | Politics

Opinion: Syrian Crisis escalates between Turkey and Russia
Syrian Crisis escalates between Turkey and Russia

As of the 24th of November, the Syrian Crisis had accelerated into a much more dangerous conflict. Reported news has revealed that Turkish military forces shot down a Russian warplane that was headed to combat terrorist organisation, ISIS.

Both Russia and Turkey are involved in the Syrian Crisis, that sees itself at civil war, and the leading result of the Refugee Crisis. So it comes as a shock to see two very influential and involved nations have this dispute, and one that could be tragic to the already convoluted global dilemma.

Turkish ministers have claimed the warplane had violated Turkish airspace, and even challenged NATO airspace because of their membership in the NATO defensive alliance. Other ministers have also stressed the Turkish military's attempts to order the warplane outside of Turkish airspace. According to Turkey, no responses had been received, despite their apparent 10 warning attempts. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan justified the attack, calling it an obligation required of the military after communications are ignored.

Despite this, Russian president Vladimir Putin demonstrates a different recount of events. Russia has made claims that Turkey performed no attempts at warning, but instead fired upon the plane, killing one of the two pilots, all without reconciliation or communication. Furthermore, Russia has also denied the claims that the war plane had violated Turkish airspace, thus creating a dichotomy of truths.

One thing that is sure, President Putin has decreed that Turkish-Russian Relations will be detrimentally impacted because of this incident. Many analysts have foreshadowed a world war three scenario as a result of what has happened, yet many major politicians such as President Obama have urged talk and compromise between the two disputing countries.

It may be too soon to…

Interview with Joel Williams

5th December 2015 | Politics

Interview with Joel Williams
Having stayed in the Big Brother house, and stood for the Welsh Assembly before the age of 21, Joel Williams has accomplished more in his youth than most do in a lifetime.

This year’s Big Brother runner-up, who is also an active member of the Conservative Party, won over fans with his unflappable personality on the show, and his tough questioning to other Channel 5 housemates.

With plans to run for one of Wales’ most senior political positions, it is unlikely that we have heard the last of Joel Williams.

Joel joined Joseph Perry on his Saturday afternoon show to discuss his experience of 2015 - a year in which he won thousands of votes on TV, and his beloved Conservative Party won a General Election.

They spoke about the paranoia of the Big Brother house, meeting up with fellow contestants on the outside, and Joel’s dream housemate….

…as well as that pizza!

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Joseph Perry interviews Joel Williams

Joseph Perry interviews Big Brother contestant and Conservative Party member Joel Williams about the Tories and the paranoia of the Big Brother house.