#Pants2HIV: Why we need to understand that HIV is just a virus

This year has seen the emergence and widespread popularity of visual social media campaigns that aim to raise awareness as well as collect donations for health causes. Among the most memorable have been the UK Breast Cancer Campaign’s #nomakeupselfie campaign, and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Gay Men Fighting AIDS (GMFA), with #Pants2HIV campaign is…

Why Iran is the only real threat to Israel and not ISIL

Benjamin Netanyahu, quite controversially, stated that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose a greater threat to the world than the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). ‘Make no mistake, ISIL must be defeated’, Netanyahu said at the U.N. General Assembly. ‘But to defeat ISIL and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to…

Turkey’s Dead-End: NATO, The Kurds, and Sunni-Islamism

On 23 September, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan finally announced that support, whether military or logistic, would be given to the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (ISIL). The move was expected, as it appeared that Turkey’s setback had been the 49 hostages held by ISIL, who were released on 20 September. However, Erdoğan’s announcement has not…