IONA |aɪˈəʊnə|: noun
- an island off the west coast of Scotland
- a 'knowledge hub' founded to combat the common practice of book burning through the proliferation of literary texts
- Saint Colmcille's mission to save a Europe in the Dark Ages from lack of scholarship
Welcome to the HUB, the focal point of IONA's digital footprint. What you will find below are four sections: the EXCHANGE, the WEEKLY, the SPOTLIGHT and the REVIEW. An online magazine, a news feed, a deep dive into specific countries, and a discussion of literature and culture.
A subsidiary of the IONA Journal of Economics with the same objective 'to know the causes of things.' Every article is open to commentary. Feel free to share with us your thoughts so we may engage in a mutually beneficial exchange.
The STATE: A Global approach to news and politics
The REPUBLIC: An updated take on the political affairs of the US and Trump's Administration
The REPORT: A combination of our acclaimed series and special analyses of overlooked headlines
IONA WEEKLY is a synthesis of global headlines brought to your feed every Monday. Its range of topics include quarterly economic reports and indicators, breaking news, and political insights. Subscribe to get the weekly update delivered straight to your inbox.
Women across both Asia and Europe took to the streets to protest the wage gap and gender violence on March 8, 2018, International Women’s Day. In protests reminiscent of the #MeToo movement, women took a stance from Moscow to Islamabad [...]
Indian billionaire and diamond mogul Nirav Modi has allegedly fled the country with his family after perpetrating fraudulent transactions worth almost $2 billion [...]
On February 27th the Trudeau family landed in Delhi to commence a 7-day official tour involving round table discussions a variety of trade deals and sanctions. The tour is meant to strengthen relations between India and Canada, but the recent rise in extremist Sikh activity in Canada may cause a shadow on the meetings. [...]
The 2018 Winter Olympics commenced this week in PyeongChang, South Korea. Among the many notable leaders in attendance is Kim Jong Un’s sister and close adviser, Kim Yo-Jong. [...]
The Spanish intelligence agency just cracked the 500-year-old code of King Ferdinand of Aragon, whose letters to his chief military commander were written in a highly complex cypher. The code contained 88 different symbols and 237 combined letters, and it took the intelligence agency almost half a year to decipher four of them.
In the early morning of 29 November, North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that appeared to have a range capable of striking any city within the United States [...]
Zimbabwe’s ruler of 37 years, Robert Mugabe, resigned amidst country-wide celebrations this Tuesday. His successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, was sworn in at a Harare sports stadium. [...]
A fatal 7.3-level earthquake hit the Iranian provinces of Kurdistan and Kermanshah along the border of Iraq, leaving at least 400 dead and 7000 injured [...]
As conditions worsen, India plans to spray New Delhi with water to combat a pollution emergency in the capital [...]
On Saturday, while in Saudi Arabia, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation. Citing Iran’s impact within the Middle Eastern states and referencing Hezbollah, Hariri said he fears for his life [...]
After more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Rakhine state in Buddhist-majority Myanmar to Bangladesh, the US is considering declaring the crisis as a case of ethnic cleansing [...]
The Spanish Government has declared its intentions to move towards imposing constitutional rule in Catalonia after Carles Puigdemont, the head of the Generalitat, Catalonia’s government [...]
Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing the country of destabilizing the region by funding terrorist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood.
At a meeting in Italy, leaders of G7 countries urged US President Donald Trump to change his stance on the Paris Climate Agreement after he expressed resistance to the deal.
Emmanuel Macron of the Centrist En Marche! party has won the presidency in a run-off election against Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front party, winning by 66 percent of the popular vote.
In a visit to Saudi Arabia, US Defence Minister Jim Mattis called for a political solution between the Saudi-backed Sunni coalition and the Iranian-backed Houthi coalition that would end the current civil war in Yemen.
Turkish citizens voted ‘yes’ in a referendum that proposed sweeping changes to the Turkish Constitution, with the yes campaign receiving 51 percent of the vote.
Protests broke out across Serbia in resistance to the newly-elected President Aleksandar Vučić. His critics have accused him of rigging the election, corrupt practices, and leading the country towards a dictatorial path.
Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye has been arrested weeks after her impeachment for abuse of power and bribery.
Anti-corruption protests led by over 7000 people break out in Moscow, the largest seen in Russia since 2012.
China and Saudi Arabia have signed a cooperation agreement estimated at $65 billion. The deal focuses on joint efforts in energy, finance, and aerospace.
WikiLeaks publishes a series of documents, revealing new CIA technologies for hacking and surveillances on multiple Internet of Things devices.
The French Republican Party is preparing to oust presidential candidate François Fillon amid his scandal, where his wife was reported to have been paid under an unexisting job.
The Fed released its minutes from its last Open Market Committee meeting were they kept interest rates constant. They showed that the Fed’s official were worried about global economic risks to the American economy and that they were divided about when to raise interest rates next.
Several world leaders will fly to Washington for the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit hosted by the American President and the US state department. The Turkish President and the Italian PM are attending.
President Obama visited Cuba on Monday as a sign of the improving relations between the two countries after several policies the US has made towards Cuba. It is predicted that the Cuban economy will undergo a lot of transformation as a result of the thaw in relations between the two countries.
U.S. headline and core Consumer Price Index (CPI) will be released this Wednesday. This will provide the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) one last look at the inflation outlook before its monetary policy statement later that afternoon.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be hosted by President Obama at the White House for a state dinner. Several speeches by Fed Governors will help set expectations for the Fed’s forthcoming interest rate decision.
China’s National People’s Congress, one of China’s most important meetings, will take place this week where economic targets, most importantly, the budget and the targeted GDP are set.
The British pound is delivering its poorest performance in international markets since the Financial Crisis after an announcement was made by David Cameron on plans to exit the European Union (EU).
Twice a month insights on the countries that frequently make headlines in our weekly updates, complete with data on GDP, imports and exports, population, form of government, and other interesting facts.
An overview of the relevant literary and cultural commentary being circulated among students, faculty, and citizens, as well as the home to IONA's hand chosen summer reading lists. Here, you will find not only books on the shelf of prominent UBC faculty members, but reviews of books read by the columnists and editors of IONA at large.
Head over here for the IONA summer reading list, with recommendations from UBC professors and staff editors.