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The Power of The Individual

In June this year, the United Kingdom chose you leave the European Union in a referendum that came as a shock to many. Prime Minister David Cameron, resigned and Theresa May took his place. She has made it very clear, since she became Prime Minister that she is keen to initiate Brexit, and sever the…

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Feminists, Makeup or No Makeup?

Musician Alicia Keys in response to the constant pressure women are under to look perfect decided to start going make up free and initiated the #nomakeup campaign. The thinking extends beyond just makeup and stresses that women should not feel under pressure to cover up any imperfections. Meanwhile another strong feminist voice, Nigerian author Chimamanda…

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Does Hong Kong Have a Say in its Future?

In Hong Kong’s recent elections, where pro-independence candidates did surprisingly well, voters used social media platforms such as Facebook not just to get their information but also to mobilise voters. People in Hong Kong are getting increasingly suspicious of the Mainland’s influence on local TV channels as well as newspapers. Recently two of the pro-independence…

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No Poppy If You Play Football

As Remembrance Day is approaching this year, many are wearing poppies to commemorate the millions of people who lost their lives in war. Many, except those who participate in FIFA tournaments. The football organisation has come out to say that wearing a poppy whilst playing is banned. Through history, FIFA has banned any sort of…

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Voting Third Party?

As the US election draws close, tensions between the two main candidates is only heightening. Recently, we have seen both candidates exposed by various media sources on everything from using a private email server to view official communication to sexual misconduct and it is clear which of the two has come off looking stronger. Democrats…

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Why Did The Colombian Peace Deal Fail?

The Colombian Peace Deal that would have ended a 52 year war with FARC, a guerrilla group, collapsed last week. Most polls believed that this deal would follow through, the Nobel Peace Prize committee probably thought so too as Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Columbia was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize a few days…

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What is Black Lives Matter?

Black Lives Matter is an activist movement that emerged in 2013 after the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of an unarmed African America teen Trayvon Martin. This movement that began as a protest movement against violence and systemic racism against African Americans has now grown into 30 chapters across the US, England,…

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Helping Others To help Ourselves?

Two very different campaigns are trending on Social Media platforms right now. The first one #Refugenes, aims to portray refugees in a more positive light by showing how well they have integrated into society. Celebrities like Jamie Cullum and Rita Ora talk about how they are descendants of refugees that fled various war torn countries….

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Youth Power Wins in Hong Kong

There were big changes at the recently concluded Hong Kong elections, the first since the Umbrella revolution protests of 2014. There were a number of younger, more radical candidates that won seats. Even some of the young leaders of the Occupy movement such as Nathan Law, that staged the protests in 2014 demanding greater democracy…

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The Power of Disinformation…

In the last few weeks the Trump campaign has really stepped up the rhetoric against Hilary Clinton. The most recent bit has been about doubting Hilary’s mental and physical health in an attempt to scare people from voting for her. On Thursday, a Trump spokesperson suggested that Hilary had dysphasia, a neurological condition affecting speech…

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Burkini Ban?

The Burkini, an amalgam of the burqa and bikini was created by a Lebanese Australian designer in 2004. This was created for women who wanted to swim in public spaces but still dress modestly. In most cases it has been used by women who want to remain faithful to the rules of their religion, mostly…

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The People of Aleppo Need Our Help

An image of an injured Syrian boy from Aleppo sitting in an ambulance was circulating on social media this week. It was hoped that this image of the Siege of Aleppo and the terrible human misery it is resulting in, would bring attention to the cause as it did with another Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi,…

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Ransom Money or Leverage

Iran and the United States have had a fraught relationship for years. In January, the United States Government paid $400 million in cash to Iran. Around the same time five Americans who had been held in Iran were released and flew back home. The nuclear agreement between Iran, the United States and five other world…

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Fear, Woman Power and Barbie

Over the past few weeks there have been nearly eight terror attacks with over 240 people dead. At a time like this we have seen countries, for their own safety and protection, close their doors saying that they cannot support or protect any more people. Countries like the United Kingdom that were once so open…

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Whose Coup?

On the 15th of July an attempted coup took place in Turkey. It was conducted by several members of the Turkish army and the attack was intended to overthrow President Erdogan and let the military run the nation. However this proved unsuccessful and thousands of people in civil service, the military and education have been detained. There has…

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