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2016: A Year in Review Comment Politics & Current Affairs 

2016: A Year in Review

A quick glance at 2016’s biggest headlines and last year can easily be labelled as one of the worst. Indeed, this politically, socially and economically volatile year has seen the UK voting to leave the European Union, Donald Trump winning the US Presidential election, and numerous terrorist attacks, fuelled by hatred. 2016 was a year characterised by death: more than 13,500 innocent civilians have been killed in Syria this year; hundreds have died at the hands of terrorists during attacks in Brussels, Istanbul, Nice, Orlando, Jakarta and Berlin; MP Jo…

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A Reflection on the 2016 Financial Year Finance Politics & Current Affairs 

A Reflection on the 2016 Financial Year

2016 has undoubtedly been one of the most politically and socially tumultuous years we have experienced in our short lifetimes. It’s worth taking a look at what has happened in the realms of politics, finance and global economy this year, in order to understand the repercussions these events will have in the coming year, 2017. These events may also impact the rest of our lives. The election of Donald Trump in the United States, on 9th November, was a triumph for the alt-right. His rancorous campaign went against every diplomatic…

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Why Trump as ‘Person of the Year’ shouldn’t be seen as an ‘honour’ Comment 

Why Trump as ‘Person of the Year’ shouldn’t be seen as an ‘honour’

Donald Trump has scarcely been out of the headlines in the build up to and since he won the US Presidential election in November, usually for his contentious political statements. However, most recently, the President Elect has made news for being recognised as TIME magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ for 2017. Subsequently, a public outcry emerged on social media, with international outrage at the controversial decision and one user summarising widespread dismay, tweeting: ‘Donald Trump was named TIME magazine person of the year. Not a great year to be a…

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Fantastic Beasts Review: ‘Finally a Hufflepuff we can believe in’… (SPOILERS) Lifestyle 

Fantastic Beasts Review: ‘Finally a Hufflepuff we can believe in’… (SPOILERS)

I am not a true Harry Potter fan. I watch the films, and find myself enjoying them, with what little devotion that hasn’t been killed in me by my rabid Potterhead sister who regularly marathons all eight films and drags me on my summer days off to Harry Potter world. I read the books at a young age and, having a deeper interest in so many other fandoms, know a little about the extended Wizarding World through all the Tumblr posts, fanfic snippets and pithy memes that come my way…

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‘The early release of Brock Turner is nothing less than sickening’ Comment 

‘The early release of Brock Turner is nothing less than sickening’

In the three months that Brock Turner has been in jail, estimates have suggested that around 75,000 American women have been raped. The light treatment that Turner has received partly explains to us these shocking statistics. Many women are not coming forwarded and reporting such incidents and, when they see fellow victims fight hard legal battles, only for their rapist to be released three months later, this is hardly surprising. There was national outrage when the Santa Clara County Judge, Aaron Persky, handed Turner a pathetic six month sentence, as…

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International Women’s Week Series: Changing the World, one tweet at a time Politics & Current Affairs 

International Women’s Week Series: Changing the World, one tweet at a time

Today is the second installment of this weeks ‘International Women’s Week’ series and I have decided, rather than look at the history of feminist issues as I did before, to look at the future and the incredible inspirational youth of today. My main focus is how the use of social media is providing a platform for so many young people to become engaged and discuss massively important issues. For those of you who haven’t heard of the name Alexis Isabel Moncada (perhaps better known by her twitter handle @lexi4prez), I…

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