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Clegg Goes Through the Revolving Door

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Nick Clegg accepting a position at Facebook shouldn’t be viewed as an isolated anomaly, or even particularly noteworthy in its own right. It’s the coming together of two long-term trends in British politics: the unhealthy relationship between the media and state, and the so-called ‘revolving door’ between the parliament and … Read More

Is Traditional News Media Obsolete?

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“There is no one thing called ‘journalism’; no single entity called ‘news’; no single recognisable entity for a ‘journalist’.”         Alan Rusbridger, former Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian Journalists were once gatekeepers of information, defining what constituted ‘news’. A select group of people, with privileged access to this … Read More

Phillip Morris’ U-Turn: Big Cigarette Manufacturer Urges Smokers to Quit

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With a packet of 20 Marlboro Gold in the UK setting you back at around £11, it may seem surprising that Philip Morris has plans to stop selling here. The parent company of Marlboro, Philip Morris, has taken a controversial stance on smoking in the UK. Marlboro is known for … Read More

The US Midterms: What Is The State Of Play With One Week To Go Until Election Day?

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The U.S. midterm elections are a vital, but often overlooked, part of the U.S. democratic process Every two years, one-third of the Senate – the upper chamber of the law-making branch of the government, and the entire House of Representatives – the lower chamber – are re-elected. Together, these two … Read More

Making Misandry A Hate Crime Hinders The Fight For Gender Equality

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For hundreds of years, women have been oppressed and victimised by men and yet, the crimes committed against women have failed to be categorised as hate crimes. A hate crime is defined as a crime where the perpetrator is motivated by hostility or demonstrates hostility to a victim’s race, sexual … Read More

“It Doesn’t Matter”: WWE and Saudi Arabia

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I have been a life-long fan of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). And yes, I am acutely aware of the ridiculous nature of this simulated sport. Professional wrestling is predicated upon the idea that you suspend your disbelief: you know what you are seeing is predetermined. Yet, you pretend that it … Read More

Is Merkel Finished?

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After almost 13 years as Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel has finally lost credibility as leader. According to a poll by ZDF television, 56 per cent of Germans think Merkel should now step down from her long-held leadership role. On 14th October, the sister party of Merkel’s CDU, the CSU, … Read More

Women Come In All Shapes And Sizes: The ASA Was Right To Ban Breast Enlargement Ads

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‘Love Island’: a guilty pleasure for most on a warm summer’s night. What you may have also been watching in the breaks was MYA’s breast enlargement TV adverts, which branded the surgery as the opportunity to feel ‘amazing’. Twenty-eight formal complaints later, the ASA has ruled the adverts ‘irresponsible and … Read More

An Outside Perspective of British Drinking Culture

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When I arrived in Leeds from my native Italy in September, I prepared myself for Brit drinking culture through binge-watching all of the comedy series Peepshow. Thanks to that show, I was aware that British drinking culture differs from Italy’s. Not that I came as a teetotaler. Veneto, the region … Read More

Pariah or Problematic? Azealia Banks vs. Lana Del Rey

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Not for the first time, the ‘212’ rapper Azealia Banks has found herself embroiled in a raging Twitter war. This time it was with ‘Video Games’ songstress Lana Del Rey. The feud started last week when Banks came out to criticize Del Rey’s response to an Instagram post by Kanye … Read More