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Ecosia – A Better Search Engine for a Better University?

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Here’s a question: Should the University of Leeds and Leeds University Union Adopt ‘Ecosia’ as the Default Search Engine on all their computer and devices? With LUU’s ‘Better University Forum’ taking place tonight, a hot topic on the lips of many students will be, to nobody’s surprise, the ever prevalent … Read More

‘Meat-tax?’ A Big Mis-Steak

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New findings from researchers at the University of Oxford has sparked discussion on the imposition of a ‘meat-tax’ on red and processed meat products. The study revealed the potentially lifesaving effects that such a measure could have on UK households; including the estimate that a price increase of 13% on … Read More

Blasphemy Laws Must be Consigned to History

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Ireland recently voted to remove the crime of blasphemy from its constitution. Only fifty years ago this country resembled a Catholic theocracy, it has now begun to remove the last vestiges of religious privilege from its law. However, two incidents have occurred in as many weeks that illuminate the wicked … Read More

Censoring Drill Music Will Not Solve Problems of Violence

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Drill music is the latest genre of UK urban music to be blamed for inciting violence amongst young people. Music has often been the focus of those trying to explain the violence of people they don’t really understand; think grime in the 2000’s or hip hop in the 90’s. The … Read More

Is Mandela’s Dream Dead?

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“I DREAM OF AN AFRICA WHICH IS IN PEACE WITH ITSELF” – NELSON MANDELA The African National Congress (ANC) has long fought for a unified and democratic South Africa. It was formed in 1912 as a response to institutional racism in the exclusively white South African government. Before its ban … Read More

Historical Amnesia, Miseducation, and Empire

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Cartoon: “Allegoria sull’impero Inglese” (An allegory of the English Empire) by Augusto Grossi depicting the British Empire as a snake, 1878. In 2016, the Independent quoted a poll which found that 44% of British people were proud of Britain’s colonial history, with 21% regretting that it happened and 23% holding … Read More

Should We Be Wary Of The German Right?

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On Wednesday 7th November, Alice Weidel, the leader of the second most popular political party in Germany, was expected to arrive in the city of Oxford and deliver a speech at the Oxford University Union. However, Wednesday came and went and Alice Weidel never got on the plane. Why? Weidel … Read More

Can Trump And The Democrats Work Together?

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Now the midterms are over and the Democrats have regained control of one chamber in Congress, it seems more unlikely than ever that Republican and Democratic divides can be overcome. Just one day after the midterm results became clear, Donald Trump began a tirade of anti-Democrat press releases, including a … Read More

Ozone Healing: Are We Doing Enough?

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It seems miraculous to hear anything positive about the environment and global warming, but this week the UN published a report that managed to make me feel like lugging all my glass bottles to the bottle bank has been worth it. The ozone layer is healing. In the late 1990s, … Read More

A 94-Year-Old Man Is On Trial: Justified?

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On the 6th November, former Nazi guard, Johann Rehbogen, went on trial for his complicity in the murder of hundreds of people in Stutthof Camp, Poland. This is not the first trial of its kind: the Third Reich left a bloody mark on history. On the surface, this is an … Read More