Tag : tim van gardingen

The flawed, but important leadership race

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It has reached that time of year again. The walls are draped in posters; the puns are out in force. The leadership race has begun. It’s all very exciting. The first time you see it, there’s that inescapable feeling that something big is happening. Then suddenly, a puzzling question appears- … Read More

Why blocking Nazis from Buchenwald is right

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Even with a global rise of the extreme-right, it’s safe to say no one would expect its leaders to visit a holocaust memorial with any intention other than to cause trouble. That seems to have been the thinking as member of the German far-right wing AfD, Björn Höcke, was blocked … Read More

The threat to journalism in the post-truth era

2 years ago / 0 comments

It wouldn’t be an official Trump announcement without a light hint of outrage. This time it is journalists who had a lot to worry about. In his first press conference since becoming President-Elect – something he appears to have actively avoided until now – Trump blocked certain media groups from … Read More

Rogue One and the crisis in the Middle East: an analysis

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The new addition to the Star Wars world, Rogue One, has painted a much darker picture than its predecessors. In doing so it has also accentuated possible existing themes related to conflict in the Middle East. The latest film goes a step further and can be seen as a damning … Read More

The global rise of the alt-right

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Don’t think that Trump and Brexit are isolated examples of a dramatic push to the extreme-right of politics. This is a trend spreading aggressively over the whole of Europe and nothing shows this more clearly than the rise of a new group: the Alt-Right. The Alt-Right is a difficult group … Read More

One country, two systems?

2 years ago / 0 comments

Protests have fired up again in central Hong Kong after Beijing delved into Hong Kong’s politics too far for some locals’ liking. This is the latest upset in a stream of unrest since the 2014 Yellow Umbrella Movement. The protests this week were sparked by Beijing’s decision to bar two … Read More

Man up, crash down

2 years ago / 0 comments

Apparently boys don’t cry. This is a view that seems to still hold a dangerous amount of weight in our society. Most men will be familiar with such disheartening phrases as “be a man”, “grow a pair” and “man up”; the last of which has had recent success on Twitter … Read More

Is it that nutty to call a child Nutella?

4 years ago / 0 comments

There are plenty of names you could describe as being sweet, but Nutella takes that all to a new level. For better or for worse however, the baby name inspired by a nutty household chocolate spread has been banned by a court in France. The court decided that such a … Read More

Reflections on the Hong Kong protests

4 years ago / 0 comments

The events in Hong Kong are set to become a historic moment, as the people of the region do something which has proven deadly in the past – protest against the moves of the Chinese government. Some sources are already comparing recent events to the build-up of the tragic 1989 … Read More