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October 30, 2013

“Will I Be Next?” – Reports shed light on America’s drone war

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BY KAVEH FARZAD – Opinion Editor After carefully reading the new human rights reports – issued by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch – on America’s drone war, I can best describe my mood as equal parts nauseous and horrified. The reports are, in a word, gruesome. And while I have problems with various aspects of both – for instance conflating unintended collateral civilian casualties as war crimes – I…

In defence of religion – its positive role

In defence of religion – its positive role

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BY JAMIE PELLING – It has happened twice now. The first time was in a class on the European Enlightenment, particularly on Isaac Newton, one of the greatest human minds of his generation, and, as Voltaire argued, of all time. Whilst discussing Newton’s adamant Christian faith, someone labels it ‘disappointing’ another person can’t even countenance the possibility that Newton really believed in a Supreme Being and concludes that he must…

Standing Up for Remembrance Sunday

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BY JAY STOLL, LSESU GENERAL SECRETARY – Before I begin, I want to state that I am absolutely writing in my official capacity as the General Secretary of The LSE Students’ Union. I hope this doesn’t seem crass, but my reasoning for starting in such a way will hopefully become clear. When friends asked why I was standing to be Gen Sec, I was always dumbfounded by the presumed rationale….

Right Approach – High immigration will hit public services and jobs

Right Approach – High immigration will hit public services and jobs

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BY STEWART DWYER – On January 1st 2014, the transitional controls on the rights of Bulgarians and Romanians to live in the UK will be lifted, and the UK opens its borders yet again. The debate on immigration is always contentious, however, we should always approach such an emotive topic in a straight-talking fact-based manner – not in a way that shouts ‘racist’ whenever someone attempts to even talk about…

Eyes to the Left – Don’t let racists and xenophobes dominate immigration debate

Eyes to the Left – Don’t let racists and xenophobes dominate immigration debate

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BY DAN FROST – It is no surprise that the impending reduction in EU immigration controls, which will allow Bulgarian and Romanian workers greater access to the UK labour market (and perhaps more importantly, vice versa), have sparked the usual reactionary responses. The usual motley crew of fascists and “nationalists” is always ready on hand to speak on behalf of the infamous “white working class”. Immigrants, we are told, will…

The Retribution of Sir John Major

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BY LIAM HILL – The legend of grocer’s daughter Margaret Thatcher is propped up, in part, by exaggerations of her humble background. Strange then, that her successor’s background is much more humble and far less legendary. Conservatives tend not to idolize Sir John Major in the way they deify the late Baroness, but they would do well to listen to him. He is, after all, the only prime minister in…

Black Ascent debate tackles tough issues

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BY RAHAT SIDDIQUE – The Black Ascent Debate, hosted by LSE’s African and Caribbean Society (ACS) in conjunction with the Students’ Union (SU) was held on Friday evening to commemorate Black History Month. Taking on a ‘Question Time’-like format, the debate accommodated a large panel of up to eight members of the public, including a retired policeman and students from the Universities of Nottingham and Cambridge. The issues raised addressed…

UCU to strike on Thursday

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BY OLLIE HILL – Teaching and research, senior support, administration, security, catering and maintenance staff, are amongst the hundreds of employees expected to join the strike on Thursday as members of the University and College Union (UCU), Unite and UNISON are set to stage a coordinated 1-day strike on the 31st of October as part of nationwide industrial action over spending cuts in higher education. Union officials expect up to…

Partner institution sacks academic for criticising Chinese government

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BY JAMES EVANS – A long standing relationship between LSE and Peking University was brought into question earlier this week as the Chinese university sacked Professor Xia Yeliang, a renowned champion of free speech and critique of the Communist party in power. The university claims that Professor Yeliang was removed from his post because of “poor teaching evaluation results,” however concern has been raised in the LSE community over whether…

Victims of Islamic Fundamentalism: Only The West?

Victims of Islamic Fundamentalism: Only The West?

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By KANAN PARIDA There is no excuse for terrorism. One can argue that the circumstances of the Western treatment of Islam have resulted in deep hatred and anger amongst the Muslim community, but it by no means excuses terrorism. On October 23rd, professor of Law at UC Davis, Karima Bennoune gave a public lecture based on her book, Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here. Through her lecture she rightly criticised…