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January 17, 2014

No One is Outside the Law

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By Carolin Ott ‘Are you against torture?’ This is the question the LSESU Amnesty International Society used to lure individuals to our stall on Houghton Street during our campaign week on human rights and security. A surprising number of people at LSE said no. Whether this is because they agree with torture or were convinced that those two extra minutes of reading in the library would help them get a…

Don’t believe Ukash; the cost of living at LSE is what you make it.

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By Hayley Thomas A central London postcode puts a premium on everything, even universities. Whilst a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato would cost £2.65 in the town I’m from, the prices on the Strand can grow up to £2.95 for the exact same coffee. This is not a coffee drinking phenomenon. One of the first things that is noticeable upon arrival in London, is just how expensive everything here is, or at…

BOWIE: A BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE

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By Anuradha Santhanam Last year (2013 is ‘last year’ now!), this genius released his latest album. Musician. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, saxophonist, a brilliant, brilliant actor, sex object, teen-and-adult idol and Goblin King extraordinaire, David Bowie, is 67 today. Fifty years since the man has been making music and it only gets better. Although most non-Bowie listeners will know him by ‘Ground Control to Major Tom‘ (which is actually Space Oddity,…

Economic History Repeats Itself as Tragedy

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By Tommaso Cariati Just before the holidays, US growth rates were revised upwards to an annualised rate of 4.1% (for the non-economists reading that’s really a lot). Good economics, it seems, can work. Yet, like most decisions made where politicians are involved, it is constantly threatened by the rewards offered to leaders prepared who use difficult moments with their populism. The way different countries dealt with the recent crisis, particularly…

Flying the ASEAN dream with AirAsia

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By Thao Nguyen THE LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS welcomed home one of its most well known alumni, Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes, to deliver a public lecture titled “Is ASEAN still relevant?” on December 4th in the Sheihk Zayed Theatre. Professor Arne Westad, Director of LSE IDEAS, chaired and opened the lecture. The founder and group CEO of AirAsia, Asia’s largest low-cost airline, talked about the relevance of the Association…

Students protest police violence in “Cops off Campus” demonstration

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By Sophie Donszelmann, News Editor OVER ONE THOUSAND took part in the “Cops Off Campus” protest on December 11 2013 as students and members of the public filled the streets of Bloomsbury to protest police violence against students and to promote the rights of university students and workers nationwide. The demonstration was a response to the arrests of 34 students and two journalists in the clashing of police and protestors…

Ha-Joon Chang speaks to LSESU Economics Society

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By Rahat Siddique On Friday 6th December the LSESU Economics Society hosted Ha-Joon Chang, an influential economist and a Reader of Economics at the University of Cambridge. Although most famous for his book “23 things they don’t tell you about capitalism,” the lecture was based on research from his up-coming book, set to be released in 2014. The talk titled “let a hundred flowers bloom and cross fertilise” was symbolic…