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January 21, 2014

The Hollande Case: Is the tradition of privacy in France being eroded

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By Jeffrey Mo Playwrights would struggle to write love triangles so lurid. First, he was one half of a political power couple – in fact, the lesser-known half; his partner of over thirty years was the first woman ever nominated by a major political party to run for president, he merely the first secretary. The month after she lost the 2007 presidential election by only a 6.2% margin, she announced…

The International Briefing: Ukraine’s Future

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By Tom Maksymiw – Deputy Features Editor Background   Within Ukraine, Europe’s second largest country, there is a significant political divide between the west and the east. It is largely, though not solely, this division which has characterised Ukrainian politics since it gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Many people from the west of Ukraine have sought a closer relationship with the EU and the liberal democracies of…

International Briefing: Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham

International Briefing: Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham

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By Liam Hill – Collective Chair ISIS is an Islamist militant organization with links to al-Qaeda. It currently occupies a number of towns and cities in the Anbar province of Iraq and is one of the rebel groups fighting against government forces in Syria, although more recently ISIS militants have also clashed with other rebel groups.   Name and Origin   ISIS is an acronym of Islamic State of Iraq…

The Feature Interview: Benji Lanyado

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Executive Editor Dennis Mooney meets the journalist turned programmer turned start-up entrepreneur. Journalism is a difficult career to get into, but Benji Lanyado had managed it. His wasn’t the traditional route, starting on a local paper and working up through the ranks. He didn’t even write for his student paper whilst an university in Manchester. Instead, interested in travel writing, he spotted a niche in the market – ‘all the…

The Pavement Perspective

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By Frankie Bennett I wanted to write to tell you all about The Pavement Perspective, a short film about, and for, London’s homeless. It focuses specifically on rough sleeping in central London. Through exploring the personal stories of individuals who have experienced street homelessness first hand, the film aims to ‘humanise’ the faces we see on the streets and help us empathize with the people behind the label of ‘homeless’….

A Day on the Floor at Paul A Young

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DOROTHY WONG In our quick chat with Niall Mcmurray, shop manager at the flagship Paul A Young store on Wardour Street, we find out it’s like to spend your working hours surrounded by desserts, hot chocolate, truffles, and more. There’s an air of alchemy and creation in the air that is evident in the painstakingly created chocolates. There is a steady stream of laughter as customers tinkle in and out…

The Pocket Philosopher: The Free Choice Delusion

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Why You Don’t Really Have Free Choice By Joel Rosen So you picked LSE to study at, of your own free will you believe. You had a range of options, and you chose this exact university to study at. Or so you think. What if this is simply an illusion, and certain factors made it inevitable that you would pick LSE? What if you don’t really have free choice? Think…

Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War – Review

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By Jade Jackman This reveals one of the starkest truths about warfare: national identity and comradeship are not created through propaganda, but through the shared aspects of social life. Upon first meeting your respective partner’s parents, there are several things that you should avoid in conversation. Topics that are unadvisable are as follows: speculations on where your spouse inherited their nose from, cookery tips and war. Unsurprisingly, war divides opinion…

Closet Detox

Closet Detox

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BY JODIE MOMODU TOP TIPS ON HOW TO UPDATE YOUR LOOK ON A STUDENT BUDGET New Year, New me – the mantra spoken by the thousands, following the dawn of the New Year. However, can the masses that talk the talk, actually walk the walk? Seamlessly achieving an effortlessly chic look every day, is neither an easy not idealistic feat. Although our student budget cannot afford the daily service of…

Home Brewed 101

Home Brewed 101

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BY NERAJ THANGARAJAH Undoubtedly, you, the coffee addict, have already failed at your new year’s attempt to have “less coffee”, despite your resolute. It’s never too late to have a new one, and this year, get into the act of brewing coffee at home. Whatever excuse you and that 9 o’clock class can make, home brewed coffee will save you time and money spent waiting in line for (often overpriced,…