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November 10, 2015

Something Old, Not Much New

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The paradox of being ‘new’ in politics, its roots and its results Written by Aristeidis Grivokostopoulos   The UK Labour Party leadership elections and the Greek parliamentary elections had a clear winner. Similarly, the Spanish elections and US primaries are not very far away. In all of the above elections, and their respective pre-election campaigns, there is a theme. Nowadays, the party or person who is an election favourite (see…

The Lefty and The Centrist; or, Two Americans at the Pub

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Two Americans have a debate about the direction of the Democratic Party after its first debate and then write it all down for publishing. Written  by Nick Foretek and Matt Razzzano   Nick Foretek (The Lefty) Matt Razzano (The Centrist) THE LEFTY: First things first, what a marked difference from the two Republican debates.  Less tempestuous, less ad hominem, less Trump.  After the debate, the New York Times ran the headline, ‘A…

In Defence of “Careerites”

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The LSE’s focus on good jobs isn’t a bad thing, time to stop the whining and embrace it. Written by Christopher Wilburn   Much has been said in the previous weeks about the shame of the LSE having a good reputation with employers, particularly those in the City. The careers fair at the LSE was almost shut down in an attempt by #OccupyLSE to protest at, as they see it,…

The Arrogance of Economics

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by Regont Pula The first thing you are bound to do when signing in on the LSE computers, after having spent a while staring blankly at that reluctantly welcome ‘Welcome’ sign, is to check your e-mail. This is a grossly underrated exercise that acts as the final, painstaking gap between indolence and industriousness. Every email meets the criteria of ‘hmm, interesting.’ On one British autumn afternoon, I happened to be facing…

Refugees Are Just Like Us: Human

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by Nina Webb, Deputy Comment Editor Berlin’s recent announcement that Syrian refugees can still enter Germany, but can only stay for a maximum of a year and will only be granted limited rights, comes as a surprise U-turn from Angela Merkel’s previous ‘open-door policy’ on refugees, and presents numerous problems for refugees across Europe. As perhaps the only major European Union state which has openly welcomed refugees, this now presents…

The Rise of China and the Downfall of the UK

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by Rory Coutts ‘Golden era,’ ‘Golden Decade,’ ‘unheralded ties,’ the hyperbole surrounding Xi Jinping’s visit to the UK was emphatic. In Chinese media the focus was on the imagery and ceremony laid on for Xi, rather than the purpose of the visit itself: to funnel money into a dwindling UK, and legitimise China as a world power by giving it warm ties with a western state and bringing its currency…

The Slow Death of the UGM

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by Peter Lyon Students’ Union democracy is a laudable concept, and one at which LSE supposedly excels. Before arriving at LSE, I read about the vigorous, wide-ranging debates that took place every week in the Old Theatre. From the left-wing radicalism of the 1960s, to the liberal initiatives of Matthew Elliot and Allister Heath in the 1990s, the Union General Meeting has always been the principal democratic framework for LSE…

LSESU Release Statement on PalSoc Exhibition

LSESU Release Statement on PalSoc Exhibition

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By Megan Crockett, Managing Editor During Week Four of Michaelmas Term, an exhibition put on by the London School of Economics (LSE) Students’ Union’s (SU) Palestine Society received ‘numerous’ student complaints. Following the event the SU entered into an investigation and have since issued a statement with their findings. The SU claim that the ‘Israeli and Palestinian conflict is highly contentious both in wider society and indeed within our Union. Year…

Hell on Wheels: Cycling Tackle the Hills

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  ‘YOU’RE GOING ALL THAT way just for that?!’ At 5.15am on the day of the competition I struggled to answer this question. One reason is that the ‘hill climb’ is a British pecu- liarity. Like trainspotting and queu- ing, to an observer there isn’t much to appreciate and the participants don’t seem to enjoy it much either. ‘Vicious’, ‘lung-busting’ and ‘a right f****** b******’ are how cyclists de- scribe…

LSE Intercept Email Regarding Beaver Investigation

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During a Beaver investigation into serious allegations of wrongdoing within the school an email to the Executive Editor of The Beaver that a student reporter was copied into was intercepted by the LSE. The school intercepted the reporter’s personal LSE email address and in doing so gained access to an email sent to the Executive Editor of The Beaver. This undermines the privacy of students and the journalistic freedom of the student newspaper. The email in question was sent from a non-LSE email address to…