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November 17, 2015

The American Dream

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By Chloe Mow First introduced in the early 20th century, 1913 to be exact, the American Dream has been the root to not only the nation’s perseverance and ambition, but also the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for other countries, as people around the world fought their way over in hopes for a taste of the promises historian James Truslow Adams popularised. This then lead to…

Hyeonseo Lee ; Interview with North Korea’s ‘Steel-Plated’ Magnolia

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By Taryana Odayar, Features Editor The first time I met Hyeonseo Lee, I was struck by what a small and diminutive figure she cut. Dressed all in black, with her soft voice and calm, almost serene composure, she looked the part of a doe-eyed ingénue. I wondered how someone who looked as though a gust of wind might blow her away could, at the age of 17, traverse 2,000 miles…

Lukashenko’s Illegitimate Autocracy

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By Daniel Shears, Deputy Features Editor On the 11th October 2015, Belarus witnessed an event which existed not in isolation, but as part of a larger chain of events connected by a historical thread of corruption and intimidation. The event in question was the Belarusian Presidential election. The outcome? A decisively overwhelming victory for Mr Alexander Lukashenko, who won 83.5% of the vote (with an apparent 87% turnout, although this has been…

Tossed but not sunk

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By Alexander Hurst Nearly a year ago tens of thousands of people gathered at Paris’s Place de la République the night of the attack on Charlie Hebdo. I was among them; the mood of the crowd was respectful, yet defiant as it converged around the statue of Marianne—symbol of the French Republic—that stood in the middle of the square, hand outstretched, frozen in copper and time. She was ringed with illuminated…

Belarus: Europe’s Last Dictatorship?

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By Capucine Cogne Where is Belarus? I conducted an informal survey asking this question: the result was that not one person got more than one of the country’s five bordering countries (Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Poland and Russia) correct. Some people even thought it was a city! Not many people seem to know anything about this small country which currently holds an important role in international relations Although Belarus has a…

The Paris Terrorist Attacks and Social Media

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by Nina Webb As I’m sure you’ve all heard, on Friday in the French capital a wave of tragic terrorist attacks by eight armed gunmen was unleashed, killing roughly 129 people. On Saturday, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, in a video circulated via the Internet stating that ‘eight brothers wearing explosive belts and carrying assault rifles’ carried out the attacks on ‘carefully chosen targets’ (although it is…

We Should Think Twice About Corporate Sponsorships of Our Student Societies

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by Julia Slupska, When the executive of the LSESU Hypothetical Society (the society name is changed to protect us from corporate sponsor wrath) announced that we had secured several hefty sponsorships for this year (the first in many sponsorship-dry years for us Hypotheticals), I (and, I suspect, the rest of the committee) thought “Yay, free money!” and moved on to the next item on the newsfeed. However, having thought about it…

A Good Start, But Not The End

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“You should never have to choose between being who you are and playing the sport you love.” These were the words of world famous rugby referee, Nigel Owen, last Tuesday night as he gave a speech at a panel discussion hosted by LSE AU Men’s Rugby club on the topic of homophobia and sexism in sport. The event, co-hosted by the Athletics Union and the LSE Equity, Diversity and Inclusion…