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November 24, 2015

Stop The Bolshie Bullying

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Written by Xiaoyuan Li, Business Finance Group Vice President   A response to the OccupyLSE piece in last week’s Beaver; Bolshie Bullying is the real issue LAST WEEK, MR L BLISSET wrote an article complaining about ‘city careers’. The discussion space at the LSE is dominated by loud voices denouncing neo-liberal capitalism and the patriarchy. The reason for this is not a lack of moral conviction or eloquence on the part…

The Quest For A New Arab Socialism

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What happens to a society when the Left loses its voice and becomes a non-entity? The current state of the Middle East offers some insight to a right-wing libertarian’s wet dream. I am by no means a seasoned follower of Middle-Eastern politics nor do I want to make gross generalisations, but if there is one thing that surprised me in the wake of the Arab Spring, it was not the…

LSE Divest Campaign Heats Up Over Green Week

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LSE Divest, a campaign for the London School of Economics (LSE) to divest from Fossil Fuels, Tobacco and Armaments companies has taken a step up during LSE SU (Students’ Union) Green Week. Their Day of Action on Thursday 19th November saw a march around campus to deliver a letter to Craig Calhoun, Director of the LSE. This week they also increased lobbying of Council prior to their meeting today, Tuesday…

The Amartya Sen Interview : On Democracy and Justice

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By Taryana Odayar and Sonali Campion. An aged gentleman wearing a bright yellow raincoat slowly shuffles into the lobby of LSE’s Old Building. He is unaccompanied and moves gingerly with unhurried yet deliberately measured steps. He takes a seat on one of the cushioned black chairs in the lobby and begins a lengthy phone conversation with someone. Students eager to get home before the torrential downpour of rain that threatens to…

Brexit : You Can Check Out Any Time You Like, But You Can Never Leave

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By James Wilken-Smith In 1975 the United Kingdom held its first ever nationwide referendum and voted overwhelmingly to remain part of the European Economic Community, committing itself to the process of European integration for the foreseeable future. Now, 40 years later, battle lines are being drawn for another round of nationwide argument over the very same issue. However, it is unlikely that this referendum, likely to be held some time…

Bevs with the Beaver ft. Phil Sheppard

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By Daniel Shears, Deputy Features Editor.    Phil Sheppard (left) is a Second year Undergraduate student at the LSE studying a degree in History. He and his companion, Peter Lyon, set up a fake company called ‘Lyon-Sheppard Web Solutions’ in order to attend the annual CBI conference, held at Grosvenor House Hotel on the 9th of November this year. Phil and Peter held up a banner reading, “CBI: VOICE OF…

One “Two” Many : China’s Two Child Policy

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By Kyi Yeung Goh Over the past few months, surprise policy announcements made by the Chinese government have become a seemingly regular feature in global news headlines. Here, policy moves ranged from the economic sphere, as illustrated by China’s stimulus package aimed at stemming a stock route, to environmental ones such as the decision to implement a nationwide cap-and-trade program. Last week on 29th October, the Chinese government continued the trend by…

Narendra Modi In London: A Question Of Style Over Substance?

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By Polly Clayton-Hatfield. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s renown as a self-publicist has won him admiration and disdain in equal measure over the course of his political career. The charismatic leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to power in 2014 following an expertly managed PR campaign that promoted ‘brand Modi’ in some of the most remote regions of the country alongside its urban centres. Modi’s recent visit to the UK, culminating…