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March 21, 2017

The Problematic Politics of Bulgaria

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  By Petar Murginski How can Bulgaria transition from a system with perceived problems to a global nation? Are elections really the problem of contemporary Bulgaria? The transition epoch in Bulgaria created an abyss between the political leadership and society at large – the lack of transparency in governance of the former, led to the demographic crisis of the latter. The pseudo-democratic ideology became a defence of the status quo,…

The Future of LSESU Democracy

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By Peter Lyon Thoughts from a hack on where we’ve gone wrong and how we might fix it In last week’s edition of this newspaper, I read with interest Benjamin Thomas’ and Hari Prabu’s accounts of the state of democracy in LSESU. Everyone seems to agree that it is in a very poor state. One only needs to consider the appallingly low attendance at UGMs, the absence of opposition to…

Justice for Cleaners; Fighting Exploitation

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By the Members of Justice For Cleaners Campaign Staff and Students went on strike to show solidarity with Noonan cleaners at the LSE While our university considers itself an international expert on inequality, it runs an unfair and exploitative employment hierarchy, outsourcing its cleaning services to a company called Noonan. Noonan does the “dirty work” for the LSE, allegedly using intimidation to overwork the staff and victimising those who question…

AI and the Future of Graduate Recruiting

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By Aruna Krishnan The rise of artificial intelligence poses both opportunities and risks for corporations When Trump harshly shooed away immigrants from the US for they were stealing jobs that belonged to ‘white people’, he did not acknowledge the other side to the story. Artificial intelligence and robots have started taking over jobs extensively and that even includes the job where you hire the right candidate for the company –…

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Election

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  By J Kwong Despite three candidates, the election outcome is unlikely to be a surprise.  In the wake of ever greater societal and political discontent, Hong Kong will select its new Chief Executive, on the 26th of March. The official head of government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Of the three candidates running the in election, Carrie Lam, the former Chief Secretary, is seen as the favourite to…

Relentless Fighting in the Central African Republic

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The fighting and civil war in CAR will not stop until its neighbours leave it alone. By Cameron Chippindale The Central African Republic (CAR) has been beset by conflict since December 2012 when a rebel alliance from the North of the country descended on the capital Bangui and ousted President Francois Bozize. For the majority of the following events on the ground, this armed uprising was perplexing. The alliance, which…

People of Korea Expect to be Exploited Again

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By Aruna Krishnan Unknown outcome of Park Geun-hye’s impeachment will produce status-quo results When Park Geun-hye assumed office as South Korea’s first woman President in early 2013 on a wave of popularity, not many could have foreseen her impeachment on corruption charges fewer than four years later. Such has been the impact of the scandal that several lawmakers from her own Saenuri Party voted in favour of the impeachment resolution…

Angelina Jolie Delivers Inaugural Lecture at the LSE

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by Tazeen Dhanani, Postgraduate Student On Tuesday, 14 March, students taking the course GI425: Women, Peace and Security (WPS) eagerly filled up the classroom in anticipation of a guest lecture. The prior week featured guest lecturer Lord William Hague, one of the co-founders of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) – which aims to “raise awareness of the extent of sexual violence in situations of armed conflict and rally global…

Tom Harwood Pledges to “Make the NUS Ever So Slightly Less Terrible”

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by Bhadra Sreejith, News Editor Tom Harwood, who ran for NUS delegate on a satirical campaign in which he promised to defeat ISIS through NUS boycotts, has announced that he will be running for NUS President. The 20-year-old Politics student at Durham mocked the “irrelevant grandstanding” of student union leaders during his NUS Delegate campaign, promising to build a statue of Malia Bouattia, the current NUS President. “We are a…