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Separatist Sentiment on the Rise in Hong Kong

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By Philip Apfel  Walk around the ever-bustling streets of Hong Kong these days, and pedestrians are likely to be furnishing umbrellas only when it is actually raining. Apart from the occasional lonely protester holding up a sign on a busy street corner, things seem “normal”, if not calm. One could almost be forgiven for assuming that the Umbrella movement, a series of protests that saw thousands of frustrated local citizens…

Terror Plot Foiled in Germany

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By Paula Grabosch  These are turbulent times in Germany. Last Saturday the news that the police had closed off an entire neighbourhood in Chemnitz, the third largest city in Saxony, in the search of suspected terrorists planning an attack, caused a big stir all across the country. Residents were advised to stay inside their homes as the police raided an apartment in the area. As is now known, the decisive…

The Life and Death of a Noble Protest

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By Matthew de Klerk Given the dearth of coverage on the university protests sparking across South Africa, you would be forgiven for not noticing that SA tertiary education has come under fire. While international reportage on the events has been scarce at best, even local newpapers and online ‘news’ outlets have given altogether polarised accounts of what’s happening on the ground, leading to an ‘Us-Them’ narrative that marks students as…

“Hard Brexit” will Jeopardise Environmental Protection

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By Yllka Krasniqi There has been endless commentary on the effects of ‘Hard Brexit’ on the economy, immigration and on relations between the EU and the UK, but little has been mentioned on the impact of Brexit on the environment. If pursued by Theresa May, a “Hard Brexit” would entail the withdrawal of the UK from the single market. This, in turn, would signify that the UK will no longer…

Where is the outrage for Yemen?

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By Elizabete Aunia  After the Saudi Arabia led coalition’s attack on a funeral in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, that killed 140 and injured 525 people, Human Rights Watch called for an international investigation to determine whether war crimes had been committed. The incident took place within the broader context of a severe humanitarian crisis crippling the country: famine is spreading rapidly and medical equipment and care are scarce. According to…

Gone Too Soon : In Memory of Adhil Bakeer Markar

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By Taryana Odayar, Executive Editor.     

Students Present United Front with Marginalised LSE Workers

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By Greg Sproston, Managing Editor. There was a mood of defiance and cautious optimism outside the Saw Swee Hock centre on Friday afternoon as students and others stood in solidarity with cleaners in condemnation of the treatment of staff on outsourced contracts. The event, advertised on Facebook as ‘Reinstate Alba: Justice for LSE Cleaners’ attracted a crowd of approximately 200. The organisers of the demo, the United Voices of the…

Editorial : On the Death of a Friend

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By Taryana Odayar, Executive Editor. Don’t let the title of this Editorial put you off. I am not usually one to express grief so openly, and being only 21 years old I can say that I haven’t experienced too many instances of heartbreak or angst. But last week caught me off guard completely, because last week Adhil Bakeer Markar, a friend of mine who had just started his Masters at…

Brexit, Lies, and University Challenge

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Jack Boyd, 1st Year Undergraduate It’s been a tough year so far. Brexit, Bake Off and Bowie are just a few pleasingly alliterative examples of the absolute shitter than 2016 has been. But all were ultimately to be expected. A known porcine enthusiast was the figurehead trying to save us from Brexit, Paul Hollywood is basically the Judas of the kitsch competitive baking world, and Bowie was too pure for…

Editorial : This Week in News

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By Taryana Odayar, Executive Editor.  Its already Week 3! Since last Tuesday, there have been some pretty interesting developments both at home and abroad,  so I thought I’d do a round up of the more riveting ones thus far. On Wednesday the 5th, Britain’s eurosceptic UKIP was plunged into chaos over party leader Diane James quitting, citing “personal and professional reasons”, only 18 days after being elected to the role….