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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…

A New Era of LSE SU Elections

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A call for more increasing voter turnout and more substantiated campaigning in future elections By Hari Prabu In preparing to watch Lent Term elections unfold for a fourth time, cynicism was very much at the forefront of my mind. I calmly rattled through the names of the winners to come whenever people sought the insight of a wearied electioneer. There were certain votes which mattered more than others, I explained,…

Afghanistan’s Incompetent Army

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Dire leadership, poor education and corruption: the Afghan army is performing poorly By Cameron Chippindale When NATO formally ended its combat operations in Afghanistan on December 28th 2014, few observers were deluded enough to have high hopes for the independent performance of the Afghan National Army (ANA). This pessimism was shared by the U.S military which began to prepare for this day as early as in November 2012. For all those…

Division Will Prevail in Northern Ireland

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Unionists losing majority at Stormont will not bring a new unity to the population By Alan Locke Seismic change is happening in Northern Ireland. On 3rd March, for the first time since its formation in 1925, Nationalist (pro-Irish reunification) parties have a majority at Stormont, where Unionists (pro-Union with the UK) had held the reins of power in Northern Ireland since the first elections were held in 1921. One may…