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Overseas Students Forced to the Limit

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Written by Jinling Luo Crash! Dropping from six to just two months, international students now have drastically shortened permission to stay in the UK after graduation. Following Brexit, the visa verification criteria are pushing up against the limit. Amber Rudd announced two-tier visa regulations, as well as a new £140m “controlling migration fund” to further decrease the size of overseas student body. The government will now put stricter regulations on…

The Left Should Learn to Embrace National Pride

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By Daniel Shears, Features Editor  Nationalism seems to be exclusively a right-wing phenomenon when it comes to identities in our modern political space. The meteoric rise of nationalistic far-right parties across Europe is testament to this. We witnessed the ascendancy of Norbert Hofer of the Austrian Freedom Party in April of this year, when he came a hair’s breadth away from winning the Presidency in the final round of voting,…

A.I. and the Job Sector: Demon 2.0?

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By Philip Apfel  In the 18th century, when the industrial revolution meant that newly created machines were bound to render obsolete or at least fundamentally redefine many jobs, developments in the world of machinery were often met with borderline apocalyptic cris de coeur by the anxious citizen. Thomas Carlyle, a well-known satirist, philosopher and historian at the time, spoke of the “demon of mechanism” annihilating the modest workman’s source of…

Sub-Prime Mortgages to Sub-Prime Car Loans: People are Getting Ripped off Again

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By Ahan Varkey  Many people need a car. Public transport in most cities can be both unreliable and expensive. Add to that drastically increasing commuting distances, and the car becomes very much a modern necessity. However, it can be an expensive one, with safe and reliable vehicles often costing thousands. So, many consumers who purchase cars do so on some kind of financing plan. Ostensibly, this is a service that…

Spain : A year without a government

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By Eponine Howarth  The political deadlock in Spain continues as parties are unable to agree on the formation of any coalition after a general election in December 2015 and one in June 2016. After the most recent elections in June, the Conservative Party (PP – Partido Popular) failed to reach a majority, again. The Partido Popular, however, managed to increase its proportion of votes from 29% to 33% (123 to…

Should the European Union adopt a Common European Army ?

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By Eponine Howarth  The weekly newspaper “New Europe” published an article entitled “Germany says it’s time for a European Defence Union” on September 8th 2016. Indeed, Ursula Von Der Leyen, German Defence Minister, said so while on NATO business in Vilnius, Lithuania. The idea of a European Defence Community, aiming for common institutions, a common budget and a common army, had been proposed by the French Prime Minister, René Pleven,…

Corbyn’s victory is another dying scream of progressive politics in Britain

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By Joe Perry  And so, the inevitable happened. Nobody was really surprised when the result was announced, and Jeremy Corbyn had been re-elected leader of the Labour Party with an increased mandate – that thing he and his supporters love so dearly, and will demand everyone respects, despite their own failure to do so for past leaders. Neither were people particularly surprised when the first announcements came on Twitter from…

Was Gordon Gekko right? Is greed good?

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By Michal Wolangiewicz It is. Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed – as stated by Gordon Gekko – is right. Greed works. Greed, in all of its forms – for life, for money, for love, knowledge – clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of… corporate social responsibility (CSR). Just few people (even economists) know that afamous “invisible hand of the market” is not – contrary to…

Why it is wrong to think Britain can do it the Swiss way

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Often, way too often, Brexiteers point with the finger at Switzerland claiming it is doing well outside the European Union. But several points about the Swiss model are missing. Equally, terms such as sovereignty, immigration or democratic deficit are over used neglecting the context. Or, simply politically abused. As a Swiss citizen studying EU Politics, I aim at describing the Swiss model and why it cannot be what Brexiteers want….

Interview with 2015 Young African Achiever: James Woods Nkhutabasa

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By Taryana Odayar, Executive Editor.