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Challenging the Progressive Orthodoxy and Reassessing Globalisation

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By Daniel Shears, Features Editor The question seems obvious at face value; the word globalisation is often associated with other terms/buzzwords such as broad-minded, universalistic, tolerant, cosmopolitan and progressive. Those who reject globalisation are derided as small minded parochialists who fail to see the “bigger picture”. In Britain, the Leave campaign was associated with an archaic conception of 20th century nationalism, and mocked for its apparent ignorance of global interdependence,…

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…

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…

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…