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Premier League, Premier Competition?

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Written by Benjamin Thomas Second of two part series looking at the parallels between top flight football and business The Premier League is currently in an interesting position compared to other top flights throughout Europe and more broadly the footballing world. The league does not possess the best teams in the world, recent years have seen a dominance of the Champions League by the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern…

Media Outrage Fuels Media Outrage

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Written by Aris Grivokostopoulos The media’s outrage in the face of anti establishment sentiment fuels that very sentiment This week’s cover of ‘The Economist’ says it all. Title: Brexit. Subtitle: Bad for Britain, Europe and the West. Mainstream publications of every kind and orientation have been and will be taking sides on this crucial referendum, which will take place on the 23rd of June. Bombarding readers with facts and scary…

BDS Target of New Regulation

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Written by Muhummed Cassidy New guidelines appear to be aimed specifically at the BDS movement In 2005, Palestinian civil society issued a call for a campaign of Boycotts Divestment Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights.   A truly global movement against Israeli Apartheid has rapidly emerged in response to this call and BDS has been used as a strategy that allows people of conscience…

Sharing is Caring: My experience as a Food Cycle Volunteer

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What if I told you that there is a way to stop people from starving? What if I told you that this way doesn’t require more from you than giving away what you would otherwise throw away? That you can take something you don’t care about anyway and use it to save a life. Just the other Sunday I did what you might not even think of doing. I cooked…

Kanye West and Arts Funding

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Written by Alex Gray Analysing what the most important artist since Picasso has to say about funding and innovation A spate of recent tweets from Kanye West were met with widespread derision and, as with much of what Kanye does, claims that he is angry, crazy, deranged, or all of the above. This thinly veiled racism aside, the tweets deserve some more sincere analysis, as arts and innovation funding is…

Understanding Protests

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Written by Aris Grivokostopoulos To try and get under the skin of the various post-crash protest movements Very expectedly, since the outbreak of the financial crisis, we have witnessed thousands of demonstrations or strikes from nearly all occupations and socioeconomic groups, as an act of despair or anger. The latest massive and disruptive protests and demonstrations in Greece (the epicentre of this phenomenon since the country’s financial collapse) fall into…

The Other ‘Other City’

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Written by Benjamin Thomas A sideways look at the lessons that business can learn from football In 2008, the terms City, Money, and Globalisation gained a new mode of combination in the United Kingdom in an arena separate from the City of London and Greater London in general, in said year, football club Manchester City F.C. was purchased by Abu Dhabi United Group. This new ownership invested heavily in their…

Russian to Rid the Sanctions?

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Written by Capucine Cogné A closer look at the effect that the ongoing sanctions have had on Russia After the recent success of the economic sanctions on Iran, there seems to be a new found confidence in effectiveness of economic sanctions. Although articles have stressed that this depends on whether the country targeted is an ally and have suggested they are a potential cause for “de-globalisation”, most have supported this…

Big Changes for Big Pharma

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Written by Yasmin Teymourian The notion of the big, bad pharmaceutical company is dangerously over-simplistic. The Guardian recently published an article describing ‘Big Pharma’s Worst Nightmare’. In the boldly titled piece, the author attributes this notion to the career crusade of Jamie Love and provides an in-depth account of Mr. Love’s battle with ‘Big Pharma’. Clearly stated in bold letters, readers learn that ‘Jamie Love has never worked in healthcare’. However,…

Tesco Under Fire, Yet Again

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Written by Chloe Mow Tesco has hit the headlines for mismanagement and malpractice of its supply chain. Tesco have again hit the headlines, being fined for mistreating their suppliers (https://next.ft.com/content/e4ff6ea4-c416-11e5-b3b1-7b2481276e45) and I think this is something that its worth writing about. What relationship should shops have with their supply chains? How could we ensure an equitable relationship? Should we care? Since the launching of investigation in 2013 to regulate relationships…