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Is the End Nigh for OPEC?

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By Mallika Iyer With the US Dollar dragging down oil prices to an all-time low for the past nine months, rumours are stirring amongst the international community that OPEC’s long run is nearing its end. With the technological advances and the turbulent market forces of the past couple of years, the survival of a commodities cartel is becoming more and more difficult. Although OPEC continues to supply 40 percent of…

“Golden Skirts”: Is Female Empowerment in the City harming the Feminist Project?

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By Mika Morissette “Feminists today are too obsessed with their own elite, metropolitan lives” wrote Alison Wolf in a commentary piece for The Guardian towards the end of January. By “feminists”, she was referring to what Norway calls “golden skirts”: highly-educated and active women who campaign for more female participation in the elite spheres of business and politics. In Wolf’s opinion, feminism has been appropriated by a generation of self-interested…

Chocolate-Covered Secrets: The Man Behind Nutella

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By Julia Wacket One of the most famous, but also most secretive family-run multinationals lost its visionary leader on Valentine’s Day 2015. Michele Ferrero, Italy’s richest man with a fortune of about £23.4bn and creator behind sweets like Nutella, Ferrero Rocher or Kinder eggs, died last week after a long illness at his home in Monaco. But who was the man, whose creations are hardly ever absent from a family…

What do candy, the future of democracy and funk have in common?

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By Mika Morissette (Image courtesy of Mike Stout) Even wonder what the future has in store? I sat down for a chat with Simon Morrison, mastermind behind the upcoming FutureFest, ex-Home Office media exec and Director of Communications at Nesta, the ‘innovation charity’ behind the festival, to talk about innovation, changing the future, and Edward Snowden. Nesta was set up as the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts…

Greed or growth? Why the rich don’t like paying taxes

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By Joe Walters The relationship the rich have with taxes has been on centre stage in the past few weeks. As well as the accusations that the bank HSBC have helped their clients avoid tax, there has been a war of words between the Labour party leadership and some of the country’s most prominent businessmen over the party’s pre-election proposals to raises taxes. It is becoming abundantly clear that many…

Not as Gloomy as Expected: Global Press Trends in 2014

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By Camilla Naschert The print media industry has certainly been on a rocky path in recent years. But for those dreading the death of the morning paper, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), which represents more than 18,000 publications, including 76 national newspapers, worldwide, has good news: its World Press Trends report indicates that despite recurring prophecies about the imminent demise of newspapers, the industry’s reach has…

No More Blues for the Gay Men of China

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By Perdita Blinkhorn Dating apps seem to be all the rage in today’s smart-phone centred world with everything from Tinder to Gindr, each claiming to hold the key to happiness be that through a chance at a long-term relationship or a one night stand. One new app that is taking China by storm is called “Blued” but the difference is that this app is playing matchmaker between gay men and…

Why is the LSE so stressed about careers?!

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By Mika Morissette A few weeks ago The Beaver published a few articles on employability which caused quite a reaction. So why are LSE students so emotional about careers? I sat down with Jenny Blakesley, the Director of the LSE Career Service, to talk about career anxiety, the pitfalls of too much information and how the Career Service manages the pressures of an incredibly employable student body. Is it just…

The Imbibable Economics of Wine

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By Louis van der Linden Beauty is universally valued; wine is similar. Wine as a part of the human experience can be traced back to 6000 BC, though it is now better and more widely available than ever. The ubiquity of wine sometimes makes us forget about the complexity of its construction. For example, hilly regions, often chosen due to better exposure to sunlight, mean that the grapes have to…

Social Scene: EntSoc Gets Up Close with London Startup KweekWeek

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By Choudry Azizuddin The first event of the Lent Term was kicked off by Mehdi Nayebi and Tina Mashaalahi of KweekWeek. The London based start up is a holistic platform which connects event organisers and consumers in a single space, operating in both mobile and desktop. It has raised $3.25 million in seed investment from several angel investors, having sold over 150,000 tickets and seeing over 100,000 visitors since the…