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The Pocket Philosopher ; Freedom of Speech

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Weekly philosophical musings by Edmund Smith.  The debate around freedom of speech in academia has been simmering away for quite some time now, and is unlikely to be disappearing anytime soon. But it may be worth considering an aspect of the debate that is sometimes lost. We typically imagine that when a person is forbidden from making a statement, that is all that it is – a prevention of something…

Hare Krishna ; serving LSE students Karma-free food

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By Sebastian Shehadi (Deputy Features Editor) and Taryana Odayar (Features Editor) George Bernard Shaw – that bastion of all things great and LSE – once said that, “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” And whilst we may be one of the most politically opinionated and ideologically diverse student bodies in London, if not the UK, there’s one thing we are all equally passionate about and which…

Tragedy, Farce and Donald Trump

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By Sam Earle. On the dramatic stage of American politics, Marx’s famous line that ‘history repeats itself’, first as tragedy and then as farce, has taken on a newly prophetic edge. In the cyclical nature of its spectacle, where the same characters and themes seem to resurface again and again, tragedy and farce are never far away.  But, as the case of Donald Trump shows, it is often hard to…

Interview with Dr Romani ; European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

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By Taryana Odayar (Features Editor) Expert applied Economist Dr Mattia Romani is the Managing Director for Country and Sector Economics at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Previously, Dr Romani was Chief Economist of the Global Green Growth Institute and worked at the World Bank. The interview was conducted at the LSE-UCL Economics Conference, which was held on the 21st of November 2015 at the LSE, and was organised by both…

Lee Bo’s Disappearance and Hong Kong – China Relations

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Under normal circumstances, a missing bookstore owner would have been nothing but a minor mention on TV and possibly a short paragraph in the newspapers. But this particular ‘kidnap’ has received attention of proportions far beyond normal; what was meant to be a purely local event has turned international. Why is that been the case? Lee Bo’s disappearance involves a Hong Kong citizen possibly taken outside legal channels by Chinese…

LSE – UCL Economics Conference 2015 ; Where is Economics going? A Future of Uncertainty

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By Taryana Odayar (Features Editor), Sebastian Shehadi, Stefanos Argyros and Daniel Shears (Deputy Features Editors).  The LSE-UCL Economics Conference was held on the 21st of November this year at the LSE, and was organised by both the LSESU Economics Society and the UCL Economist’s Society, with the endorsement and support of the LSE and UCL Economics Departments. This annual conference which has been held since 2009 has attracted leading academics,…

Interview with Peter Swann ; Industrial Economist

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By Sebastian Shehadi and Stefanos Argyros (Deputy Features Editors) Note: The following interview was conducted by Sebastian Shehadi (Deputy Features Editor), interview questions composed by Stefanos Argyros (Deputy Features Editor). Professor Peter Swann is an Emeritus Professor at Nottingham University, specialising in Industrial economics, who shared his insights on the future of innovation in his talk on “Where is Innovation Going?” at the LSE-UCL Economics Conference held on the 21st of November…

Obama Aims, Fires on Gun Control

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By Daniel Shears, Deputy Features Editor. Has Obama drastically misfired with his Executive Action on gun control? Guns, guns, guns. Here we go again. It’s one of America’s favourite political debates and yet the one where the least progress has been made. Obama tried to push through significant gun reform in the wake of the horrific Sandy Hook massacre back in 2012; his administration’s proposed legislation would have expanded background…

The End of Bipartisanship in Spain?

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By Eponine Howarth. On Sunday, December 20th, 2015, Spaniards will be driving themselves to the nearest polling station in order to vote for their new prime minister. Given the 2013 recession, the rise in unemployment (currently around 21%) and several corruption scandals, substantial political changes are being asked for. With the rise of alternative political parties such as Podemos and Ciudadanos, the main question that awaits to be answered is…

One Kid, Two Kids, Many More Chinese Kids?

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By Kyi Yeung Goh.  Over the past few months, surprise policy announcements made by the Chinese government have become a seemingly regular feature in global news headlines. Here, policy moves ranged from the economic sphere as illustrated by China’s stimulus package aimed at stemming a stock rout to environmental ones such as the decision to implement a nationwide cap-and-trade program. Last week on 29th October, the Chinese government continued the…