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The Khojaly Massacre: A Tragedy Unknown

The Khojaly Massacre: A Tragedy Unknown

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Murad Muradov, MSc, Comparative Politics and Araz Borchaly, MSc, International Political Economy The day of 26th February, 2015 marks the 23rd anniversary of the Khojaly massacre; the most atrocious occasion of civilian bloodshed happened during the Armenian-Azerbaijani armed conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. As Azerbaijani students at LSE, we perceive it our duty to raise awareness about this horrendous crime against humanity among the multinational community of LSE which embodies the values…

Deflecting Questions and Irrelevant Answers

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Writing as a non-affiliated attendee of the Israeli Ambassador’s talk hosted by the LSE: Firstly, I thought it was shocking that Taub commented on the LSESU PalSoc and FemSoc joint event on Gender and Resistance in Occupied Palestine, something which he did not attend and his comment completely misrepresented. As this is an issue currently under investigation by both the school and the SU, it is highly inappropriate for an…

Crimea River: Ukraine Isn’t The Only Victim

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I am a Russian and a patriot. Having said that, I do not love every aspect of my country and am not prepared to stand for the atrocious behaviour of Russia’s leaders. Having said that, when I listen to some of the things that the LSE Ukrainians come out with I am willing to put a tick in Putin’s box on the next ballot. I would guess that I am…

Narendra Modi: Harbinger of a new World Order?

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By Taryana Odayar “Divisions and the spread of nationalism in South Asia represent other dangers for the future and should be diverted by cooperation between countries at many levels, for example in civil societies, as well in diverse international organizations, such as the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation.” –  Francesco Brunello Zanitti. The 16th of May 2014 proved to be a significant day for the Republic of India as…

Meet Charlie, the biggest hypocrite of Europe

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has thTwo issues have sprung up in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical newspaper: the right to free expression and the issue of tolerance. Both are highly praised in the western world, but are in fact quite incompatible. The enormous show of solidarity from a range of countries in support of France’s tragic loss is commendable and I greatly admire it. However, the issue…

How the narratives we build affect our understanding of news: Tunisia’s 2014 election

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We prefer a compact story over raw facts. From stock-market fluctuations to our day-to-day lives, we reconcile and rationalise events by building causal narratives. Nassim Thaleb refers to the tendency as a problem of overinterpretation. Causal explanations bind facts together, making them easier to remember and understand. However, when such a causal explanation is misplaced, it wrongly creates an impression of understanding where there is none. The problem, then, is…

The Charlie Hebdo Attacks: Security, Extremism and Free Speech

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On the 7th January, the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine, were attacked. The two suspected gunmen have now been killed in a raid on a warehouse in Dammartin-en-Goele, a town 22 miles north of Paris. Yet the attack which killed 12 people raises important points about Islamic extremism, free expression and security. Firstly, was security neglected at the offices of Charlie Hebdo? After all it was infamous…

Remembering Bosnia

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Text and Photography by Rahat Siddique, Nadia Raslan, Riz Nasrullah, Mustafaen Kamal and Anisa Ahmed A few LSE students were lucky enough to accompany a delegation of students and professionals to Bosnia in December. It was a truly eye opening experiencing and although words cannot do justice to the emotions felt, we have diarised what we were able to see. Our trip was organised by the Remembering Srebrenica charity, which…

CHIZIL: An Emerging Global Force

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By Taryana Odayar. Brazilian Minister of Strategic Affairs Marcelo Neri was optimistic about the direction of socio-economic policy decisions in Brazil, as he delivered a public lecture here at the LSE which was organized by the LSE Brazilian Society. Minister Neri is a notable politician and academic who holds a PhD from Princeton University and has appraised the policies of over 24 countries, as well as being instrumental in the…

Right 2 Education Week Reminds Us of Struggle of Palestinian Students

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Last Wednesday’s student protest in London reminded us of the importance of equal access to education for everyone and thus rather appropriately ushered in Right 2 Education week. Right 2 Education (R2E) week, taking place this November, is a non-violent, student-led campaign, which seeks to expose Israel’s systematic obstruction of Palestinian access to education in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Originally founded by Birzeit University in the West Bank,…