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Band Aid 30; Western Saviourship?

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This weekend, Bob Geldof and his new line up have been busy recording the 4th edition of ‘Do they know it’s Christmas?’ This year it will be fundraising for the fight against Ebola. But 30 years after the original 1984 recording, is another Band Aid really a good idea? Of course, the cause is a deserving one. The fight against Ebola has so far been severely underfunded. According to the…

Humanitarian Intervention : International Law and the lessons learnt from Afghanistan

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By Taryana Odayar. To intervene or not to intervene? That is the question. Or, in other words, do we trample over another country’s sovereignty in order to satisfy our ideals of self-defence and save civilian lives? In order to find an answer to this multi-faceted question, we must first look at what is meant by the term ‘humanitarian intervention,’ commonly referred to as the ‘responsibility to protect’ or R2P. Interestingly,…

A Humanitarian Disaster: A Stronger Response Is Urgently Needed to Tackle Ebola in West Africa

A Humanitarian Disaster: A Stronger Response Is Urgently Needed to Tackle Ebola in West Africa

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Efforts to end the crisis have so far been inadequate. The virus will only be stopped if Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea receive the necessary resources. “Ebola is destroying my community. Our people are suffering. The situation is causing more and more people to die from hunger, childbirth, diahorrea and malaria. Over 50 people I know have died. My 3 year old cousin survived Ebola but lost his uncle, mum…

Why It’s Important That Old Cleric in Iran Just Passed Away

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          Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani passed away at 83 years old on Tuesday morning, after almost five months of being in a coma. A moderate conservative, Mahdavi Kani was serving as Chairman of Iran’s Assembly of Experts, an elected body of 86 members which monitors and has the power to elect or dismiss the country’s Supreme Leader. Essentially, this is the only body in the…

The Syrian Dilemma: A fragmented National Identity

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By Taryana Odayar As the number of refugees leaving Syria continues to swell, political analysts are touting the Syrian War as the harbinger of one of the greatest refugee crises in human history since the Second World War. But this is arguably only just one of the pressing concerns facing the Assad regime, for another far more disturbing threat to the Syrian people is rankling. As more and more Syrians…

Settlements, Settlements, Settlements

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A critical look at the facts about Israeli settlements in the West Bank BY Erik Tate At the core of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks is the issue of settlements. The creation of a viable Palestinian state and the establishment of the two-state solution hinges upon these as the facts on the ground. Israeli settlements beyond the “Green Line” marking the country’s pre-1967 borders are contrary to international law as outlined…

STALEMATE IN KIEV: The Maidan So Far

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Beaver reporter Will Duffield travels to Kiev to assess the protests On November 21st, after 5 years of negotiations, Ukrainian president Victor Yanukovych backed out of talks with the EU concerning the proposed Association Agreement and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement. These treaties would have brought Ukraine closer to the European Union and the markets of Western Europe. In response, thousands of students peacefully occupied the Maidan Nezalezhnosti,…

Corruption in the European Union

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A new report reveals that corruption in EU nations totals 120bn Euros BY Aleksandra Rydzewska On February 3rd the EU commission released an anti-corruption report for its twenty eight member states. The findings vary from state to state but it is clear that there is no country that is untouched by corruption in some form. The most startling and perhaps controversial outcome of the report is the statement by Cecilia…

Christmas Just Isn’t Enough: Celebrations form Around the World

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BY NATHAN STRINGER Proclaiming ‘Tis the season’ can justify any action in the Holiday season. This is not only a fine way to legitimise perhaps ribald behavior at Christmas parties, as it is also an indisputable statement of fact. December abounds with holidays ancient, mythic, religious, modern and quirky. The birth of December holidays centers on a monumental and cosmic event: the winter solstice. The longest night and shortest day…

War Report: LGBT Rights In Russia

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By Benjamin Butterworth ‘Much of this online furore has served to enhance a fearful and xenophobic Russian public that gay rights is the agenda of a liberal, interfering outsider. That homosexuality is un-Russian’ What’s up brother”, they ask, placing their arms around the teenage boy like old school mates. “You wanted to meet Uncle Dima? What has Uncle Dima promised?” There are four guys. They say they are athletes. Coming…