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Opinion pieces on LSE, domestic, and international affairs.

Anti-Zionism is Not Anti-Semitism: Thoughts from an anti-zionist Israeli Jew

    On November 7th, I attended a panel on the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, hosted by LSE’s Department of Government. On the panel was Omar Barghouti, who founded the movement in 2005. Mr. Barghouti’s introductory statement articulated the…

On Why Aung San Suu Kyi Is No Longer Worthy of Our Celebration

I’m not going to discuss the facts of the atrocities that have taken place in Myanmar or the political context in which they have occurred. If you attended today’s (Thu 9th Nov) UGM or have seen the news you’ll be…

Self-identification and the question of representation

In politics there is an on-going debate about whether you need to be from a particular community to represent that group’s interests. However, the purpose of the community representation roles within the LSE SU is to ensure that someone from…

Why I Don’t Wear a Poppy

The annual poppy appeal sees hundreds of thousands of poppies liberally splashed across town centres and donned by people who see it as a symbol of remembrance – if only this was the case. In reality, the poppy is no…

Weinstein, Spacey and Power in Sexual Harassment

The global #MeToo campaign, which followed the allegations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein, has shown the hidden prevalence of sexual misconduct, even in places which are considered to be at the forefront of championing women’s rights. This follows in…

I agree, Austerity does not work in Greece

‘Look at Spain, Portugal and Greece! It’s possible to spend your way out of debt!’, cry the critics of austerity. This seemingly counterintuitive argument certainly does have some merit. The logic of this claim is as follows: If the Government…

In Defence of the LSESU

Seventy-Four percent. This figure, published by National Student Survey (NSS), is the London School of Economics & Political Science’s (LSE) student satisfaction rate in 2017. Out of context, this figure seems reasonable, yet relatively, it is appalling. It is the…

Britian is at war with IS militants: even those from Britain

This week, Rory Stewart, a foreign office minister, confirmed a government policy that will result in hundreds of British IS volunteers facing death by air strike rather than prosecution through the British courts. The announcement was controversial even though everyone…

Paul Manafort, Uni, Jobs and the Idea of Success

Paul Manafort made me think of our present and future. That is a weird reflection, is it not? Donald Trump’s former campaign aide and manager was all over the news at the beginning of last week when, together with his…

How Hillary stole the 2016 US election from Bernie

Last year, Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign sent shockwaves through the American political world. When he announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination in April 2015, the polls showed him 70% behind Hillary Clinton. Few outside political circles had ever even…