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Opinion pieces on LSE, domestic, and international affairs.

Iraq’s Shia Militias: Does the West Need to Be Wary of its New Allies?

The Arthashastra, an ancient Sanskrit manual for Indian princes, is the first known document to claim that the enemy of one’s enemy is one’s friend. In the Middle East this proverb could not be more false yet American and other…

Time for climate optimism

When we consider the strength of the science behind climate change, along with the level of scientific consensus over it, it is extraordinary to think how frequently we hear from the climate sceptics and deniers. Whilst the deniers of this…

America’s False Debate Over Patriotism

An issue which has been dominating recent news cycles has undergone some reframing. The US President recently made a series of statements (/tweets) criticising Colin Kaepernick and his fellow NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem, claiming their actions…

Opera doesn’t need to be so unpopular

Here’s an opinion you don’t hear every day: I like opera. I’ll admit, it’s a niche art form. Most people on earth will live their lives without listening to anything remotely ‘operatic’. It’s an even more obscure passion than classical…

Why Boris was right

‘Outrageous’, ‘a nationalistic lie’, ‘wrong on every account’. These are just some of the comments discussing the 4000 word article submitted to The Telegraph by the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson. The piece, titled ‘My vision for a bold, thriving Britain…

Palestine needs a Martin McGuinness to steer a peace process

I woke on 21 March to the sad news that Martin McGuinness, the veteran Irish republican and Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister, had died after a short illness. McGuinness was one of the most influential members of Sinn Féin who…

From Freedom Fighter to Presidential Candidate: Can Joice Mujuru topple Mugabe?

By Taryana Odayar.  Joice Mujuru was the first Vice President of Zimbabwe, serving from 2004 – 2014, and is a Presidential candidate for the 2018 elections. She was a panellist for the ‘Women Leaders on the Global Stage: lessons for…

The Problematic Politics of Bulgaria

  By Petar Murginski How can Bulgaria transition from a system with perceived problems to a global nation? Are elections really the problem of contemporary Bulgaria? The transition epoch in Bulgaria created an abyss between the political leadership and society…

The Future of LSESU Democracy

By Peter Lyon Thoughts from a hack on where we’ve gone wrong and how we might fix it In last week’s edition of this newspaper, I read with interest Benjamin Thomas’ and Hari Prabu’s accounts of the state of democracy…

Justice for Cleaners; Fighting Exploitation

By the Members of Justice For Cleaners Campaign Staff and Students went on strike to show solidarity with Noonan cleaners at the LSE While our university considers itself an international expert on inequality, it runs an unfair and exploitative employment…

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