The extensive use of PCBs has left Killer Whales with an uncertain future. Is this a problem humanity can fix?

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In 2017, a killer whale (oscines orca) named Lulu became tangled in fishing lines and washed up dead on the shores of Scotland’s Isle of Tiree. Her death reiterated the threat of fishing activity to marine life but also revealed a far more permanent issue that has no clear solution. Lulu’s body was found to… Continue Reading ➤

We were promised Brexit would leave us better off – Theresa May’s deal shows we were lied to.

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In the 19th century, a web of disputes concerning the relations of two duchies along the border of Denmark and the German Confederation, Schleswig and Holstein, came to epitomise the exhausting complexity of the European political landscape in that era. Lord Palmerston, perhaps Britain’s most famous Foreign Secretary, famously remarked: ‘Only three people have ever… Continue Reading ➤

In conversation with Chris Giles, Economics Editor for the Financial Times: Britain, Brexit and the Budget

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Following the announcement on Wednesday evening that Mrs. May had finally agreed a draft withdrawal deal, the attention of the nation has been on the response of the Cabinet. Thursday saw the resignation of a number of senior ministers, including the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Dominic Raab, who claimed that he… Continue Reading ➤

What does ‘success’ mean in UK economic policy? A report on the panel discussion organised by the Bennett Institute for Public Policy.

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The Bennett Institute for Public Policy launched in 2018, as a research body attached to the University of Cambridge. The institute seeks to combine current research in technology, natural sciences and engineering with politics and social research in order to engage in global public policy debates. Chair: Professor Diane Coyle Panellists: Dr Patrick Diamond (Senior… Continue Reading ➤

The Fall of the ‘European Iron Lady’

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The regional election in Hessen, held at the end of October, saw the seemingly impossible – the beginning of the end of Angela Merkel. Following her party’s poor performance, she made a two-fold announcement. On the one hand, she would not be running for re-election at her annual party congress in December, where the Christian-Democrats… Continue Reading ➤

Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security under Obama, talks to The Cambridge Globalist

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The British have been obsessed with their own decline since the end of the Second World War. 1945 may have marked the beginning of the end of the British Empire, but those ‘halcyon days’ of Imperial Britain are still viewed with a rose-tinted nostalgia by many. The post-war reality – that the United States, not… Continue Reading ➤

How the US midterms will unfold, Part 2: The Senate

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Today marks one of the most important elections in modern American history. Trump’s election heralded the ascendancy of a divisive and populist kind of politics which has trampled the norms of American democracy. The outcome of today’s midterm elections could either demonstrate a swift repudiation of Trumpian politics, or rather its enduring appeal. If Trump’s… Continue Reading ➤

#MeToo: A success or a failure? An interview with Ella Whelan

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Ella Whelan is the author of ‘What Women Want: Fun, Freedom and an End to Feminism’ and assistant editor at Spiked. Whether it’s #Resist or #MAGA, viral movements seem to generate support and hate in equal measure. #MeToo has been no exception. It has opened a conversation which for many is long overdue. How do… Continue Reading ➤

The threat to the Atlantic puffin: With its global population dwindling, the lovable seabird faces an uncertain future

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The Atlantic puffin, fratercula artica, is widespread, with breeding populations along Canada’s Atlantic coast, Maine, coastal Northern Europe and Iceland. However, many colonies have suffered a worrying decline in recent years. The statistics do not paint a pretty picture. Erpur Snær Hansen, director of ecological research at the South Iceland Nature Centre fears that colonies… Continue Reading ➤

Ele Não: The International Media’s Complicity in the Rise of Populism in Brazil and Beyond

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Brazilian Elections: Front Page News on an Unprecedented Scale This Sunday, Brazilians will go to the polls for the second time to elect their next president, but the result is already all but decided. Right-wing populist and retired army officer Jair Bolsonaro, coming off a landslide (and almost outright) victory in the first round, is… Continue Reading ➤