#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 ➤

‘Jeremy Corbyn is one of the most crap opposition leaders I can remember in a generation’. The Cambridge Globalist talks to Nick Clegg about Brexit, British politics and the rise of populism.

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The past few years have not been great for Nick Clegg. Once the golden boy of British politics with a 74% approval rating, the former Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats was by 2014 one of the least popular political figures in modern British history. Then a year later in 2015 the… Continue Reading ➤

Transcontinental Turkey: Where is it heading?

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Relations between Turkey and the West are undeniably fraught. The post-war paradigm of relations has shifted. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian rule has brought him into conflict with Western leaders, the debacle of Pastor Brunson indicating a new crisis point with the US, and the jailing of journalists bringing complaints from Germany. These shifting… Continue Reading ➤

The Khashoggi Affair: Political miscalculation, intellectual loss, human tragedy

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As the heavy overcast obscuring the truth behind the disappearance of U.S.-based Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi slowly dissipates, details have emerged of his gruesome, premeditated murder, carried out in his own country’s consulate. 2018 has shown itself to be a deadly year for journalists, with at least seventy killed across the globe – three… Continue Reading ➤

A “Bavarian Revolution”?

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“The election [on Sunday 14th of October]”, writes the Süddeutsche Zeitung, “was a typical Bavarian revolution. Fireworks, a lot of smoke [and] dreams in Schwabing [a central Munich district in which the Greens obtained 34% of the votes] which, throughout the night, felt like they could become true. The morning after, the Alps are still… Continue Reading ➤

How the US midterms will unfold, Part 1: The House of Representatives

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On November 6th, Americans will go to the polls to pick their representatives for both houses of Congress. All 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for election, and 35 of the Senate’s 100 seats. Half-way through Donald Trump’s first term, this is the United States’ first chance since the 2016 election to… Continue Reading ➤

Will Brexit leave Europe’s defences depleted in the face of an increasingly aggressive Russia?

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Brexit is just one of the many destabilising influences that face an increasingly precarious system of European cooperation. In fact, the haste with which the EU wishes to reach an agreement with Britain is largely driven by the need for Europeans to concentrate on more existential threats. Issues such as rising discontent over the migrant… Continue Reading ➤

Four lessons from Wittgenstein on Trump

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Lesson 1 – Politics is not science In Remarks on Frazer’s Golden Bough, Wittgenstein critiques anthropologist James George Frazer’s argument that the ritual practices (magic) of ‘primitive cultures’ are an early and ineffective form of ‘modern science’. Instead, Wittgenstein argues that societies use magic for an entirely different purpose to science – they do fundamentally… Continue Reading ➤