In Defence of Lord Patten: why ‘no-platforming’ and safe spaces miss the point

“If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought”– or so wrote George Orwell inhis essay ‘Politics and the English Language’. Language, and most especially political language, ispowerful and aware of it. All speech and writing is created with the intention of influence: propaganda and advertisements invade one’s mind with ready-made thoughts, and politicians attempt […]

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Union invites radical Islamist preacher to speak

Radical Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary has announced his invitation to the Oxford Union. Choudary has been on bail since September 2014, after being arrested under suspicion of supporting a banned terrorist group. He is the former head of al-Muhajiroun, or Islam4UK, which was banned in 2010. The proposed debate title is “This house believes that […]

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Belarus Free Theatre

Belarus is the last dictatorship in Europe. Under president Lukashenko’s regime, freedom of the press is severely restricted, media organisations are routinely harassed, and every one of its 25 theatres are state run. In 2005 Nikolai Khalezin and Natalia Koliada established the Belarus Free Theatre; they were soon joined by director Vladimir Scherban.They immediately became […]

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