Make America safe again: how many more mass shootings will there have to be before we see change?

A lone gunman fires into a public space, killing innocent victims caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. The next day the nation mourns the victims. ‘Never again’ people say; never again will families have to wake up to the news that their loved ones have been taken away from them. Sound familiar? […]

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‘Welfcom’ equivalent to Prescom planned for this year

Prescom, the society for all JCR presidents across Oxford University, which meets fortnightly, has proposed an equivalent society for Welfare Reps. Prescom currently meets fortnightly, followed by formal. It enables JCR presidents to ask for advice on starting new projects or on problems that may have arisen within college. Caitlin Brown, President at Keble College, […]

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NUS redoubles call to scrap Prevent

The National Union of Students (NUS) has today renewed demands for the government’s Prevent strategy to be scrapped. The fresh calls come following the publication of a Home Affairs Select Committee report on radicalisation and countering extremism. The report published this morning said that internet giants such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter were “consciously failing” to […]

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Could the Olympic spotlight prove too much for Rio?

As tourists begin to crowd the streets of Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics, the Western world seems to be holding its breath. Broadcasters have for months been describing Brazil’s Olympic preparations as unsafe and inadequate, and these discouraging labels seem to have stuck to the event before it has even begun. However successful […]

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Government sets out tuition fee changes in White Paper

The government has announced plans to grant Universities in England the power to increase their tuition fees above £9000 from the autumn of 2017. The plans allow for Universities whose teaching is judged to be of a high quality to increase their fees in line with inflation from the 2017-18 academic year, at present fees […]

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Why the tangled web of US foreign policy is doomed to fail

In his last state of the union address Barack Obama renewed his commitment to “use every element of national power” to support the United States’ allies, and to “mobilize the world” to in order to tackle matters of global security. Although this statement seems straightforward enough, it begs the question: who are America’s allies, exactly, […]

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Radicalisation cannot be defeated by the government alone

The consequences of the rise of Isis have spread far beyond Iraq and Syria. Most recently, the thousands of refugees who have come to Europe has powerfully demonstrated the ways in which Middle Eastern affairs can now exert great pressure on European politics.   Last month Lisa Borch, a 15-year-old Danish girl, was jailed for […]

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