The media must re-assess its picturing of terrorism

‘London Bridge attack, in pictures’, appeared as the headline on the front page of most news organisations on Sunday morning. In the wake of the horrific incident on Saturday evening which killed 7 people, and left many seriously injured, the media’s response was notably focussed on images of the attack, and profiles of the dead […]

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Oxfeud: a site of hatred, or a place for the unheard voice?

‘Keep the submissions flowing, and have fun!’ – such is the bizarre language through which a festering site of resentment and anonymous verbal assaults is promoted. The purpose of the Facebook page ‘Oxfeud’ is one that has confused me since its noxious conception. Is it ‘fun’? Rarely. Harmful? Very easily. During recent weeks, JCR members […]

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Politicians must take note of student healthcare

Over the last few weeks, politicians have been criss-crossing the country, campaigning for votes in the hope of securing electoral victory. Once again, young people have been singled out as a powerful yet relatively disengaged demographic. With this in mind, it is striking that politicians have not done more to attract younger voters by proposing […]

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Jeremy Corbyn: staving off apathy in the general election

When this general election was called, many celebrities, journalists, and indeed even Labour party activists encouraged us to vote Labour in spite of Jeremy Corbyn – however, I think what this election campaign has taught us is that we should be voting Labour because of Jeremy Corbyn. A man inundated with criticism from the very […]

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Revealing the people behind narratives in U.S. politics

On November 8, 2016, Oxford grew eerily quiet. My study table in the History Faculty had a window view of weak morning sunlight, which illuminated a room full of glum stares, sniffles, and tearful exclamations. One young woman padded across the carpeted floor, stifling sobs just loud enough for me to hear: “I can’t believe […]

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Keble College’s boat-burning tradition would burn bridges

Keble College may be looking to perform a traditional boat burning if they become Head of the River. It’s a controversial move, with Garden Masters resigning and the JCR voting against it. It has highlighted some absurd college ground rules. Walking and sitting on the main lawn is not allowed but croquet and boat burning […]

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“Strong and Stable” Conservatives: a historical perspective

‘Strong and stable’ is fast becoming 2017’s equivalent of fake news: that phrase you hear every day which is driving everyone slowly insane. The Conservatives put forward a similar message in 2015, castigating Red Ed and his planned coalition of chaos, and urging voters to choose the long term economic plan instead. But seven years […]

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The student vote: a misleading double-edged sword

As the general election approaches, students across the country are preparing to vote for the future of their country. This demographic enjoys a unique position, as students may vote either in their home constituency or in the constituency in which they study – or both, in local elections. They don’t even need to inform the […]

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How can we end sexual violence in our community?

Earlier this term I attended the Oxford Union’s panel on “The World’s Shame: Ending Sexual Violence”, where I learnt that one in three women worldwide still experience physical or sexual violence. The panel was led by three powerful women including Leslee Udwin, known for creating the confronting, ‘India’s Daughter’ documentary. This documentary follows the harrowing […]

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Going Alone: A Map for Happiness in Fifth Week

One unacquainted with the term “fifth week blues” might mistake it as a commemoration for a past tragedy, or perhaps an anachronism bemoaning poor crop development from agricultural days. In Oxford, however, the week (and the emails that signify its arrival) has the quality of an impending climate catastrophe. “Blues Week” might be said to […]

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Is Avril Lavigne Dead? She is if you want her to be… 

The author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn once wrote of his time in a Soviet gulag, “All history is one continuous pestilence. There is no truth and no illusion. There is nowhere to appeal and nowhere to go.” While this expression was borne out of suffering the likes of which most of us will never understand, little could […]

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Hunting: cruelty fuelled by human arrogance and elitism

I grew up in extremely rural Oxfordshire. I lived there since the age of four, and (for some reason) have stuck around to go to university here. During those sixteen years, little has changed in terms of attitudes to hunting. Not understanding the implications of the exciting rush of dogs and horses hurtling over fences, […]

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