Freshers’ Week Ain’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be

Dear Freshers, You will probably have been dreaming of the wonders of Freshers’ Week since your UCAS offer changed from conditional to accepted. The friends you’ll make, the roaring Gatsby-esque parties, and the Freshers Fair where you will sign up to incredible societies. The reality is far from it. First of all, don’t expect the […]

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Ideology should not be sold as a commodity

The “regeneration” of Manchester’s Northern Quarter – from an industrial and predominantly working class neighbourhood to “creative and social hub” – is suspiciously familiar, following a trend that appears to have consumed London almost entirely. Dragged grudgingly onto a night out in town while home for the Christmas holidays, I found myself swept, towards the […]

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ISIS’ unwitting ally: the Western media

An unlikely symbiotic relationship is developing between the western media and ISIS. Every brutal execution video ISIS produces provides a sensationalist story for newspapers to report on. The media duly propagates the video and advertises its existence to the public. It has reached the stage where journalists are trawling the internet looking for the next […]

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Iowa proved no candidate can rest on their laurels

Underneath the controlled exterior, Hillary Clinton’s team must be frantically redesigning their strategy in a way that they could not have imagined almost a year ago. In the ten months between the announcement of her candidacy and the Iowa caucuses, the White House has predominantly been seen as hers for the taking – for some […]

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The lack of diversity in Hollywood is a slap in the face for creativity

Jada Pinkett Smith, Charlotte Rampling, Matt Damon, Lupita Nyong’o are all people who have had their say about what some will label the Oscars controversy.   For the second year the Oscars have shown how little diversity matters to them, with not one single non-white person being nominated for any acting category. Some will argue […]

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The egos of alumni should not come before student welfare

Just when we thought the debate surrounding the statue of Cecil Rhodes couldn’t get any more controversial, it just did. On Thursday night, Oriel College announced that the infamous statue of its benefactor Cecil Rhodes was to remain in place, following an extraordinary display of narcissistic egotism from its wealthy donors.   A report written […]

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Red doors and wristbands; is our reaction to the influx of refugees something reminiscent of Nazi Germany?

There was public outcry last week when it came to light that residents at a privately run but government funded refugees home in Cardiff had to wear wristbands.  The purpose of these wristbands was to entitle them to their three free meals a day, however some compared them to the yellow stars Jews were forced […]

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A Picture of Apathy – a response to Paul Adams’ article ‘Migrant Crisis: Lesbos is a microcosm of Europe’s difficulties’

When I first read Adams’ piece I was confused; was I reading a news article about the tragedy that is the refugee crisis, or was I reading a romantic novel, or even a travel brochure? There’s some lovely prose about the sea spray and the sun’s rays, but upon finishing reading I could not recall […]

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Bernie’s Brother: An Interview with Larry Sanders

Recently, I had the chance to sit down with the brother of Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Larry Sanders has lived in Oxford for decades and has been described by Senator Sanders as one of his greatest political influences. Over the space of less than an hour we managed to cover topics […]

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“You don’t get these lines without a lot of laughter” – An insight into Deborah Meaden

She practically skips down the aisle of the Goodman Library, finishes it with a slight jump, so eager to begin her speech. Meaden begins by apologising for her casual attire but she’s spent the day with the dogs and so is covered in their fluff. She races through her life story as if it was […]

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Cameron’s record on women is not as bad as some might say

David Cameron’s call for more Muslim women to be taught English is symptomatic of his mixed record on women’s issues; it is, however, more nuanced than some of his critics allege. The initiative to release £20 million of funds to improve the English of Muslim women, 22% of whom, the government claims, speak little or […]

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Should Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour learn from Podemos?

Straight-talking, anti-establishment, fiercely anti-austerity, and aiming towards the establishment of a new politics, Jeremy Corbyn and Pablo Iglesias, the leader of the Spanish radical left wing party, Podemos, represent a pan-European phenomenon giving expression to discontent and feelings of abandonment. Podemos, founded in 2014, has just won around 21% in the Spanish General election. Spanish […]

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