A call to the West to challenge Russia’s dictatorship

Recently, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, helped further diminish the reputation of the European Union in the United Kingdom by congratulating Vladimir Putin on winning his election. In a fawning message, Juncker wished the Russian “every success in carrying out your high responsibilities” and argued that “positive relations between the European Union and […]

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We cannot continue to ignore religious persecution

We need to wake up. The tragedy of Meriam Ibrahim, a woman sentenced to hang for marrying a Christian, has brought into sharp focus the full extent of religious persecution worldwide. The Times reported two weeks ago that 100,000 Christians are martyred every year – more than at any other time in history. A secret, […]

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The response to the no-confidence speeches reveals a deeper truth about attitudes towards sexual violence

Of all the speeches given at the Union no-confidence debate last week, a particular one stuck in my head more than any other. A male student stood up and publicly talked about having been sexually assaulted, and in doing so, he opened up a discussion that isn’t heard as much as it should be: the question […]

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It’s not just the Union President we should have no confidence in, it’s the Union

The debate on the no-confidence motion in the current Oxford Union President confirmed what I have suspected for some time. The Union is broken, and perhaps irredeemably so. For those that have not been following the national press story on the matter, the story began with a discussion in the Union regarding £1200 of Society […]

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The Oxford Student launches ‘Everyday Oxford’

The Oxford Student has launched Everyday Oxford, a new feature which aims to highlight discrimination that Oxford students face. Inspired by the Everyday Sexism Project, we’ll be publishing submissions in our Comment section, both online and in the newspaper. We want the project to be a space for students to raise awareness of discrimination and […]

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A response to #NoMakeupSelfie: Good is not the enemy of something better

The recent #NoMakeupSelfie campaign to raise cancer awareness has gone viral. The campaign, which was circulating around Facebook on Tuesday afternoon, asks women to upload selfies and “nominate” friends to follow suit, in a thinly-veiled ode to the recent “NekNominate” craze that suffocated the newsfeeds of 18-25s the world over. Financially, the campaign has been […]

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All-women shortlists serve only to patronise and underestimate women

As 2013 ends, the year in which our country lost her greatest modern Prime Minister, I find myself reflecting on the extent to which the position of women has changed since Margaret Thatcher first entered Parliament as MP for Finchley in 1959. Her first ministerial appointment came in October 1960, when she became Parliamentary Undersecretary […]

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