The history of cathedrals demands their preservation

Image description: Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris. Cathedrals dominate the skylines of most English towns and cities. Wonders of the medieval world, they are one of the most impressive reminders of “the Dark Ages”. They were constructed when most people would have lived in wooden hovels, which makes them the more remarkable. Despite that, modern attitudes […]

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Empire’s Wake: The Mau Mau uprising in Kenya

Image Description: Memorial in Nairobi to victims of colonialism.  “Bottles (often broken), gun barrels, knives, snakes, and vermin were thrust up men’s rectums and women’s vaginas.” “The screening teams whipped, shot, burned, and mutilated suspects, ostensibly to gather intelligence for military operations.” This June will mark the 10th anniversary of the first claim brought by […]

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Kashmir: As the conflict rages on, there may be light at the end of the tunnel

Image description:Police in Kashmir confronting violent protestors, December 2018 Few borders are as heavily militarised as the Line of Control, which separates Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan. The border sees frequent shelling and exchanges of fire between paramilitaries, killing almost 600 people and maiming hundreds more since 2018.  It is a physical testament […]

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Pete Buttigieg is Problematic

Image description: Pete Buttigieg on a rainbow background. In current polling for the democratic presidential primary, three names stand at the top. The first two, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, have a natural advantage in this crowded race, having pre-established national profiles and near universal name recognition. The third, however, is a surprise. Unlike most of […]

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The Shortcomings of the Mainstream Media: A Climate Change Perspective

Image Description: UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who has called for a World Climate Summit scheduled for September 2019 Greta Thunberg, the sixteen-year-old Swedish student who inspired the recent climate marches, has, without a doubt, furthered the cause of climate change. The passionate response from hundreds of thousands of young people is certainly encouraging as to […]

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The return of Ali Bongo: what’s next for Gabon?

Image Description: President Ali Bongo (left) with ex-president of France Francois Hollande (right). On January 15th, Gabon’s president, Ali Bongo, returned home after an extended period of absence. The victim of a stroke in October 2018, President Bongo left Gabon for medical services. Leaving Gabon in political turbulence, in part engendered by an ineffective government, […]

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