Rhodes scholars call on US presidential hopefuls to condemn Israel’s deportation of rights activist

Rhodes Scholars have called on presidential hopefuls and fellow Rhodes scholars, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Cory Booker, to condemn Israel’s deportation of rights activist, Omar Shakir. Shakir is Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch. His deportation has been justified by Israeli courts on the grounds that “his actions publicly to advance a boycott […]

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The Torture Report: it isn’t just morally reprehensible, it also doesn’t work

Warning: this piece contains graphic description of torture and reference to self-harm. The recent report from the US Senate Intelligence Committee (SIC) into the CIA’s post-9/11 torture programme has shocked the world. In the 480 page summary released on Tuesday, the SIC details not only the extent and ineffectiveness of torture carried out by the CIA, […]

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St Anne’s votes against blocking porn

A motion to ban student access to five porn websites was defeated in a St Anne’s JCR meeting last Sunday. The motion was proposed by the JCR Equalities and Access Officer Joe Collin in an attempt to make a public statement of the common room’s opposition to “violent and degrading pornography.” Generating considerable debate that […]

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Assange and asylum: troubling questions for the UK

The saga of Julian Assange seems to underline the hypocrisy and self-interest that characterise international politics. I will admit at the beginning of this article that I lack the expertise to conduct a detailed analysis of Julian Assange’s case. However, judging by the obvious confusion of – and frequent use of the word ‘unprecedented’ by […]

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