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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Nuclear Weapons: Learning from the Past

In politics, human life ironically seems to be of little interest; the response of the USA and Japan to the UN resolution outlawing nuclear weapons last week served as a painful confirmation of what years of raging against Western history textbooks, with their shockingly brief allusions to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, had made me suspect. The […]

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Donald Trump and the Future of US Politics

As an American studying abroad this term, following the past month of presidential primaries has felt like watching the culmination of a long, slow-burning dumpster fire. Despite months of polls and pundits claiming Donald Trump could not and would not win the Republican nominations, the recent concessions of the two remaining candidates – Senator Ted […]

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John Kerry comes to the Oxford Union

On Wednesday, 11 May, American diplomat and Secretary of State John Kerry appeared at the Oxford Union to speak to students in an unprecedented event. The Secretary’s visit, which had gone unannounced in this spring’s Union termcard, was announced to members via email on 5 May. Following the announcement, the event garnered enormous popularity, resulting […]

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The 2016 US election campaign: votes not for sale

In a post-Citizens United America, the amount of money spent on U.S. elections is staggering, making many Americans feel disillusioned with the electoral process. Though the perception of corruption and unfair influence from large campaign donations is rampant, this election cycle has proved that campaign contributions can only get a candidate so far. The fall […]

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Netflix Round-Up: House of Cards

In the three years since the premiere of House of Cards, television has changed dramatically. Rather than being forced to limit ourselves to one morsel of a story every week, we are increasingly given whole seasons of our favourite shows on a single day, and ‘binge-watching’ has become an acceptable pastime. Given the precedent set […]

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Travelling the USA

Being from the United States myself, I’ve spent every free moment I’ve had over the last two weeks planning adventures around Europe. It’s been incredibly exciting knowing I’m going to see so many of the places I’ve read about in my history books for the first time, and if I’m not careful I find myself […]

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Powersuits and Politics

In the United States the race for the 2016 Presidential election is heating up. Both parties, the Democratic and Republican, have begun to host monthly debates between their top-polling candidates and the candidates themselves are traveling the country in an effort to garner support before each party makes their selection of their endorsed candidate for […]

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Syria’s tragedy: A changing revolution

Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria has become more pronounced over the last week. On April 30th, its leader- Hassan Nasrallah- declared that he would not allow Syria “to fall into the hands” of Western backed extremists. Four days later, Israel bombed a reported shipment of missiles sent by Assad’s government to support the Lebanese guerillas. The […]

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