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Polish elections concerning for EU stability and position of left in Europe

In the recent Polish elections which took place last week, the right wing Law and Justice party won an overall majority in the lower house of Parliament, the Sejm, meaning that for the first time in Polish post communist history a party can govern without external support from another party.  While the dominating party prior […]

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Medical treatment is a right, not a privilege

Martin Shkreli, CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, has made headlines in recent weeks after purchasing the rights to out of patent drug Daraprim and subsequently increasing its price from the more affordable $13,50 to a catastrophic $750 per tablet. It is classified by the World Health Organisation as an essential medicine, thus its availability is of […]

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Taylor Swift’s new video: an Orientalist cliché

Taylor Swift’s recently released music video that accompanies her latest single, ‘Wildest Dreams’ off her album 1989 has drawn controversy for its supposed ‘whitewashing’ of Africa. The video features Swift as Marjorie Finn and Scott Eastwood as Robert Kingsley, two lovers starring together in a 1950s era film, tracing their romance and its collapse. Romantic […]

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Demanding apologies risks alienating Muslims

Kay Burley of Sky News has recently attracted controversy over an interview with a representative from Cage UK, an activist group that aims to help victims of the ‘War on Terror,’ after she dismissed some of his comments; her line of questioning eventually resulted in Cerie Bullivant abruptly leaving the interview. Burley’s line of questioning, […]

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Nail varnish encourages victim-blaming

Four North Carolina State University students have recently developed plans for a ‘date rape nail varnish,’ which, in contact with common date rape drugs such as Rohypnol and GHB, alters in colour. Designed to give women agency in preventing sexual assault, ‘Undercover Colours’ in fact highlights society’s failure to address the root cause of rape; […]