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Putin’s ‘peace’ demands

This article was originally submitted on the 30th March Last week, Russian officials announced that the fourth round of peace negotiations with Ukraine had failed to produce any agreement between the two sides.  Unfortunately, such an outcome was only too predictable. Russia’s conditions for peace are such that it is difficult to imagine the people […]

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The Accidental Re-birth of the Western Alliance

This article was originally uploaded on the 19th March There are many things Putin probably didn’t anticipate when he mounted his full-scale invasion of Ukraine last month.  One of these is the extent and efficacy of Ukrainian resistance which has turned what he planned would be a swift annexation into a potentially lengthy war of […]

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Multimedia Journalism and Print’s Demise

Concern about the future of print journalism is not a recent phenomenon.  Its impending demise has been lamented since the onset of the television age in the 1950s.    Nonetheless, the rapidity of change within the industry which has taken place since the turn of the 21st century is difficult to overstate.  Major publications such as […]

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The Conservative Party and the Politics of Pandemic Recovery

One could be forgiven for missing the announcement last week of the government’s decision to go ahead with the proposed 1.25% increase in National Insurance – a tax on earnings paid by both employer and employee set to come into force in April. The move, which ministers have repeatedly downplayed in recent media appearances, will […]

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National Union of Students call on students to take strike action

The National Union of Students (NUS) have encouraged students across the UK to take part in a ‘Walk Out / Teach In’ strike on March 2nd. The aim of the protest is to create a forum enabling the discussion of ‘radical’ new approaches to higher education, such as the abolition of tuition fees, the creation […]

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Is the party over for Boris Johnson?

Boris Johnson could be forgiven for hoping that the new year might bring with it some better luck for his chaotic government.  Towards the end of 2021, he found himself in his weakest position yet, embroiled in charges of sleaze levelled against his government following its botched handling of a lobbying scandal in November.  At […]

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Anti-capitalist TV appears to have found an unlikely ally in Netflix

Even if you haven’t seen Squid Game, you’ve almost certainly heard about it. The South Korean drama has smashed Netflix’s records to become the most popular series ever streamed by the platform, attracting 111 million viewers in the first 28 days of its release.   The basic premise of Squid Game is recognisable enough – the […]

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Tequila shots and pricey pints – the cost of a night out in Edinburgh

The start of a new academic year has seen thousands of students descending on Edinburgh’s clubs for the first time in over twelve months.  Despite relief at the restoration of what to many students is a central aspect of uni life, for many the experience of clubbing again has brought with it an unwelcome reminder […]