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Media overload: how much do we take in?

On 13 November 2015, 130 people died in terrorist attacks in Paris. However, eclipsed by the US election and Remembrance Day, the commemoration received little media coverage. How can we prevent such tragedies from slipping our minds, or more importantly, why should we? 299 people died in an earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy on 24 August […]

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National anthems: are they still relevant?

Until 1997, every night at 3am the orchestral tones of “God Save the Queen” would resound through the living rooms of nocturnal BBC viewers all over the UK. Tory MP Andrew Rosindell has recently requested BBC 1 to reinstate this custom in honour of Brexit. While a spokesperson for the broadcaster refuted the idea – […]

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This Week in History: Hillary Clinton is elected to the Senate, 8th November 2000

On 8 November 2000, Hillary Rodham Clinton was the first woman elected to represent New York as a Senator. Never before in US history had a first lady obtained public office. We know countless facts about the public figure Clinton, a Yale University graduate, first lady, and politician, who was once dubbed “the best-known woman […]

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Destroying the Jungle: what happens next?

Last Friday, a group of child refugees from the French Calais camp arrived at an immigration centre in Croydon, London. After months of political tug of war between Britain and France, the first 14 minors had been brought to the UK on the Monday before, and more are expected to follow during the upcoming weeks. […]

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The moral grey areas in political fundraising

In an establishment on Early Grey Street in Tollcross, customers stroll through a small but well-organised salesroom, browsing through a selection of clothes or studying the backs of used books. This place is not unlike dozens of charity shops in Edinburgh, apart from one crucial difference; signs on the shop’s entrance door and inside state […]

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This Week in History: King Eric XIV of Sweden deposed for mental disorder, September 29th, 1568

Our fascination with the unconventional lives of aristocrats was once again demonstrated the other week, when Game of Thrones received twelve Emmy awards. But stories of royal eccentricity are not confined to the realm of fiction. European history offers several examples of real-life monarchs allegedly prone to mental instability, such as King Eric XIV of […]