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Rape prosecution: why radical change is an imminent necessity

In the last five years rapes reported to police have risen by 65%; a startling result of the lessening stigma of being a survivor, and the rise of the #MeToo movement allowing people, especially women, to speak more freely about their experiences. However our legal system, and legal systems globally, have failed to keep up. […]

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Prosecution limits for Veterans : a crime is still a crime

In a world that is ever more polarised, among the idealistic there is a certain hope that some concepts will always be considered universal. In a world where Trump will most likely be acquitted for a crime of office, they hope that some crimes will always be prosecuted, that justice will be served in a […]

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Extinction Rebellion are a non-existant threat to the British public

Last week, in a police guidance booklet, the environmental peaceful protest group Extinction Rebellion was placed on a list of extremist ideologies that counter-terrorist forces should be aware of. In a depressing, if ridiculous page spread, it included advice on how to “safeguard” young people from this. Apparent warning signs of being an environmental extremist […]

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England’s Youth Criminal Justice System Needs Reform

Youth criminal justice: it is beginning to seem as though England, yet again, is lagging behind. Not only behind major international bodies like the United Nations and European Union, but also other members of its own Union. And, it continues to ignore the recommendations of its own legal experts. Scotland is acting differently. In the […]

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Does an LGBTQ+ poppy politicise remembrance?

Over the last few weeks the Internet has seen a social media storm over a photo of a glittery rainbow poppy badge, seen for sale online as an LGBTQ+ remembrance poppy. Before I begin discussing the inherent homophobia in this, it is worth mentioning that this was not an official remembrance product, nor was it […]

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death is not simply the end of ISIS

On Sunday 27 October, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, was confirmed dead following a US raid, the video of which was later widely shared. This has, understandably, led to much celebration within political circles (including the usual selfcongratulation from Trump), and, worryingly, some feting this as the true end of ISIS as a […]

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British orphans amidst violence in Syria must be brought home

News of the Syrian conflict rears its head in the media again following Trump’s reckless withdrawal of troops and Turkey’s attack on the Kurds. It might seem to be easy for us in the UK to think that this is something no longer relevant to us. ISIS has been almost completely defeated, despite the recent […]

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Think Global, Act Local – an imperative for the transient university student

It’s a month or so into the semester, everyone is settling back into the pace of student life, and it becomes important to ask the question: do university students actually contribute positively to city life? Of course, the economic boost to local businesses of 70,000 students cannot be discounted, even if we understand that typically […]