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Alias Grace: A series for the post-Weinstein period

In the wake of the Weinstein scandal and the growing mainstream discourse around how we treat – and believe – women, Netflix’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace could not be more timely. That a true story from 19th-century Canada is just as relevant now as then shows how little has changed in our society, […]

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Sherlock Season Four fails to impress despite sensational final episode

The third episode of Sherlock’s fourth season, ‘The Final Problem’, is perhaps aptly named. It seems that the show has run its course, devolving into a season of introspective, sensational plot with less of the original charm that attracted so many towards the beginning. Let’s first look at where we were left before ‘The Final […]

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Historical Dramas: Is Versailles educational or purely entertaining?

The statement that ‘Game of Thrones has nothing on Versailles’ is just one of many headlines to emerge about the BBC’s summer period drama. Telling the story of Louis XIV of France, known the Sun King, the show aims to draw in a younger audience with explicit sex scenes, decadent parties, and sensational personal drama. […]

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It’s time we divested from arms and fossil fuels

Two major political events occurred this December: COP21 and the vote on Syrian airstrikes. After both the failure of COP and the controversy surrounding the airstrikes, Edinburgh University needs to seriously consider its investment policy and fully divest from both fossil fuel and arms companies. In 2015, the university agreed to divest from coal and […]

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Universities must do more to help asylum seekers

We are currently in the midst of the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War. With more and more people fleeing wars and persecution in Syria and elsewhere, it has never been more important for western countries to step up and help those in need. As trailblazers of politics and innovation, universities must do their […]

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Anti-terrorism strategy ‘Prevent’ is considerably flawed

Described as a “toxic brand” by none other than a former police chief, the government’s £40 million anti-terrorism strategy Prevent has recently come under fire for unfairly targeting Britain’s Muslims. Not only is this a violation of British citizens’ right to freedom from discrimination, but the viability of the programme is also doubtful. Prevent duty, […]