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Inside China’s battle to suppress Covid

76 Days, a new documentary that details the harrowing frontline battle against the Coronavirus’s initial outbreak in Wuhan, is in very few ways an overtly political film. Stripped of any soundtrack or commentary, 76 Days is instead a study into the raw emotion and panic that defined an uncompromising lockdown of 11 million people, at the time […]

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BANNED: Trump’s ‘legacy’ now canceled

More than a decade after joining the platform, one riddled with scandal and chutzpah, former president Donald Trump’s relationship with Twitter has ended in acrimony.  For years, Mr. Trump has tested the limits of acceptable speech on the platform, exposing the arbitrary enforcement of the ‘community guidelines’ that theoretically govern major social media platforms, while […]

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Soup and sailing with Murray MacDonald

Murray MacDonald tells me there are two sides to him. The ‘social media’ side of Murray – amiable, chipper, and perhaps “too confident,” he claims, in a hail-fellow-well-met sort of way – is most likely the Murray known to the Edinburgh locals that make up the Facebook group The Meadows Share, an online free exchange […]

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Covert Human Intelligence Sources bill: accountability in the justice system

Much of the glitz regarding the James Bond franchise, only exists in the minds of Hollywood producers. But, a ‘licence to kill’ may soon become a reality in the UK, as Westminster considers new legislation allowing confidential informants working for the security services to be authorised to break the law. The Covert Human Intelligence Sources […]

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Is the closure of pubs in Scotland’s central belt justified?

From Glasgow to London, from Edinburgh to Liverpool, parts of the country are facing tough new restrictions among attempts by leaders to quell a deluge of fresh coronavirus cases. Still reeling from the economic and psychological toll of nationwide lockdowns earlier this year, both Westminster and devolved governments are attempting to tread a fine line […]

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Ginsburg v. Barrett, an open seat on the US Supreme Court

The untimely death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would at any other point in time be the sole, contentious focus of American politics.  Instead, it has joined the US government’s deadly handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, President Trump’s indignant performance at the first Presidential debate, and now his positive test for the virus […]

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Louis Theroux: Life on the Edge

It is normally a godsend whenever Louis Theroux returns to our screens. The veteran  journalist, with a résumé of documentaries that detail the lives of the unorthodox, iconoclastic and heretic; rarely fails to disappoint. Throughout his career, Theroux has immersed himself amongst Scientologists, neo-Nazis, porn stars and prisoners; each time documenting just what makes his […]

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New name: who dis? DHT renamed to 40 George Square

Amid the maelstrom of political events that defined the summer, the resulting change from the George Floyd protests has been the most striking. Not a single event since the Civil Rights Movement has encouraged such a deep analysis into the presence of police brutality and other racial grievances in Western society. While renaming academic buildings […]