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Dear Democrats: reform or perish

“At this defining moment, change has come to America”, declared Barack Obama upon winning the presidency in 2008. And the truth is it should have been a defining moment, and change should’ve come to America. But the fact is it wasn’t, and it didn’t.  The 2008 Financial Crisis caused an economic downturn not seen since […]

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Are we missing the political messages in paintings?

Over the 20th century, art has become more and more overtly politicised, with our culture becoming more accepting of art with underlying political significance. The recent unveiling of the Obama portraits has brought to light some of the issues surrounding political art, and the way in which politics manifests in the art world. Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ […]

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Armenian genocide needs recognition

Last week, Friday 24th April, marked the centenary anniversary of what is considered the start of the Armenian genocide of 1915. What distinguishes genocide from a mass atrocity or killing? According to Raphael Lemkin, who first coined the term in 1943, genocide is the “destruction of a nation or ethnic group”. Key here is destruction, […]