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Modern-day censorship: A new ending to Fight Club in China

The cult classic Fight Club has just undergone a surprising change, to the chagrin of many viewers: a drastically altered new ending, which was recently uploaded by Chinese streaming site Tencent Video. The original ending in David Fincher’s film sees the Narrator kill off his alter-ego, Tyler Durden, who transpires to be a psychological projection, […]

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Winter Olympic apathy

The Olympics’ slightly chillier Winter edition will be underway as you are reading this, and yet you would be forgiven for having forgotten to tune in. The usual round of offensively twee promotional media has been notably absent from our screens this time around and – whilst there is generally less interest in the Winter […]

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Let’s Go Brandon: A Year of Biden

What could possibly be more tragically fitting a metaphor for the fall of the American Empire than the election of a man who seems to be falling apart himself? A man, who, during the renaming of swimming pool, recounted in full the dreamlike tale of him fending off a gang leader by the name of […]

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Is Evergrande a timebomb of the next global financial crisis?

During the week of the 20th September, there was a massive sell-off in the stock market worldwide after Evergrande, the second largest Chinese property developer, was exposed to be at risk of collapse.  This belief in Evergrande’s collapse came from the high risk of a debt default to the creditors, which accumulated from its massive […]

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At the Munich Security Conference, Biden pulls no punches

“America is back,” US President Joe Biden boldly asserted at the Munich Security Conference this February, outlining a combative but calculated attitude in dealing with America’s most militaristic adversaries.  Unlike previous presidencies, Mr Biden seemingly has no interest in a foreign policy ‘reset’ with Russia. His views are clear and uncompromising: Russia represents the “biggest […]

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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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The Student on Nationalism: a changing and contested idea

Nationalism. A word that means a lot of different things to different people. For some, nationalism is the inspirational promise of liberation from an occupying, tyrannical force. For others, nationalism is seen as the most egregious political philosophy of them all, chiefly responsible for the two most devastating wars in human history. Whatever your view […]

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Diplomatic Immunity: China faces few consequences over Uighur suppression

On 24th November 2019, a collection of leaked documents from the Chinese government revealed the extent of the suppression of the Uighur ethnic minority in Xinjiang province. The “China cables” confirmed that “re-education camps” were part of a concerted effort to eradicate Uighur culture. In the immediate aftermath, fuelled by popular outcry, Western governments released […]