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A small drop in a very large ocean

Starting November off with a bang, Nicola Sturgeon has announced that Scotland would pledge £1 million to help developing countries to deal with the “loss and damage” of climate change. This money will be coming from the Climate Justice Fund which will be increasing from £6 million to £24 million. Scotland has received praise from […]

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Students VS climate change: Should you go vegan?

It has been reported that there are currently between 750,000 and one million ‘dietary vegans’ in the UK. This is a rough estimate, but it gives us an idea of how widespread veganism is. In a recent survey, it was found that concern for the environment was the second-most popular reason given for turning vegan, […]

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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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University cuts pay and cancels construction due to financial strain

Like many institutions across the world, the University of Edinburgh is having to make difficult financial decisions owing to pressures caused by the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Last May, Principal Peter Mathieson revealed in a letter to all staff that the University is expected to face a “significant financial challenge” in the 2020/21 […]

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Klarna and Clearpay: A false sense of financial security?

In 2020, online shopping is almost as synonymous with student life as beans on toast. Busy schedules make the idea of trekking all the way to the high street an unrealistic afternoon activity, especially when there are literally thousands of options more readily available online. Why give up hours of your day to find the […]

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Is Covid-19 in fact exposing, rather than causing, The University of Edinburgh’s financial troubles?

There has been much said about the emails recently sent from Peter Mathieson. On the 24th of April he stated that Edinburgh needed to “think the unthinkable” and in a later email added that “staffing and non-staffing costs will need to be cut”. National organisations such the BBC and The Scotsman have reported on the […]

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ISIS’ well-defined finance arm has afforded it military and political control

Carving out a caliphate costs money. Through extortion, finance, and the spoils of war has the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS, been able to afford its military and political dominion in northern Iraq and parts of Syria. The vast revenues ISIS has managed to accrue mean it is perhaps the best-funded terrorist organisation […]