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Lifestyle Travel

Sunlight at the end of the tunnel? Places we might be able to travel this summer

I’m sure you, like me, have spent a large portion of lockdown fantasising about missed holidays- that slightly too sterile smell of an aeroplane or that immediate wave of heat on your skin when you step off one. The agonising Snapchat memories of festivals in Spain and weekends in Amsterdam leaves my heart aching for […]

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Cult Column TV

Cult Column- The Durrells, ideal escapism

Are you looking for something to beat the shoddy British weather? With a lockdown that seems endless and harsh winter nights that make us feel the pinch, many of us have turned more than ever to the glowing lights of TV and films. I have taken comfort in The Durrells. Originally aired on ITV, this […]

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The politicised fear of migrants in Greece

On the 30th January 2020, the Greek government announced a contentious new plan to build a floating barrier which will run across the Aegean Sea, implanted from the island of Lesvos. The proposal is a direct initiative to deter migrants from travelling to Greek islands by sea from Turkey in the hope of finding refuge […]

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Features

When governments fail to act, we need to stand up for refugees

In 2019, the number of displaced people around the world will likely surpass 70 million, a figure that eclipses the population of the United Kingdom.  A tragedy arguably unmatched in human history, this poses an existential challenge to humanitarian agencies and governments alike. While the civil conflict in Syria and ethnic cleansing in Myanmar grab […]

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50 years on, fascism’s legacy is alive and well in Greece

  Today marks 50 years since the coup that started the military junta in Greece. The anniversary has received almost no international coverage. This was a brutal fascist dictatorship that continues to resonate in Greek politics and society today. On 21st April 1967, a group of colonels headed by George Papadopoulos seized power in a […]

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Mass deportations are not the answer to the refugee crisis

The German Interior Ministry’s recent decision to deport newly arrived migrants back to Greece by March puts further question marks over Europe’s response to the ongoing refugee crisis. Two years ago, ‘Human Rights Watch’ accused Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia of playing ‘human Ping-Pong’ with thousands of stranded Rohingya Muslims. Now European nations appear to be […]

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Science Technology

Interview with the students who have founded Project Elpis

Samuel Kellerhals and Alexandros Angelopoulos are two second year students studying Environmental & Ecological Sciences with Management at the University of Edinburgh. They have recently created Elpis: a project that aims to provide free electricity for refugees through the use of solar-power using a completely non profit method. They plan to put their model in […]

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News

Students react to Syriza’s big win

Syriza’s electoral victory in the Greek elections has sparked varied reactions at the University of Edinburgh. Syriza, a far-left anti-austerity party, made waves after winning 36 per cent of the vote on 25th January and forming a coalition government under its radical and charismatic leader, Alexis Tsipras. While moderate and conservative authorities in the EU […]