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Protesting: What’s it good for?

The government’s new public order bill has passed through the commons – that illustrious ‘mother of parliaments’ which has given us such hits as The clown’s nightmare before Christmas and How to tank an economy in 80 minutes. It is now at the committee stage in the House of Lords. Quite how it has managed […]

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The Qatar humiliation

With the World Cup commencing in just a few weeks, it seems this year might bring something a little more complicated than the summer nights sipping pints and cheering on our nations. However, there is a disconnect between FIFA and Qatar’s claims it will be the “best ever” and the concerns brought to light by […]

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Should we be boycotting the World Cup in Qatar?

You certainly don’t have to be a football fan to love the World Cup. The national mood soars, the pub gardens are booked to the brim, and ‘Three Lions’ ends up stuck in the heads of even the most reluctant onlooker. I don’t claim to be a football enthusiast on any level, but I have […]

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EUSA will still stream World Cup matches despite Qatar’s use of forced labour, persecution of LGBTQ+ people

Edinburgh University Students’ Association will still screen matches from the 2022 World Cup despite backlash over host country Qatar’s human rights abuses. Students’ Association president Niamh Roberts made the announcement in a letter responding to an open letter signed by 40 societies calling for EUSA to suspend plans to stream the events. Roberts said that […]

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Coronavirus: the democratic slump

The coronavirus pandemic is disrupting the world we live in. It is accelerating technological changes in society, exacerbating economic inequality, and calling into question the current global system. One key area the pandemic is affecting is global democracy.  In the wake of the coronavirus, the world faces the prospect of significant democratic decline.  Last year, Freedom […]

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Myanmar can achieve democracy, but in name only

*Content warning: descriptions of racially/ethnically motivated violence and genocide* On the first of February, General Min Aung Hlaing and the Tatmadaw (the Myanmar army) successfully deposed Aung San Suu Kyi, the democratically elected leader of Myanmar, and a member of the National League for Democracy Party. The military ushered in a yearlong ‘state of emergency’ […]

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Time to cut this transphobic shit out

CW: Transphobia Somehow, regardless of Nicola Sturgeon’s statements about zero tolerance for transphobia and the university’s similar protests, transphobic stickers have been a plague on Edinburgh’s community for quite some time. Although I wasn’t here at the time, these instances go back as far as 2018 with sayings such as ‘Seahorses are HORSES, Hotdogs are […]

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It’s high time the US re-evaluated its relationship with Israel

All the world’s a stage but, as the world’s hegemon, the United States are more than a mere player. After a year in which Israel’s domestic and coronavirus policy has led to significant abuses of human rights, the Biden administration must rethink their diplomatic relations and incentivise the Israeli government to change their policies. The […]