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Make Peace Not War

This article was originally submitted on the 30th March 2022 President Joe Biden, on a recent visit to Warsaw, shared his thoughts on the war in Ukraine: “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.” This statement followed his calling Vladimir Putin a “butcher.” The invasion of Ukraine was unacceptable, brutal, and heartbreaking. But […]

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Putin’s ‘peace’ demands

This article was originally submitted on the 30th March Last week, Russian officials announced that the fourth round of peace negotiations with Ukraine had failed to produce any agreement between the two sides.  Unfortunately, such an outcome was only too predictable. Russia’s conditions for peace are such that it is difficult to imagine the people […]

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Lecturer accused of sharing Russian propaganda

This article was originally published in print on the 23rd March Lecturers at several universities, including the University of Edinburgh, have been accused of sharing Russian propaganda.Nadhim Zahawi, the Education Secretary, announced on 14th March that there would be a “crackdown” on the sharing of misinformation by academics at universities. Tim Hayward, a professor of […]

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Edinburgh University Russian Society responds to war in Ukraine

This article was originally submitted on the 25th March Edinburgh University’s Russian Society has reached out to its members regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine to offer them help, advice, and pastoral support. In a Facebook post on March 6, the society advised Russian students in Edinburgh to withdraw money from their Russian bank accounts […]

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Putin’s pyrrhic victories

This article was originally submitted on the 24th March We’ve seen it all before: notorious, power-mad dictator uses a massive army to brutally invade a smaller neighbour, citing “shared history” and some sort of pan-nationalism – a sorry excuse to justify ensuing horror and atrocities. Given they’re two of the most ruthless, deranged and sick […]

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University “reviewing its relationships” with Russia 

This article was originally submitted on the 23rd March In an email to students last Monday, the principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, Professor Peter Mathieson, condemned the Russian invasion and expressed support for the people of Ukraine.  This comes after Universities UK, a group made up of 140 universities, condemned the invasion, […]

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A Different First Lady

This article was originally uploaded on the 21st March War is an inherently masculine concept. It embodies all the tropes and values that traditional masculinity promotes. War values violence, egos, a lack of compassion, a ‘man up’ attitude. This is often seen in the way war is portrayed in the media, in speeches by (usually […]

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The Accidental Re-birth of the Western Alliance

This article was originally uploaded on the 19th March There are many things Putin probably didn’t anticipate when he mounted his full-scale invasion of Ukraine last month.  One of these is the extent and efficacy of Ukrainian resistance which has turned what he planned would be a swift annexation into a potentially lengthy war of […]