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Thomas Pugh

Op-ed

Against the Death Penalty: A Counter-Opinion

Can we ever rightfully condemn a person to death? It is a question that has plagued humans and our societies since our moralities first developed in the faded ages of antiquity.  The use of capital punishment is interwoven so closely within our histories that the first use of laws defining which crimes deserved execution can be found as far back as King Hammurabi’s 18th Century B.C. Babylon. Without a shadow of a doubt, the scholars

Politics

Nigel Farage Suggests Second Brexit Referendum

Nigel Farage, the ex-UKIP Leader and the most vocal and passionate “Brexiteer” pushing for Brexit, has recently suggested that the UK should perhaps have a second referendum on the issue. Maybe, just maybe, we should have a second referendum on EU membership. It would kill off the issue for a generation once and for all. https://t.co/FQxniMi5MA — Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) January 11, 2018 The 53-year-old politician made the claim soon after his presence on the

Politics

Corbyn vs. May: Using Maths to Find the More Eloquent Speaker

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are, as of now, the two towering figures that seem to dominate politics in the United Kingdom. May and Corbyn – the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition respectively – have, in their careers, endeavored to master the art of speeches, political campaigning, and persuasive language. This art, however, is not by any necessity unscientific. The truth, in fact, is the opposite. A politician can completely alter the manner

International

Electric and Hybrid Cars Outsell Competitors in Norway

Norway has cemented its position as a global leader in the fight against vehicle emissions as, for the first time ever, the country has reached a point at which 52% of new cars run on alternative fuels. Diesel vehicles, once believed to be an environmentally-friendly choice, fell rapidly in sales. In Oslo, as well as other large and affluent cities and towns within the nation, electric and hybrid cars can be commonly seen on the

International

Controversial Blue Passport for Post-Brexit Britain

For the first time since 1988, the passport of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is returning to its original blue. The document, in itself a symbol of national identity, has been burgundy red since the country entered the European Union. To this day, red passports are still being issued by Her Majesty’s Passport Office, despite the government’s full committal to Brexit and withdrawal from the E.U. The new blue passports, without

Europe/UK

The Grenfell Tower Disaster: Six Months Later

On June 14th, this year, the 24-storey Grenfell tower in North Kensington, London, set ablaze in a tragedy that claimed the lives of 71 residents and injured numerous more. The fire is believed to have started due to electrical faults in a freezer or refrigerator, and accelerated by poor fire safety preparation and the especially combustible exterior cladding in the public housing building. Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, blamed the local council and government’s

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