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The Nobel Literature Prize Sexual Assault Scandal, Explained

While it right now is the time of the year when the Nobel prize winners are announced, it seems to be quiet about one particular prize: the literature one. For the first time in almost 70 years, there won’t be any Nobel literature laureate; instead, two people will be awarded the prize in 2019 instead of one. It’s all due to a crisis within the academy that awards the prize, caused by a massive corruption and

International

A Look At Italy’s New Minister For Family

Italy, after months of crisis and changes of mind, finally managed to create a new government on June 1, when the new Prime Minister, together with the different Ministers making up the governing body, swore loyalty to the Constitution and the Republic. While there have been several elements about these elections that destabilized Italians, seeing the list of Ministers was perhaps the most shocking one. Lorenzo Fontana is the new Minister for Family and Disability. This man,

Feminism

Ireland is Finally Voting For Abortion Rights

This morning, 25th of May, ballots in Ireland finally opened, giving the country a chance to change its controversial abortion laws once and for all. The referendum will last for the whole day, until 10pm, and around 3.2 million people are registered to vote; 100.000 extra people have been added ahead of the vote. Ireland’s legislation on termination of pregnancies have been defined as some of the strictest in the developed world. These are ruled by the Eight Amendment, which has

International

The Mediterranean is a Vast, Silent Cemetery

March 2018 recorded the lowest number of refugees reaching the Italian coasts after crossing the Mediterranean Sea, due to accords which the nation initiated with Libya last year. And, while Italy takes a weight off its shoulders, an even heavier burden is put on the refugees, which are left in atrocious conditions and can see European solidarity as nothing but a distant memory. From 2011, irregular migratory fluxes became constant in Italy, with most boats docking in its

Europe/UK, International

Tensions Are Rising in Romania and No One’s Talking About It

This week, on Tuesday morning, a state of disturbance appeared in Romania due to the new public wage law and the fiscal changes brought about as a result of this. The law was introduced despite the promises made by the ruling coalition that it would only have positive effects for the working population, leading to complaints from employees about how the new measure negatively impacted their income, asking the politicians to resolve the matter and the

International

What Praljak’s Death Means for Those Still Waiting for Justice

Slobodan Praljak, a convicted Bosnian Croat war criminal died after drinking poison as he was declared guilty in the International Criminal Tribunal. Praljak was the commander of the Bosnian Croat Defence Forces and failed to prevent murders, attacks on members of international organisations, and the destruction of the Ottoman Old Bridge as well as numerous mosques. When he discovered that his forces were rounding up and systematically executing Muslims in 1993, he did not make any

Coins stacked up with blue sky in the background
Europe/UK

Alt-Right Terror Is Now Crowdfunded

A terrifying movement has begun to gain a following in Europe; a right-wing anti-Islam group Generation Identity have been making headlines after their controversial, crowdfunded plans to “Defend Europe.” Generation Identity are part of a larger movement named the “Identitarian Movement,” whose motives serve to reduce immigration, “Islamisation” and “Defend ‘native’ Europeans from becoming a minority“. Having established a group of aggressive whites on land, with fiery demonstrations in Berlin, Paris and Vienna, the group decided that their next

Politics

DUPed out of a Decent Future? The Controversy Surrounding the Potential DUP/Tory Government

The recent UK general election results were, as usual, a little bit of a shock. Firstly, despite a very popular campaign by the Labour Party, fronted by Jeremy Corbyn, and their popularity increase by almost 10% of the vote share, they failed to get majority. The Conservative Party, who were ahead by only 2.4% of vote share, were given over 50 seats more than Labour, due to our First Past The Post voting system hyper-representing the party

Paper strips displaying "Thank You" in several languages
Europe/UK

England’s Problem With Language

Despite being in such close proximity to it, growing up in England is drastically different from growing up in mainland Europe. Like every other continent, Europe has several countries and numerous languages, teaches English from an early age, and has so many close countries that you’re likely to be able to understand at least a little of your neighbouring country’s language. England, however, doesn’t. The English language is not mutually intelligible with any other language

Europe/UK

The Populist Lego Effect – How the Far Right Could Take Over Europe

2016 ignited a worldwide Lego effect that began with the UK’s Brexit referendum.  In an unexpected turn of events, a slight majority of UK citizens voted to leave the European Union on June 23rd. This was considered to be a great victory for the UK Independence Party (UKIP), which is the United Kingdom’s leading far-right, populist party. The rise of far right populism, or as others see it, the downfall of western civilization, has frightened

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