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Current Affairs

US withdrawal from Afghanistan signals the war on terror has changed
Written by Robert MacFarlane US President Joe Biden announced this week that troops are to be withdrawn from Afghanistan beginning 1st May, saying in a speech outside the White House, “Its time to end the forever war”. The deadline to complete the withdrawal is 11th September this year, exactly 20 …
Myanmar Risks Civil War as Military Government Attacks Pro-Democracy Protesters
Written by Oliver Toms Over 535 civilians have been killed by Government security forces after the military assumed power following a coup on 1st February. A wave of pro-democracy protests have been suppressed by government security forces, with government forces shooting directly at protesters with live ammunition in over 40 …
The Language of Bias – UK Media Reporting on Protests
Written by Robert MacFarlane Throughout the pandemic we’ve been glued to our TV’s, phones, computers and radios, eager for insight into the world that’s been denied to us. As such, more than ever our perception of current events has been based on the language used by media organisations and journalists. …
Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh has died aged 99
Written by Marie-Claire Maude Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh has died peacefully at his Windsor home at the age of 99.  In a statement issued by Buckingham Palace, “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness …

Environment

Earth Day 2021: Why Is It Important?
Written by Freya Graham Every year, on 22nd of April, people around the world celebrate Earth Day. Its mission is to ‘diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide’. What is Earth Day, and why is …
Seaspiracy: What’s the Controversy?
Written by Freya Graham If you’ve had a browse through Netflix in the last two weeks, chances are you’ve seen Seaspiracy pop up in the UK Top Ten chart. The follow-up to 2014’s Cowspiracy, Seaspiracy investigates …
Do Greener Cities Mean Happier, Healthier People?
Written by Anna Shannon The past year has seen many of us turning to our nearest available outside nature spots. We have become reacquainted with our parks, woods, lakes, and the like. The highlight of any …
Netflix’s Down to Earth with Zac Efron is returning for a second season
Written by Francesca McClimont Seeing Zac Efron present the environmental documentary Down to Earth came as somewhat of a surprise to many, particularly those who have grown up with him as the teen heartthrob Troy Bolton …

History

The Women of the Bayeux Tapestry
Written by Rebecca Mackay In 2018, then Prime Minister Theresa May, and French Premier Emmanuel Macron agreed, in a show of diplomatic goodwill, that the Bayeux Tapestry would travel to England for the first time in …
How Mod Women Used Fashion As A Freedom
Written by Amy Britton The 1960s was the decade for change. With the youth revolution occurring across western societies, young people’s ideology was rapidly changing throughout this period. And so did the fashion. One of the …
Pendle Witch Trials and the 9-Year-Old Girl
Written By Rianna Husein The year is 1612, not a year that is drilled into the average person’s brain of a year of significance; for historians and avid researchers this date marks a year of prominence …
The First Modern Olympics
Written By Charis Gambon On 6th  April 1896, the Olympic Games (a long forgotten tradition of the ancient Greek) was reborn in Athens, 1,500 years after the last Olympics. The man behind the revival of the …

Culture

Podcasts, Podcats and the Pandemic
Written by Georgie Koch Podcat  Noun (informal)  A person who is very fond of podcasts or who listens to podcasts on a regular basis. My name is Georgie and I am a ‘podcat’. The beyond …
Kris Jenner felt a ‘sense of accomplishment’ after figuring out how to pay her own bills
Written by Courtney Davies Kris Jenner revealed that she “never paid a bill” while married to Robert Kardashian, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. Her “turning point” was during a conversation with …
“I’ve Spent Nights in Haunted Houses”: A Conversation with a Paranormal Investigator
Written by Thomas McCann Why do all UFOs land in the United States? That question comes to mind when looking at examples of aliens in films and television – you are made to think …
Rewriting the Canon
TW: this article discusses racism Written by Imogen James “Hi, welcome to English Literature, today we are going to read ‘A Self Identity Journey of a Young Boy who Hates Women and Black People’ …


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