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Current Affairs

Intercepted over Belarus: The story of Ryanair flight FR4978
Written by Jack Vines A bizarre and unnerving news story unfolded in Belarus last week after a commercial Ryanair flight was diverted and two passengers removed from the plane. The incident occurred on Sunday 23rd May when flight FR4978 was diverted to Minsk International Airport in Belarus. The flight was …
Vaccine Hesitancy: should we be worried about uptake rates?
Written by Rob MacFarlane As the production and rollout of vaccines continues to progress worldwide, there are concerns that successes may be undermined by people not taking their doses when they are called upon to do so. Vaccine hesitancy can have a host of causes among populations, the most common …
Religious Censorship: persecution or protection?
Written by Rob MacFarlane Once again, the debate over public displays of religious clothing, as well as the relationship between state and faith, has been brought to the fore. On 25th April, a court in Quebec upheld a law that has banned public sector workers from wearing religious symbols at …
US Economic Sanctions Cripple Iran’s Pandemic Response
Written by Maddie Bridge-Davies US-Iran negotiations continue as Covid-19 supplies are blocked by sanctions The fourth round of talks over President Joe Biden's bid to re-join the Iran nuclear deal wrapped up in Vienna on 7th May. Senior officials from Russia, Germany, China, Iran, Britain and France hope to reach …

Environment

Why Are Environmental Grassroots Campaigns Overlooked And Underreported In The Media?
Written by Maryam Arshad 4 weeks, 400 grassroots campaigns – a number that’s still climbing. That was what ‘The Community Planning Alliance’ saw after they launched an interactive open access map which allowed for the locating …
In conversation with Environmental Scientist and Researcher Dr. Sarah Nelson
Written by Francesca McClimont As humans grapple with social injustice and political infighting, our planet continues to face its own battle: climate change. By taking our natural environment for granted for too long, we all face …
Nearly 1 in 10 UK butterflies extinct: How the public can support pollinators at home, during No Mow May
Written by Ark Wildlife director Sean McMenemy and environmental writer Elizabeth Waddington Following the recent legal spat between M&S and Aldi over caterpillar cakes, Chris Packham told supermarkets to “unite not fight” to save the UK’s endangered …
H&M Are Greenwashing Us Again: Can Fast Fashion Ever Be Ethical?
Written by Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse H&M’s 2021 sustainability concept, Innovation Stories, aims to ‘continue’ their journey towards sustainable fashion. The brand has dedicated themselves to championing cutting edge textiles developed by brilliant thinkers, researchers and scientists. …

History

Nuclear Colonialism: The Story of Maralinga
Written by Issy Golding In the midst of the Cold War, almost everyone was watching the race for Atomic Bombs. The world looked on as one by one major military powers created their own weapons of …
The Battle of Naseby
written by Charis Gambon The Battle of Naseby took place on 14thJune 1645 during the First English Civil War, near the village of Naseby in Northamptonshire in the open fields. The battle started in the morning …
The Consumption of Macaronis
Written by Samantha Ann Rose Brinded Content Warning: This article briefly discusses homophobia and gender prejudice. If one was to stick a feather in their cap, one may be called an extravagant, outlandish dandy, or, more …
Blood on the beaches: The Royal Army Medical Corps, D-Day 6th June 1944
Written by Ben Robertson In the 21st century its important to remember and remind those of the generations whose exposure to World War 2 and D-day are limited to games such as “Call of Duty“ and …

Culture

Dark Academia: Our Obsession and its Problems
Written by Amy Britton If you have been anywhere near Instagram or TikTok in recent years, you will have heard of the expansive world of aesthetics. Nowadays, many teenagers and young adults dedicate their …
Pink capitalism, Pinkwashing and Pride Month
Written by Dunya Simões  June 1 marks the arrival of Pride Month. Typically known for the parades, the month seeks to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, yet the concept of what Pride Month has become is …
“Another Day on Nil Points Island”: How Hated Are We at Eurovision?
Written by Jasmine Waters You guessed it – another year has passed with the UK performing badly at the Eurovision Song Contest. Except, to add insult to injury, the 2021 Grand Final gifted us …
The UK’s Foreign Language Crisis
Written by Amy Britton The UK is in the middle of a foreign language crisis. It is widely known that the UK is one of the most backwards countries in terms of language-learning and …


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