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Macron Président: how France dodged Brexit 3.0

As my country announced centrist outsider Emmanuel Macron as new President, relief was the prominent feeling for me, and no doubt millions across the nation and the world. This is post-2016, a year which saw the rejection of politics as usual materialise into a nasty burn-everything, quasi medieval populism across…

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The Star Wars prequels are basically a guide to 2016 politics

The Star Wars prequels often get ripped apart by fans and critics. Stiff acting and dialogues, over the top reliance on CGI and the lack of wit which characterised George Lucas’ earlier films are among the common – and valid – criticisms of the second trilogy. Another disputed point is…

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My evening at the pub with Donald Trump

There are few positives to be drawn from the frightening reality that weeks away from the US election, Donald Trump’s presidential ‘campaign’ still shows no signs of slowing down. But there is one positive. Sound debate, critical thinking and decency’s loss have been comedy’s gain! Since the Republican candidate’s rise…

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Holding my hands up: I was wrong about laïcité

Laïcité is the French principle of state secularism. It is based upon the separation of church and stately institutions, including the government and education system. Laïcité was born in the context of Catholicism’s stronghold over a fast diversifying France. It aimed to nullify Catholic influence in national affairs to create an environment of…

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Don’t miss this great Karl Marx doc on BBC

As part of their Genius of the Modern World documentary series, the BBC dedicate their opening episode to one of history’s most divisive figures: Prussian-born political philosopher and sociologist Karl Marx. Marxism is the most influential methods of socioeconomic analysis ever, and has shaped the past century like no other ideology. Focusing his…

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Waking up to Brexit: a European’s political hangover

I’ve never been upset by politics before. Those close to me will know it can leave me disillusioned or disagreeing, sometimes annoyed and rarely indifferent. But never before has it left me genuinely saddened, gutted, sickened even. Until I woke up in Brexit England. The campaign to Leave the EU has…

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Referendums suck (and so do people)

In a couple of weeks, Britain will decide whether to stay or leave the EU. You may have heard about it on the news. After months of mathematical bickering, lame personal point-scoring and uncomfortable displays of xenophobia masqueraded as English patriotism, people will vote to determine Britain’s geopolitical and economic future,…

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Yes we Khan?

For some reason it took ages to count the votes, but there we have it. As expected, Labour candidate Sadiq Khan is London’s new mayor after a landslide victory over Tory Zac Goldsmith, and a bunch of idiots from Britain’s very own version of the First Order (UKIP, Britain First, BNP,…

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