Right to Protest
By Sophia Morland
Protest has many forms and not every individual can express every form of protest legally. But should the right to strike, a form of protest itself, be allowed for UK healthcare workers?
The right to strike is a more nuanced form of protest, with a widespread acceptance that some professions (the police and non-civilian personnel in the armed forces) should not have the right to. Given that the withdrawal of labour in health and care services could mean the difference of life and death for some patients, the question is burdensome. If healthcare workers have the right to protest through striking, does this then need special consideration through self-regulation or external legislation?
By James Grant
In James Wood’s article for The New Republic, ‘Human, All Too Inhuman,’ (2000) he described several of the West’s modern writers as practitioners of ‘hysterical realism’. Included in the list was Salman Rushdie, Don DeLillo, Zadie Smith, and David Foster Wallace. Wood described hysterical realism as a form of writing “not to be faulted because it lacks reality […] but because it seems evasive of reality while borrowing from realism.” He provided an example of how the hysterical realist functions in Wallace’s opus Infinite Jest; “a terrorist group devoted to the liberation of Quebec called the Wheelchair Assassins, and a film so compelling that anyone who sees it dies.” For Wood, this form of writing is constantly seeking a certain vitality. It remains in the realm of realism and yet simultaneously ‘seems evasive of it’. But the charge of hysterical realism wasn’t purely derogatory, Wood praised these writers for their quality and aestheticism, but pointed out its distinction as a form preoccupied with information rather than character, and thus adopting a Dickensian style of caricature...
Oranges in the Orient
By Yara Taha
The city of Jaffa, known in Arabic as ‘Bride of the sea /عروسه البحر is famed for its mesmerising coast and its history as Palestine’s hub of cross-regional and international trade during the 19th and 20th centuries. During this time, Jaffa was home to the most advanced commercial, banking, fishing, and agriculture industries of the region, accommodating a large number of factories from textiles to cigarette making...
Liz Truss: What Went Wrong?
By Joanne MacInnes
“I am a fighter, not a quitter!” were the words of Liz Truss to the Leader of the Opposition in PMQs on October 19th 2022. But keeping in line with the pattern of U-turns made over her forty-five-day tenure as prime minister, the very next day she announced her intention to resign from office. In doing so, she broke not one, but two records; one as the shortest-serving prime minister in the history of the UK and second as the least popular prime minister in the history of polling...
Midterms Reveal Republican Weakness
By João Santos
People from of all age brackets in red, blue, and purple states finally got to form long queues outside poll stations across the United States on Thursday the 8th November. Most polls projected a near-certain Republican victory with over 90% chance of flipping both the House of Representatives and the Senate. But, in the true American fashion, it could not have been so boring. While Republicans are still on a steady footing to control both congressional institutions, the results are too close for comfort, revealing the biggest weakness within the party...
By Nina Moisan
From its inception in 1931, the Moscow metro was aimed to be ‘the best in the world’, despite the young USSR’s lack of expertise and machinery in the area of underground transportation. The metro’s construction seemed too unreasoned that workers saw it as supernatural. Through the achievement of such an ambitious and complex project, the metro became an emblem for Stalinism and with it, carried a hopeful narrative for the future of the USSR...
In Conversation with Bansith
By Tadhg Kwasi
This was one of my ideas. I am quite interested in mythology and folklore. That’s quite separate, but I like music and I like that, because it’s my main two sort of interests. Bansith is a different spelling from Banshee and I think it’s Celtic. When we decided our concept was going to be apocalypse, end of the world, the idea just came to me because Banshees in folklore scream to signify someone’s imminent death - which is depressing - but I thought for a concept that’s about the world ending and everyone dying then it sort of seemed to fit...
Neoliberalism & Landscape Planning
By Eliana Fitzmaurice
Neoliberal politics carves out pseudo-public urban landscapes, prioritising economics over democracy, producing cities that regulate behaviour, segregate, and neglect community. Situating Canary Wharf’s privately owned public space in its British, late-stage capitalist context and comparing it to the public space of Ancient Athens – democracy’s birthplace – highlights the link between government policy, urban public space, and the wellbeing of civic life...
CRT and White Replacement Theory
By Tadhg Kwasi
It’s 2022 and the failed portions of America are still wilding out. Roe v Wade has been proposed to be repealed, replaced by propositions of archaic and absurd anti-abortion laws in numerous states. But after another anti-black mass shooting, what should’ve been correctly labelled terrorist attack, inspired by White Replacement Theory, it is time to analyse the panic over CRT (Critical Race Theory), and take a deep dive into what this all actually means...
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