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Hamilton: Progressive or Problematic?

Abra Heritage | Opinion and Debate Editor Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton took Broadway by storm in 2015 and has recently risen back into the limelight with its release onto the streaming service, Disney+. The musical follows the lives of several Founding Fathers of the United States, and has been praised for its inclusivity in telling the story of America’s political and economic creation. A diverse … Continue reading Hamilton: Progressive or Problematic?

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COVID-19 and Global Warming: A time for change or the end as we know it?

Tasmin Fatodu | Student Writer The International Renewable Energy Agency predicts this year’s annual emissions will reduce between 6 – 8% as a result of the pandemic. As many people all over the world worked from home and vast amounts of vehicles came off the road, it has made many people wonder: could COVID-19 highlight the necessary change needed to save the planet? Back in … Continue reading COVID-19 and Global Warming: A time for change or the end as we know it?

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Is Political Unity Ever the Answer to Crises?

Abra Heritage | Opinion and Debate Editor Democracy can not thrive nor survive without the existence of a strong, persistent opposition. Without political and social debate, change is rarely called upon by individuals in political factions. Thus, it is an opposition’s job to demand, to compete, to challenge. But with the ever-present health, social, and economic threats that accompany the pandemic, should democracy be compromised … Continue reading Is Political Unity Ever the Answer to Crises?

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RHUL Staff Voice Threatened Amid Ongoing UCU Dispute

Izzi Vaughan | Editor in Chief A proposal threatening Royal Holloway staff involvement on the College Council has been put forward by the Council Effectiveness Review. The proposal seeks to change the number of positions held by directly elected staff from six to four, and suggests that as independent members are appointed following an interview process, the same appointment process should be used for staff … Continue reading RHUL Staff Voice Threatened Amid Ongoing UCU Dispute

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Why do we think the rich should save us now?

Georgia Bisbas | Student Writer In the past few days social media has been awash with stories of generosity and kindness. There has been an upsurge in people looking out for elderly relatives and neighbours and offering help to those in their community who need it most as the threat of Coronavirus continues. On twitter however, I have witnessed a war cry of outrage against … Continue reading Why do we think the rich should save us now?

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The Art of Voting Tactically

Opinion and Debate Editor | Niamh Houston Following Boris Johnson’s failure to gain support for his proposed Brexit strategy, the current UK Prime Minister has called for a general election in the hopes of gaining a ruling majority of the Conservative party. With more seats behind Johnson in parliament, he would be much more likely to get his deal approved and in turn ‘Get Brexit … Continue reading The Art of Voting Tactically

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What happened in Bolivia was a military coup d’état, let’s not call it otherwise

Student Writer | Zafir Zafirov A few weeks ago Bolivia’s longest-serving indigenous president Evo Morales was forced by the Bolivian military to step down as the country was in the midst of protests – following the results of the October general election in which Morales ran for his fourth term in office. His decision to run for another term, albeit controversial, was allowed by an … Continue reading What happened in Bolivia was a military coup d’état, let’s not call it otherwise

Amazon Wildfires: An Insider’s Perspective

Student Writer | Isabella Haigh Over the last three months, Brazil has faced one of the worst forest fires ever in its history. Not only has this been detrimental for the agriculture and natural wildlife of the Amazon Rainforest, it will also have a larger impact on the oxygen produced that we all globally benefit from. The news is constantly filled with updates about the … Continue reading Amazon Wildfires: An Insider’s Perspective

The Infinite Inclusivity of Fan-Fiction

Student | Mercedes-Georgia Mayes Fanfiction.net is one of many websites used for the dissemination of fan-created fiction, alongside Archive of Our Own and Whattpad, and boasts fiction based on almost 2,500 pre-existing works in the ‘Books’ category alone. Within this, each franchise has anywhere between 1 and 800,000 stories attributed to it of varying length. Such dedication is impressive in itself, but it is the … Continue reading The Infinite Inclusivity of Fan-Fiction

Does Netflix celebrate or capitalise body positivity?

Editor| Cassandra Lau Recent Netflix shows have either starred actresses – like Jameela Jamil from The Good Place, and Lili Reinhart from Riverdale – who have publically advocated for body positivity, or characters who represent diverse ages, ethnicities and body types. Series like GLOWbreakdown stereotypes with multi-dimensional and bold female characters, for instance, Carmen (Britney Young) “challenges stereotypes of fat bodies as inherently unfit or unhealthy” … Continue reading Does Netflix celebrate or capitalise body positivity?