Bringing Back Sortition: How Modern Democracies Are Failing and How They Could Be Saved

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Reactions following the political developments of the past few months can generally be divided into two strands: those who believe they represent a win for democracy and those who believe they are sanctioning its end. Brexiteers and Trumpeteers rejoiced at the outcome of the referendum and presidential elections respectively because it embodied the victory of the will of the majority. Those who opposed their views were silenced by claims that this is the essence of democracy: the majority declares who the winners and losers are, and the majority is always right for the mere fact of being the majority. Continue reading “Bringing Back Sortition: How Modern Democracies Are Failing and How They Could Be Saved”

Water: Oil of the 21st Century?

kat By Katarina Salaj

Water, a natural resource of fundamental importance in sustaining all kinds of life. Something that we take for granted when we take our morning showers, make our favourite pasta or just drink a cup of tea. Population increase, economic prosperity and amplified consumption are just some of the reasons as to why we are now witnessing the fragility and limitations of this vital resource. In fact, water is the underlining cause of many social and political phenomena ranging from poverty, migrations to even civil unrest and wars. Its fundamental importance has led some to refer to it as the ‘oil of the twenty- first century’ (source 1) emphasising the need to understand the extent and gravity of geopolitical effects of its scarcity.

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Crisis in Venezuela: What’s Really Going On?

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Perhaps not dominating, but infiltrating headline news for over a year now, is the political turmoil in Venezuela. The somewhat secondary reporting style regarding this crisis could perhaps be assigned to the fact that more ‘pressing’ matters concern the west at the moment; but you only need to obtain a few of the facts regarding life on Venezuelan streets in order to truly understand the sheer catastrophic consequences that political corruption has had on Venezuelan society.

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The Calm Before the Storm (And What You Need to Know)

By Mikayla Billin

Every four years the most powerful nation in the world elects a new leader.  Tonight the United States will take part in arguably the most controversial election in history, and before polls close and results start flying in, here is a rundown of everything you need to know.
Who Can Be the 45th President of the United States?

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Will Clinton’s Hawkish Reputation Cost Her the Election?

raeesa By Raeesa Khan

When Donald Trump announced he would be running for President, hardly anyone believed he had a realistic chance of becoming the Republican nominee let alone entering the White House. At first glance his egomaniacal persona, reality TV star status, and extraordinary receding hairline made him all but unequipped for the job.  Continue reading “Will Clinton’s Hawkish Reputation Cost Her the Election?”

In Conversation With: Natasha Barrett – Free Education

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Although the concept of free education may be as foreign to some of us, as the countries where free education systems actually exists (and there are many) – it is important to talk about it and the possibilities that we as young people have to influence how education in this country operates. So what do we mean when we refer to free education? Continue reading “In Conversation With: Natasha Barrett – Free Education”