Catalonia: Is Independence Worth It?

Author: Anna Pomortseva Puidgemont in Brussels, members of Catalan Parliament under threat of imprisonment and more than 1000 firms transferred from Catalonia to Madrid, has Catalonia declared Independence ?   ” 8 segundos de independencia ” – a new proverb for Catalonia, which speaks of a temporary phenomenon. The temporary phenomenon is the time period of independence, when on October 10th Carles Puidgemont signed a declaration … Continue reading Catalonia: Is Independence Worth It?

Fast Food News And Information Obesity

Article was originally published on the Iras Global Observer as part of a new collaboration project between their site and The Conversation Room Be it the colossal shift in our diets towards snacking processed food to the life changing opportunities of international travel arising from commercial aviation, history shows that for better or worse human behaviour and consumption patterns are shaped by new technologies. In 2017, … Continue reading Fast Food News And Information Obesity

Why Young People Are Ditching Social Media For Good

The featured image is a work by the incredibly talented Steve Cutts. Kids growing up in 2017’s digital dystopia are sold one of the biggest lies ever told. That social media is an innocuous online tool to “connect” with friends. In reality social media has destroyed meaningful connection and replaced it with artificial online packs of “like-minded individuals” who all hold the same beliefs and … Continue reading Why Young People Are Ditching Social Media For Good

Why Storytellers are the Most Powerful People on Earth

Our entire lives are governed by stories. From the idea that certain pieces of paper are worth “$20” to the belief that to live a good life one must follow their passions, the stories we believe shape the course of our lives. Humans have harnessed this power to co-operate in large numbers and create ordered communities governed by a common set of beliefs and inter-subjective … Continue reading Why Storytellers are the Most Powerful People on Earth

The Beauty Myth: Time To Wake Up

Nothing in American culture has caused so many health problems as the Beauty Myth. The belief, due to media-crazed hype, that women must be painfully thin to be beautiful has caused both physical and mental distress for so many young women. The fact these issues are mostly ignored outside the medical community is an even larger problem. It is ignored because it affects mostly the … Continue reading The Beauty Myth: Time To Wake Up

Teach Your Daughters To Break Glass Ceilings Not Break into Glass Slippers.

Why parents should worry less about their daughters fitting into glass slippers and more about shattering glass ceilings. Author: Ana Rasheed   Attend tuition 100 hours a week. Check. Make sure you get 4 A*’s at A-Level. Check. Get into a Russel Group university. Check. Get a first in your degree. Check. Now sit at home, get a job near home and wait to get … Continue reading Teach Your Daughters To Break Glass Ceilings Not Break into Glass Slippers.

Boris? Trump? Rees-Mogg? How Social Media Gave Us Pantomime Politics

Ridiculous statements go viral. From Boris’s bombastic Libya remarks to Trump’s daily Twitter toddler tantrums, nothing gets our thumb tapping that retweet button faster than outrageous political buffoonery. Be it virtue signalling, endorsing or simply showing our sheer shock and dismay, social media users love reacting to silly soundbites as newsfeeds are coloured with witty one line responses and hastily published news articles looking to … Continue reading Boris? Trump? Rees-Mogg? How Social Media Gave Us Pantomime Politics

Why Spain’s King Felipe Made The Strongest Case For Catalan Independence

Author: Dean Molyneaux Can royal intervention solve a constitutional crisis? The Catalan experience suggests the answer remains ‘no’.   For many of a certain age in Spain, the appearance of King Felipe VI in a rare live television address to the nation yesterday will surely bring back memories of the turbulent transition from dictatorship to democracy that the country experienced in the aftermath of Franco’s death. … Continue reading Why Spain’s King Felipe Made The Strongest Case For Catalan Independence

There’s no such thing as an ‘Unpaid Intern’

The legal loophole for exploitative labour is expanding at an exponential rate. Remember the days when we used to work for money? Well welcome to the world where you work for experience in the hope that one day you’ll be lucky enough to work for money. That’s the bleak reality for many young people in Ireland today faced with little option beyond unpaid internships, emigration … Continue reading There’s no such thing as an ‘Unpaid Intern’

When A Desi Girl Goes to University

Rabia Khan writes on the everyday difficulties of university life for women in the sub-continent.    ‘My mom asked me to send her a picture of what I was wearing.’  All of us flinch.  ‘OMG, same.’ More flinching. ‘What did you do?’ ‘I stopped replying.’ All of us laugh. I can’t say if this is something all girls living away from home at university experience but … Continue reading When A Desi Girl Goes to University