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

Your Phone is Designed to Control You And Your Life

An alarming new report from The Economist exposes the extent to which tech companies are exploiting our psychological impulses to keep us hooked to our smartphones.   It often goes over our head the influence that tech products exert over our behaviour. Former google employee and leader in promoting design ethics in tech Tristan Harris explains:  “Companies say, we’re just getting better at giving people what they … Continue reading Your Phone is Designed to Control You And Your Life

Why Schools Fail Students

Author: Edducan Charles Ponzi. Bernie Madoff. Benedict Arnold. Richard Nixon. Lance Armstrong. Some copper-bottomed, hall of fame, heavy weight champions of world class liars. Their very names are synonymous with deception, lies, fabrications, flights of fancy and half truths. Notably absent from that list is ‘every school in the UK’. However, and it’s a big ‘however’, this is a catastrophic omission that everyone has been complicit … Continue reading Why Schools Fail Students

Drug Possession: The Criminalization Of Youth

The words we use matter. Be it ‘junkie’ instead of ‘addict’ or ‘she had a few drinks’ versus ‘she took drugs’ the words chosen shape the emotional response. The callous attitude which wants us to maintain criminal penalty for petty drug possession is not one premised in practicality or reasonableness. It is an ideological belief  that sees drug users as impure and addicts as a … Continue reading Drug Possession: The Criminalization Of Youth

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Is Donald Trump unintentionally promoting a liberal agenda In Europe?

  Author: Fillip Steffensen When Donald Trump won the 2016 US election, pundits predicted a populist backlash against past decades of fiscally and culturally liberal policies. Porous borders, terrorist threats and the decline of the manufacturing industry were blamed for the emergence of populism. However, 6 months after the inauguration of Donald Trump, the world -especially Europe – has experienced what I would call a liberal … Continue reading Is Donald Trump unintentionally promoting a liberal agenda In Europe?

We’re All Foreigners and We’re All Mad.

Author: Melina Zacharia  An attempt to link together two quotes of two very different writers: Jack Kerouac in a Letter to John Clellon Holmes saying, “All of life is a foreign country”   and Lewis Carroll in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland saying, “We are all mad here”   There are approximately 7,5 billion people in this place we call Earth and not even one of us … Continue reading We’re All Foreigners and We’re All Mad.

The Death of Owning

The Google generation is fascinating. Children growing up in an age with unlimited access to information at the end of their fingertips. Have a question about sex? Ask google. Forgot to do your homework? Copy and paste Wikipedia. Its incredible to believe that only twenty years ago none of this was possible. You needed to own books, actually ask real people uncomfortable questions and unless your … Continue reading The Death of Owning

Why Robots Could Be Human

Author: Jonny Scott   Robots are taking over the world! Run! But where? I’m scared! We hear a lot of crazy talk nowadays about robot dominance, endangerment of the human race and life being one big computer simulation. But is it all crazy? Or is there anything we can learn from it? Let’s pretend we’re scientists and try figure it out.   We’ve probably all heard … Continue reading Why Robots Could Be Human