Is Brexit An Economic Suicide for Northern Ireland?

Is Brexit An Economic Suicide for Northern Ireland?

In a part of the United Kingdom that is often forgotten, a potential Brexit poses serious threats on the economy alongside with a historically ongoing political-religious conflict.   Easter Saturday, 2016 – A train gets stopped and vandalised in Newry, a small border town between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.   The train was completely stopped, for long enough that passengers had to switch to a bus instead. One of the passengers explained…

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Austerity in the UK: a hit at the vulnerable and those who are trying their best to support them

Austerity in the UK: a hit at the vulnerable and those who are trying their best to support them

There has been a huge focus on the extent that several disability cuts have had on the people of the UK, but many fail to realise that it is not just the disabled people that are feeling the harsh sting of austerity, but also those trying their best to support them. George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, is in charge of the UK’s budget. It is tradition that every year the chancellor arrives at…

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New Bodies on the Silver Screen: The Rise and Transformation of Transgender Cinema

New Bodies on the Silver Screen: The Rise and Transformation of Transgender Cinema

  As soon as Jake Graf could speak he would tell his parents that he was a boy, but being born with a female body meant he was still forced into dresses and pink clothing as a child. “I would ask them to use boys’ names for me, which they at first thought was cute, dismissing it as my being a ‘tomboy’, but which later became a bone of contention,” Graf said. Growing older, his…

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The Non-Touristy Side of the British Museum

The Non-Touristy Side of the British Museum

Despite of the ongoing debates that criticize the eligibility of Britain to own the cultural heritage acquired under the authority of colonialism, the basic education in the UK seems to leave many people behind on that issue.   For many, the British museum is an ideal of enlightenment, and a free scope  for students and researchers from different fields to be able to see the cultural heritage from allover the globe, only segregated by glass…

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Wetherspoons pubs help towns build community

Wetherspoons pubs help towns build community

Britain may be well known for its cities, but it is knitted together by its towns, all 48000 of them. Surrounding the metropolises of Britain’s major cities, small communities form the foundation of the UK. Ranging from a few thousand to in cases tens of thousands of inhabitants, many of these towns are fairly similar in their limitations, consisting of schools, shops, houses, and town centres. But few of these towns have a clear centre of the…

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Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Tails. Taking you Inside the Ever-Growing World of UK Furries.

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Tails. Taking you Inside the Ever-Growing World of UK Furries.

  I was seeing all these article titles online. Vanity fair: “Pleasures of the Fur…the thousands who’ve gotten in touch with their inner raccoon, or wolf, or fox. … this is no hobby. It’s sex; it’s religion; it’s a whole new way of life.” Salon: “Inside the “furries” craze: Why animal suits are the perfect fetish for our times In a culture of cat memes and role-playing games, it’s no shock that some people think…

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Ukrainian Refugees: Living in an Abandoned Spa

Ukrainian Refugees: Living in an Abandoned Spa

Sitting around a small table, sipping tea and eating lard at a refugee centre in Kiev, Vera explains the fear as she fled from Eastern Ukraine, nearly 2 years ago. ‘I called my kids, but the lines were down because of the bombs. I got home, and my kids were there, scared but okay. When my husband returned home, I said that was the final straw, and we must leave this place. I thought we would…

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‘Everyone I know talks about leaving’, unemployment forcing youth to emigrate

‘Everyone I know talks about leaving’, unemployment forcing youth to emigrate

There is nothing for young people in Macedonia. Their home country struggles to provide a stable future for them and without a strong connection to it; many see no option but to leave. By Isobel Shaddock Many say that the only way to secure a stable well-paying job is to align yourself with a political party which gives young people little motivation to stay. ‘I took an extra semester actually because I don’t really want…

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