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February is LGBT History Month, a rewarding recognition of brave individuals across the world who spoke out in the face of adversity and defended their rights in a society that broadly did not recognize them. This February, it is important to remember to rise above oppression and converse openly so that society can continue to move forward and celebrate the stories of those who have courageously done so on behalf of everyone in the LGBT community. According to the official Lesbian Gay Bi Trans History Month organization agenda, the aim of the month is to promote equality and diversity through…

Alex Jones; the chaotic man we always see making headline news and no one is entirely sure why. With his outrageous scaremongering and absurd claims about tap water making frogs gay, it can be difficult to believe that he has any real leverage in influencing people’s political views. However, he has a core following of an estimated 6 million people, awarding him a primary position in many people’s news intake. One of those viewers, shockingly enough, is Donald Trump. Trump has outwardly praised Jones and his news outlet InfoWars, retweeted Jones’ tweets, and even appeared on the show prior to…

UCU, the UK’s largest higher education Union, has stated that 14 days of “escalating strike action” will take place nationally in February and March. The strikes will occur over a four-week period, and result from an ongoing dispute over proposed changes to staff pensions. The expected strike dates are: – Thursday 22, Friday 23 February – Monday 26, Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28 February – Monday 5, Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7, Thursday 8 March – Monday 12, Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14, Thursday 15, Friday 16 March Professor Oliver Turnbull, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning) said: “On these days, some members of…

On January 30th, the Debating Union went head to head in a competitive debate with Zoology Society, in front of an audience that nearly packed the entirety of Wheldon Lecture Theater. Each competitor had the opportunity to defend or oppose the motion, “It should be illegal for animal breeders to artificially select unhealthy characteristics for profit.” The side arguing for the motion consisted of four extremely passionate zoology students, whilst the opposing side was filled by active and talented members of the Debating Union. Prior to the beginning of the debate, the tone of the audience appeared to be unanimously…

At the point of writing, Germany’s reputation as a country of centrist stability hangs in the balance. Angela Merkel, chancellor of the CDU/CSU (Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union) since 2005 is widely regarded an icon of efficiency amidst a period of social instability in Europe with right-wing populist movements gaining ground. Despite receiving strong criticism for her handling of the refugee crisis, surveys suggest 58% of Germans want Merkel to remain chancellor. In the recent German elections, the CDU/CSU lost 65 seats, achieving 33% of the vote, leaving the CDU/CSU still the most popular party within Germany despite a diminished…

Catalonia, a region of Spain that has been seeking its independence since 1922, has seen an increase of push for the movement’s success in recent history, along with increased backlash from the Spanish government in an attempt to suppress Catalonian nationalism. This modern independence movement began in 2006 when the Spanish government attempted to overturn portions of the Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia, which defines the rights of the citizens of Catalonia. In the years following, 550 municipalities in Catalonia held referendums of independence, in which the results showed in favour of independence. Protest demonstrations for the movement have seen…

On Wednesday the 8th November Priti Patel left her office as International Development Secretary after it was revealed that she had failed to be honest with the PM regarding fourteen unofficial meeting with Israeli ministers, business people and a senior conservative lobbyist while on a personal holiday in August. She is the second of Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet to resign in a week, after Michael Fallon retired the week prior due to allegations of sexual harassment. Priti Patel is the MP for the Witham Constituency in Essex, and the first British Indian Cabinet Minister. She was a very prominent…

Martin Shkreli, founder and former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, sparked quite a bit of controversy with the candidates of the presidential election of 2016 and in the United States alike over his company’s decision to raise the price of an HIV/AIDS drug by over 5000%. Overnight, the company increased the price of daraprim, which is used in treating PCP, a type of pneumonia caused by a yeast-like fungus, and a number of other smaller medical issues, from $13.50 to $750 USD a tablet. However, there was a point in time when daraprim only cost $1 a pill. According to IMS…

Beginning in 2016, Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte initiated a war on drugs that has since been reported as one of the most harsh and debilitating drug vetting procedures to date. The Philippines have been criticized on a number of aspects of this war on drugs, and perhaps the most shocking aspect is the allowance of summary executions. A summary execution can be identified as an execution in which the accused can be killed immediately without benefiting from a trial. This means of execution has resulted in an appalling estimated 12,000 deaths to date, in which approximately 2,500 have been carried…

Amidst the current epidemic of natural disasters that are plaguing the United States, coupled with a failing tax reform and lack of legislation regarding health care, the Trump administration is staying in touch with their morals and tackling the issue that’s been on the forefront of all of our minds; football players. Among a recent surge of NFL players kneeling, locking arms, and otherwise protesting against police brutality during the ritual-like performance of the national anthem, Trump has lashed back at the players, calling them out on their lack of respect for the veterans who fought and died to defend…

On October 1st, 2017, America suffered the most deadly mass shooting in United States history. In Las Vegas, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, who lived in the local area, injured 546 and killed 58 concertgoers by firing a number of automatic weapons out of the window of the 32nd floor hotel room he was stationed in across the street.  Traditionally, the stance taken by politicians in regards to gun control matters in the United States following massacres of this nature tends to be universally retrogressive. Their philosophy is that in the mists of tragedy, the suffering of others should not be turned into…

As of late, the United States has suffered from a fair number of natural disasters, ranging from hurricanes in Texas and Florida to raging forest fires in California. One disaster that became relevant to the United States government is the recent damages caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Since 1917, residents of Puerto Rico have been granted both Puerto Rican and United States citizenship. This means that in addition to all the disasters that hit mainland United States, the US must now pay to help aid Puerto Rico as well. It is estimated that the damage done by Hurricane…

On October 17th, the Bangor University Debating Union tackled the topics of globalism and nationalism by posing the question, ‘is globalism vs. nationalism the new political divide’? The debate started off with a general rundown of what globalization is, which is essentially the elimination of barriers in terms of trade and immigration. The discussion, however, tended to lean towards whether or not immigration should take a global or national approach, since it was determined early on that economic globalization is a positive economic approach for the majority of countries. Many of the members of the debate held the ideology that…

In the recent Austrian elections, conservative politician Sebastian Kurz won the majority vote, making him the youngest leader in the European Union at only 31 years old. Kurz ran under the OVP, otherwise known as the Austrian People’s Party, and founded his campaign mainly upon promises of lowering taxes and limiting ‘political islam’. The most alarming of his campaign promises, however, is his continuously suppressive legislation regarding immigrants. He and his party were strongly in favor for the prohibition of full faced veils in courts and schools, a piece of legislation which was passed in January of this year. These…

Myanmar, a country in Southeast Asia with a population of approximately 53 million, has reached western headlines recently in regards to the increasing tensions between the Rohingya people and the Myanmar government. The Rohingya people, a Muslim minority in the Rakhine state, are subject to horrendous acts of humanity on a day to day basis. When Myanmar, which was previously regarded as Burma, gained their independence from British control in 1948, the Rohingya people were not acknowledged as an ethnic group of the country. Instead, they have been and continue to be regarded as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Since the…

An online petition has been launched to prevent the deportation of a promising Bangor University student who is just months from completing her undergraduate degree. Shiromini Satkunarajah, 20, is on course for a first in Electronic Engineering and just months away from taking her final exams yet, following a refusal for asylum, she is set to be deported back to Sri Lanka despite living in the UK for the past 8 years. Plaid Cymru Member of Parliament for Arfon, Hywel Williams has released a statement condemning the Home Office’s decision to deport Shiromini. He said: “Sri Lanka is still a…

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