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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…

Bidding for student support, and their society membership, representatives of Bangor’s Student Political parties have clashed at a political hustings, organised by the Bangor University Debating Society, held alongside the student fair this past Saturday. Chaired by fellow student Edward Kendall, the debate, which lasted a little over an hour, covered issues ranging from the new Trump administration to climate change. The panel was composed of: Edward Kendall – Chair of the Debate Jaydan Pratts, representing the Bangor University Conservative Society Courtney Hickey, representing the Bangor University Labour Society John Hanley, representing the Liberal Democrat Party Owen JH, representing the Bangor University Plaid…

Last week, Britain’s MPs backed UK air strikes against Islamic State in Syria, with 397 voting in favour of the airstrikes and 223 voting against. 25 MPs were either absent or did not take part in the vote. Prime Minister David Cameron stated after the results that those who had voted in favour had “taken the right decision to keep this country safe”. Within hours of the vote being decided, four British Tornados were dispatched, hitting several targets in eastern Syrian oilfields. The Government’s victory in the vote was aided by 66 Labour MPs who voted with the Government in…

The Conservative Conference that took place from the 4th to the 7th of October gave the party a chance to counter the Labour party’s conference, and it was a chance that Prime Minister David Cameron took with open arms as he lay into newly-elected Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn. “We cannot let that man inflict his security-threatening, terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating ideology on the country we love” he told his audience. Cameron was also very critical of Labour’s economic ideas, claiming they were not offering “any sensible, reasonable, rational arguments on the economy”, before later adding that “Labour ideas don’t help the poor, they hurt…

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood began her party’s conference by attacking Labour, hoping to replicate the Scottish National party’s success at the General Election and gain seats from Labour in the upcoming Welsh Assembly elections. Wood criticised Labour for taking Welsh voters for granted and repaying them with “incompetence, inaction, and indifference” before accusing Labour of reducing Wales to a “second-class” nation. She issued a rallying cry to Plaid supporters, aiming to break Labours 17-year hold of Wales by saying: “There is nothing about Wales that cannot be fixed. There is no challenge that cannot be overcome by a determined…

The Labour conference brought about new Leader Jeremy Corbyn’s first speech as leader of the party. Despite not actually discussing any policy announcements, Corbyn had many issues to talk about, ranging from the idea of renationalising the railways, to attacking the Conservative’s broken promises on child tax credits, to making solving the housing crisis his “top priority”. In his speech he also responded to Cameron’s claim that he, Corbyn, was a threat to the security of British families by stating, “there’s no security for the 2.8 million households in Britain forced into problem debt by stagnating wages and the Tory…

In the past week, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) afforded to MPs an annual wage of £74,000, a rise of £7,000 from previous years. This, claims IPSA chairman Sir Ian Kennedy, is a “one-off adjustment” to compensate for recent pension reductions and expense restrictions. However, John Ralfe revealed in the Financial Times that MPs with as little as 14 years’ service will actually be entitled to retirement bonuses worth tens of thousands, with top front bencher payments even hitting the £50,000 mark. Mr Ralfe claims that, between wages and pensions, MPs will now receive £90,000. The Prime Minister David…

Today the Liberal Democrats announced their new leader: Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron (45). He gained the position with 56.5% of the votes, defeating his opposition, Norman Lamb. 56% of members took part in the vote, with Farron winning 19,137 of 33,987 votes. The Lib Dems had a disastrous outcome from the 2015 General Election, with only eight MPs left in office. Farron’s role as leader is now to regain the ground the party has lost. The new leader has already ordered his staff to liaise with charities in their constituencies and moved Liberal Democrat HQ out of parliament…

On July 8th, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne presented his budget to parliament. This is the first Tory budget without Lid Dem input since 2010, and the second of the year. Undoubtedly, this budget will have an effect on the students of Bangor; past, present and future. We at Seren have combed through over 100 pages of statistics, numbers, and political thinkspeak to bring you the Budget for Bangor, demonstrating how the Budget will impact our students. Universities The Good News “The government has […] committed for the first time to remove the cap on student numbers, enabling thousands…

Welsh government plans to introduce regional boards which will have members of the public sitting on them have been released. Patients could have more say over the running of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board under Welsh Government’s proposals to strengthen the NHS. Six regional health boards would be set up across Wales forcing local councils and health boards to work more closely together and sharing funds for certain services, including social care. Flintshire, Wrexham, Anglesey, Gwynedd, Denbighshire and Conwy councils would work together with representatives from Betsi with a member of the public elected to sit on the panel. The…

It has been an extraordinary 24 hours. Nobody could quite believe that exit poll when it emerged, not least Paddy Ashdown, who promised to eat his hat if the poll was right. Against all expectations the Conservatives were thought to be the largest party yet shy of a majority. Would they renew their vows with the Liberal Democrats to get over that magic mark of 226? Or would Tory backbenchers prefer to partner with the DUP and UKIP? Over the course of the night one big name after another dropped like crestfallen flies. Simon Hughes. Jim Murphy. Vince Cable. Ed…

As the General Election (7th May) gets closer, Bangor University’s Debating Society have cooperated with Bangor’s Student Union to bring us ‘Candidate Question Time’. If you’re familiar with the format and structure of Candidate Question Time, this needs little explanation. If you’re not, here’s the low-down: the host of the debate was Lucy Grimes, the president of the debating society, who questioned the leaders on certain topics: education, welfare, and housing were covered extensively. The parties included in the debate were the Liberal Democrats, Welsh Labour, Welsh Conservatives, UKIP and the Socialist Labour Party. The candidates first introduced themselves in…