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Last Friday’s attacks on Paris were so sudden and so violent that, for my part, all was mixed up in my head. Information was numerous and ever-changing. Figures of bombings and shooting kept increasing, not to talk about those of deaths. Then everything went really fast: a state of emergency was declared on the whole of France. In contrast with opinion piece you can find on this page, here is a factual sum up of the events. In the Stade de France, crowds were rather cheerful, as France was winning the football game against Germany. At 21:20 – Gate D…

Soweto-born Bangor University graduate Mmusi Maimane, 34, has become the leader of South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance Party. Maimane is the first black leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), the main opposition to the African National Congress (ANC). The DA’s leader of eight years, Helen Zille, 62, stepped down after leading the party to win 22% of the vote in the 2014 national election, its best performance. Ruling party and former liberation movement, the ANC, won that poll by more than 60%. Mr Maimane, 34, who is considered to be a possible future president of the “Rainbow…

‘American Horror Story’ actress Jamie Brewer has become the first woman with Down syndrome to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week. Brewer made her appearance in one of the first shows of the Fashion Week. Brewer is active in the Down syndrome community, involved in numerous organisations including the National Down Syndrome Congress and American Association of People with Disabilities of the United States. The 30-year-old strutted the catwalk in designer Carrie Hammer’s show, wearing a dress which was inspired by her roles on the popular horror series. Brewer played a witch on American Horror…

By now we have all heard of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash landing in east Ukraine, not far from the Russian border. But with the identification of the ten British passengers comes the sad news that one man, Glenn Thomas, a Bangor University graduate was among the victims. The flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur lost all contact at 14:15 GMT, just 50km from the Russia-Ukraine boarder. This follows the disappearance of another Malaysia Airlines flight in March. The crash claimed the lives of all 298 people on board the flight including the…

It’s been almost a year since Edward Snowden’s insider info about the United States National Security Agency (NSA) came to light, via Glen Greenwald at the Guardian. Specifically, that the NSA was illegally collecting massive amounts of data about American citizens. Just like that, we knew for a fact what many had suspected for years, that the government was spying on us. It wasn’t a huge surprise to most. People made jokes about government surveillance and those who wanted to show off would say anti-government messages on the internet. It was as if to prove that if the…

This Thursday, a group of Bangor University students gathered in Bangor City Centre to protest against the “honour killings” taking place in Kurdistan, and to call upon the UK Government to raise this matter with the Kurdish government. The protest, which was led by Kurdish students studying at the University, took place in solidarity with simultaneous protests occurring in Kurdistan, and was sparked by the most recent murder. On Saturday 23rd May 2014, Dunya, a 15 year old child bride, was brutally murdered by her 45 year old polygamist husband in Iraqi Kurdistan – district Kalakji. The husband is then…

Ukraine has lived through a troubled past. Crimea, which recently underwent a Russian-backed referendum on March 16th, was originally a part of the Turk Ottoman Empire until Catherine the Great annexed it as part of Russia. It was then gifted to Ukraine by the Soviet Union in 1954 – Ukraine still being a Soviet territory at this point. In 1991 the Soviet Union collapsed and Ukraine and Russia became separate countries. Since, the country has been pulled in two ways. The west of Ukraine has traditionally had greater ties to Europe. Joseph Stalin deported many Crimean Tatars (the native people…

In September 2013, United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will enter a second term of Laureateship. On 19th June, 2013, Seren’s Culture Editor went to see her address a mainly American audience at London’s Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall. Composers start with chords and songwriters with an idea. In her poetry construction, Natasha Trethewey starts with a point in history and with “an historic al question that I will then attempt to answer through my poems.” Trethewey explains that she chooses to answer her self-set historical questions in order to “make peace with our own personal past and our country’s…

Hollaback is a global campaign designed to end street harassment. What is street harassment? ‘Street Harassment’, as defined by the website www.stopstreetharassment.org, pertains to ‘any action or comment between strangers in public places that is disrespectful, unwelcome, threatening and/or harassing and is motivated by gender’. That is not to say one’s simply ‘being male or female’ but rather appearing non-conformist to their gender (or similar) in the eyes of narrow-minded harassers.  The Hollaback! movement recognises street harassment as a verbal or physical assault aimed at anyone based on an unlimited number of ‘reasons’.  Either way, it is illegal. 80% of…

Researches are concerned that west Antarctica is heating up at twice the rate as formerly thought. Data collected over many years has drawn the conclusion that there has been a 2.4 degrees Celsius increase in temperature over 52 years. The major point being emphasised is the contribution of melting ice to global sea level rise and therefore increased risk of flooding to regions such as the low-lying Maldives and Bangladesh. The US scientists have said it is expected for summer temperatures to be higher than at other times of year however Antarctic temperatures rarely exceed 0 degrees Celsius.

Rage ensues as new President vows to put a stop to drug cartel Enrique Pena Nieto has been sworn in as the new Mexican president, replacing his predecessor Calderon, and is set to take a position within Harvard University and head the charge against the drug problem inside of Mexico as well as stabilise the economy. Over Calderon’s six years in presidency it is estimated that around 60,000 people have died in drug related incidents, and this is the the promise heading Pena Nieto’s campaign, with a shared conviction in wanting to remove all deaths, and in turn, make Mexico a…

Monster Energy Drink is currently being investigated by US officials as it has been reportedly linked to five deaths and one non-fatal heart attack. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking into the heavily-caffeinated drink, which has three times the amount of caffeine that 240ml of Red Bull has and seven times the amount that a regular 340ml cola has. Allegations have been made that people have had conflicting reactions after consuming the beverage. However, whilst the FDA investigate these allegations – which date back to 2004 – the agency have warned that the reports do not consequently prove…

An explosion hit the Syrian capital as President Bashar al Assad was beginning peace talks with UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. The number of dead and wounded is currently unclear. The British based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports ten dead and dozens wounded, while pro-government television reported seven dead and fifteen wounded. Many newspapers report thirteen dead and dozens wounded, but the source of these figures is unclear. A reporter at the scene revealed how there was blood on the street, on the walls and on the pavement. Several shop windows were shattered and at least four cars burned…

The Syrian government has taken its attempts to quash the opposition to a new level and is “now using its last card… the genocide card,” said activist Karam Abu Rabea. The government has enforced a siege on the city of Homs which has been under attack with constant shelling in what has been described as its fiercest attack in the 11-month uprising. Syrian army tanks have encircled opposition controlled suburbs and have started to target the life line of these areas. They have targeted bakeries, hospitals and mosques ensuring that residents don’t have access to food and healthcare. Internet and…

Nine people including women and children have so far been announced dead following a factory’s collapse in Lahore, eastern Pakistan; dozens of people were thought to have been trapped in the accident. Residents have reported that underage workers were employed in the plant that collapsed amidst a blast; caused by a gas leak. Early reports indicate that the factory may have housed a factory for illegal veterinary medication. The accident is said to have happened in the early hours of the morning as workers were arriving and could have been much worse had it happened later in the day. The…

Events in Syria continue to raise concerns in some parts of the international scene. A popular uprising started in March at the same time as the Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings. Unlike the uprisings there however, the regime was swift to crack down, using force on the rallies. So far, over 1,600 people have been killed, and another 10,000 have fled to Turkey. There are broad similarities between the Syrian and other Arab Spring uprisings. Syria has been ruled for over 40 years by the Assad family, with “emergency law” being in place for even longer. Extrajudicial killing, torture and imprisonment…