Ostalgie: A Bad Case of Nostalgia

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Harry Wise, BA Politics  In the third episode of the television series, Deutschland ’83, the East German Secret Service (HVA) is trying to access information stored on a floppy disk stolen from NATO. The disk contains a NATO security report regarding the viabilities of a nuclear attack. It’s extremely valuable information. However, they run into Read More

Cultural Appropriation in Fashion

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Sophia Moghal, BA History and Southeast Asian Studies Deciding to click on the following headline on a news site led me to discover Mango’s newest campaign. The title: “Kendall Jenner’s New Mango Campaign Shows A Side We’re Not Used To Seeing”. “Tribal Spirit”; is apparently the side we haven’t seen before and it features clothes that Read More

Scrap Trident, Start Nuclear Disarmament

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Joe Dunne, BA Politics How could I forget that quiet Which descended over a city of three hundred thousand? The calm How could I forget those pleas Of a dying wife and child Emitted through the whiteness of their eyes, Piercing our minds and souls – Sankichi Toge, August Sixth The above is an extract Read More

London Academics Extend Solidarity to Academics, Kurds Under Siege

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Mel Plant, BA Arabic and Turkish This Friday, SOAS Students’ Union co-hosted an open meeting with the SOAS UCU and Unison branches, extending solidarity to Turkish and Kurdish academics in Turkey who have come under investigation for their ‘Academics for Peace‘ petition. The meeting comes a week after the Students’ Union released a statement in Read More

It’s The Season for Christmas Markets

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Annemari de Silva, MA South Asian Area Studies The time of overspending, guilt-trips, and negative budgets is nigh. As Christmas dominates the season of holidays, we get lost in our ideological debates about consumerism and the state of institutional religion today and we forget the meaning of life: that it’s all a rat race anyway and most Read More

Refugees, Passports and Paris

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Mel Plant, BA Arabic and Turkish It only took three days to formulate an excuse for another Western air force to kill hundreds of Syrian civilians. But with Raqqa being the capital of the self-declared Islamic State of Iraq and as-Sham, surely there’s no problem with bombing a bunch of militants. The French government, which Read More