Festivus for the rest of us: A comprehensive guide to holiday events in London

3 years ago SOAS Spirit 0
Kevin Quigley, BA Linguistics and Japanese Studies  The season starts with the introduction of winter-flavored lattes at Starbucks, and usually ends with me bent over a basement toilet with a glass of imitation champagne sloshing onto the floor as Auld Lang Syne chimes in the background. Needless to say, I’m a huge fan. But whether Read More

“Freeze prices, not people!” say students

3 years ago SOAS Spirit 0
Clare Birkett, MSc Environment, Politics and Development Last Friday, SOAS students joined around 200 people in central London at a protest against rocketing energy prices and their devastating effects on students, pensioners and other vulnerable groups. The protest was timed to coincide with the release of a government report which estimated that there were 18,200 excess Read More

The End of Impartiality for Journalism?

3 years ago SOAS Spirit 0
Kay Lee, LLB (Law) The Impartiality in Journalism event hosted by the Commonwealth Journalists Association made clear that with rise of internet journalism, distinctions must start to be made between evidence-based journalism and the growing sector of “civilian” journalism.  Chaired by former BBC radio host Robin Lustig, the panel included noteworthy journalists such as former war Read More

Putin’s arrogance will be his downfall

3 years ago SOAS Spirit 0
Yun Hin Choi, BA History and Politics The past several weeks have marked the international carnival where we’ve seen the world’s leaders gather for a number of lavish occasions, kicked off by the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in China and ended with the G20 meeting in Brisbane, Australia. The prime aims throughout the G20 meeting Read More

Not just filling blank space

3 years ago SOAS Spirit 0
Miriam Hicklin, BA Arabic and Persian I have recently embarked upon a journey that has necessitated my being fearless in the face of judgement, throwing away my old inhibitions, and falling in love with Taylor Swift’s music. Blank Space is the killer track on the new album 1989 – mocking all those who have tried to Read More

In Defence of the Fence

3 years ago SOAS Spirit 0
Kenneth Noronha, LLB (Law) Here’s a sweeping, potentially controversial, and wholly amusing statement:  people who exist on political extremes do so only because they have no sense of perspective. No, the Tories aren’t all trying to steal your welfare to build estates made of gilded peasant children. By the same virtue, the Greens aren’t all Read More