Celebrity activism and Islamaphobia

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  Celebrity activism is one of the worst phenomena particular to the modern age by just about any reasonable measure.

Blocking Sinn Féin’s referendum at QUB would be a defeat for democracy

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Queen’s University Belfast’s branch of Sinn Féin recently petitioned for a referendum on a United Ireland at the educational institute.

That’s what friends are for: Ireland’s casual cronyism

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“Paddy, don’t you know the Baileys? Good old boys in a big tent at the races.” These are lyrics from Bell X1’s ‘Sugar High’: an ode to Fianna Fáil’s tent at the Galway races occupied by Bertie and his boys once upon a time.

Irelands’ Climate Culture: Great on Rhetoric, Painful when it comes to Action

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The impacts of climate change are no longer just in the paper, or in far flung tropical countries, they are right on our door step.

Galway bike rental scheme faces further setbacks

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Galway City Council has yetagain shown its incompetence in city planning, this time with the proposed bike rental scheme.

ISIS and the Freedom of the Press

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The nature of war reporting has changed. The beheadings of journalists James Foley and Stephen Sotloff by IS militants in Syria exemplified that reporters and journalists in the Middle-East are now considered to be legitimate targets, PR fodder and bargaining chips to be used against the West.

Gamergate: intro and analysis

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#Gamergate has become one of the biggest movements the gaming industry has seen, perhaps even bigger than Jack Thompson’s crusade against video games in 2005 when he tried to draw a comparison between violence in video games and real life.

A weird month for Feminism

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The feminist parts of the internet had an explosion of activity due to several alarming, sensational events in the media in recent weeks.

Free-Uni Germany exposes weak logic behind university fees

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‘Germany scraps tuition fees for all students’ is a pretty sweet headline to come across when you’re flicking through the internet. But, it’s a little misleading. Germany is a federal republic, and actually the state of Lower Saxony is where tuition fees have been abolished. And why hasn’t the rest of Germany followed suit, you […]

Understanding the rise of ISIS: Sykes-Picot, American Imperialism and slickly-produced propaganda

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Following on from their success in finally settling on a name earlier this year (to be fair ISIS was a bit comic book-villainy and ISIL is so 2013) the group known as the Islamic State have consolidated their territorial gains in northern Iraq and parts of Syria into a theocratic caliphate under their reclusive leader […]