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by Tilly Brogan With over 10 million speakers, Catalan is the 14th most widely spoken language in the EU. Along with Castellano (Spanish), it is also the official language of Catalonia, the region of Barcelona. The majority of the city’s visitors aren’t aware of the sizeable dissimilarity between the two...

by Nathan Olsen “Do the lives of 10 of these criminals really matter…would 100 lives of these idiots mean anything to me?”  – President Rodrigo Duterte Seventy years on from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we can see that some progress has been made when it comes to the...

by Millie Goslyn-Jones “No one should be held in slavery or servitude             Everyone has the right to freedom of movement”                         The Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations, 1948 These are the opening lines of Maid in Hell: Why Slavery, a documentary revealing the disturbing truth behind domestic worker...

by Nathan Olsen In comparison with its boisterous neighbour, Canada is often seen as a country full of well-meaning, polite and respectable people. This comparison tends to refer to America and Canada’s different political climates as well; Canada, with its universal healthcare and tighter gun control, puts the rest of...

In August 2017, the Chilean Constitutional Court upheld a long-awaited law decriminalising the practice of terminating a pregnancy if it is as a result of rape; if the foetus will not survive; and if the pregnancy would present a risk to the life of the mother. This came after decades...

On 20th June 2018, the Hungarian parliament adopted a bill that criminalizes a range of lawful activities requiring state authorities to protect Hungary’s ‘Christian culture’. What this means in practice is the restriction of people’s ability to protest peacefully; undermining the independence of the judiciary and, finally, what I will...

by Sara Green To think about language as anything other than a simple and neutral mode of communication – especially in the Anglophone world, where the assumed universality of the English language offers little opportunity for self-reflection – seems like somewhat of a non-issue on the surface. However, thinkers such...

by Georgina Davis The Hungarian State Opera House has cancelled 15 performances of the musical Billy Elliot after ticket sales went down following a negative article published in the pro-government newspaper Magyar Idők. The article argued that ‘such penetrating propaganda’ promotes a ‘deviant way of life’ to which ‘small children...