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The life-sucking vampire: exams and the logic of capitalism

Elena Rotzokou makes the case against exams as a mode of assessment, pointing towards their arbitrariness as well as the negative impacts of their all-or-nothing nature. Rotzokou claims that the unhealthy logic of exams cannot be disentangled from capitalist and neoliberal thinking.

Northern Ireland’s three-way split

For the first time since the foundation of Northern Ireland, a nationalist/republican party with...

Beyond the Etonians: Simon Kuper’s Chums in today’s Oxford

"If the structure of undergraduate life then had such adverse outcomes and is so worthy of condemnation – and the structure fundamentally hasn’t changed – what does that imply for Oxford now?"

‘Doomer politics’: The death spiral of Russian civil society

"The end of doomer politics will require the ideal scenario of regime change, and then that the West actually demonstrate to Russians that there is a workable alternative to the way their country is run."

A Month of Reconnection: Ramadan Practices in a Post-COVID World

"But more importantly, the cohesion of the Muslim community, the ummah, and the congregational aspect of worship has been threatened."

The price of Citizenship: The inherent britishness of bureaucracy

I cannot speak for immigrants everywhere, but an enduring sense of anxiety looming in the back of my mind has been fears of a recalcitrant government revoking residency rights. What would follow would entail deportation to a country I feel rather distant from and would struggle to adjust to.

The Prosecutor’s Fallacy: How flawed statistical evidence has been used to jail innocent people

CW: Discussion of murder and infanticide, mentions of rape and alcoholism.  On the 24th October 2003, Kathleen Folbigg was sentenced to 40 years in prison...

Material girl: How the pandemic changed the way we shop

When faced with an uncertain situation we tend to try whatever we can to feel like we have some control. And so, virtual retail therapy and comfort buying provided a sense of control at a time when we felt deprived of so much.

What in the World isn’t ‘Global’? A Look at the Causes and Silencing of Ethiopia’s Tigray Crisis

"This Western-imposed isolation of the Tigray Crisis exposes the asymmetric power structures and false promises of the ‘international’ age."

A Green Wave of Change: Why Argentina’s landmark abortion law will leave a lasting legacy in South America

"Argentina is a country where the Catholic Church has historically held sway, and it forms part of a continent where swathes of women and young girls are ostracised, shunned and even imprisoned for wanting to end their pregnancy."

‘Because I shall write the history’: The National Trust’s uphill battle to acknowledge colonialism

"The National Trust’s attempt to simply avoid censorship is perceived as a threat by those who are more interested in following the traditional heroic narrative of British imperialism, obscuring a reality of millions of deaths."

The parallel pandemic: how should we address the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories?

"The physical impact of the virus is hugely concerning. But the threat from the parallel pandemic of misinformation – which is jeopardising our collective capability to agree on basic facts – should not be underestimated."

Vaccine Politics: global inequality during the COVID-19 pandemic

"The vaccine and the coronavirus, inextricably interlinked, have become channels through which national political interests can be realised, a new, shiny tool in the arsenal and war-chests of governments to wield power and gain political capital."

Ava Max’s ‘Crazy Ex’: smashing or bolstering hetero-normative stereotypes surrounding women and mental illness?

"The persona that Max cultivates in these three videos is so overdone that it could be a cynical deconstruction of the ‘crazy’ stereotype, rather than a reinforcement of it. However, could the effect ultimately just be a reproduction of old misogynist tropes, changing nothing and possibly even fuelling the faithful old fire of patriarchy?"

Oxford’s overlooked inhabitants: Brexit and the East Timorese

"When the first Timorese began arriving in the UK in the early 1990s, they were essentially asylum seekers and yet, since they were on paper no different to a French, German, Swedish or Greek person moving to the UK, over the past thirty years they have received far less support than people fleeing violence from other countries."

Hallucinogenic healing

"Some scientists argue that the use of psychedelics can drastically cut medical costs by generating a shift in psychiatry from the current palliative approach towards a curative one. "

What was Pepe doing at the Capitol?

"The Style Guide for the Daily Stormer (a neo-nazi alt-right blog) that was leaked a few years ago offers a painful insight into how the alt-right intentionally blurs humour and hate speech online."

The limits of liberté: France’s ‘global security law’

At the end of November, returning to the UK on my way back from the first part of my year abroad, I passed through...

Clubs in crisis: the UK’s declining night time industry

"If not for a healthy dose of nostalgia to remedy bitter envy, remembering the cultural importance of clubbing will ensure the scene doesn’t collapse entirely."

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