Cyprus’s “golden” passport scheme awarding EU citizenship to wealthy fugitives

By Sacha Perera Earlier this week, two prominent Cypriot government officials resigned following the release of Al Jazeera’s The Cyprus Papers Uncovered, a documentary exposing a corrupt citizenship investment scheme which sold EU passports and protection to convicted criminals and fugitives from around the world. Between 2017 and 2019, over 2,300 passports have been issued…

Could Rishi Sunak’s ‘retraining’ advice cause more harm for the arts and performance industry?

On Monday this week, “crass” Cyber First adverts surfaced on Twitter, sparking outrage in the creative industries. It followed the initial outcry from those working in the arts, after Chancellor Rishi Sunak apparently stated that they should retrain given the current economic climate. Georgia More reports. On Tuesday 8th October, ITV released a quote from Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Twitter…

Golden Dawn leaders found guilty of running criminal organisation

By Sacha Perera On Wednesday afternoon this week, an Athenian court found Golden Dawn, a far-right, neo-fascist political group, guilty of running a criminal organisation. The verdict concludes a five-and-a-half-year long trial against 68 members who, including the entirety of the entity’s leadership, are accused of four crimes and face sentences between five and fifteen…

Everything you need to know about the US electoral college voting system

How is it that a presidential candidate can win the presidency without a majority of the population’s votes? Why are pollsters obsessed with New Hampshire? Why is Ohio known as the “bellwether state”? WTAF is the electoral college voting system? If, like many of us, you have been struggling to keep up with the daily…

2020 Presidential Debate: The best America has to offer?

Last night, the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden took place, after a year marked by larger polemics such as the coronavirus pandemic and rising protest in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. Biden was predicted to attack Trump on his handling of the coronavirus response and history…

Alexei Navalny ‘will return to Russia’ after poisoning scandal this year

By Sam Baker The recent decision of Alexei Navalny to return to Russia following an attack on his life with a Novichok nerve agent is not the first time he has stood up to Kremlin bullies. Despite recent polls indicating overwhelming  support for Russian President Vladimir Putin, the vaccine-bearing knight in shining armour is far…

UN investigation into Venezuela results in accusations of human rights violations

After six years of political and social injustice, following a steady decline in Venezuela’s economy and legitimate democratic leadership, the United Nations has released a report concluding that the government of President Nicolás Maduro has infringed on the rights of its citizens. The United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner stated that “high-level…

Celebrities’ hijacking of OnlyFans: The real impact on sex workers

By Caitlin Thomson Celebrities, YouTubers and influencers alike are flooding OnlyFans in hordes, seizing the opportunity to add to their millions, to the detriment of the hard-working sex workers who populate the site. OnlyFans definitively entered mainstream discourse earlier this year, when Beyoncé name-dropped the site on her remix of Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘Savage’. Since…

Plastic ‘bags for life’ add to toppling piles of COVID-19 waste

By Rebecca Cook     The plastic waste amassed as a result of coronavirus this year proves the fight against plastic is one step forward, three steps backwards. During the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic in the UK a gathering sense of anxiety hung stale in the air. Widely circulated images of empty supermarket shelves created…

Greta Thunberg goes back to school. But what has she achieved?

By Nicole Leslie Charria Three weeks ago marked two years since Greta Thunberg’s first school strike took place. Last week, she returned to school after taking a sabbatical year to spread her message and demand action, inspiring others. It is 2018. She is photographed outside the Swedish Parliament, holding a cardboard sign that will become…