Huawei, China and the Unites States of America

Huawei, China and the Unites States of America

US President Donald Trump has said to reporters that Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei could be part of a trade deal between the US and China. Despite labelling Huawei as “very dangerous” for its equipment’s potential use by the Chinese military for surveillance purposes, Trump did not close the door on...

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Rejection of hope: Obama and the Republicans

Rejection of hope: Obama and the Republicans

For a president who was written off as a doomed lame duck sometime around 2011 when the Republican party seized back control of Congress, the actual amount which Obama has accomplished can take you by surprise. Beyond the controversial (and frankly compromised) affordable health act which took up most of...

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Update: The US president race

Update: The US president race

As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump helm the Democratic and Republican parties at full speed, a brief look is given at recent events and their policies. Election day in the USA is on the 8th of November, two months away. Before that, three nationally televised presidential debates will be aired...

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First commercial flights from the US to Cuba

First commercial flights from the US to Cuba

Commercial flights from the US to Cuba have resumed as of the 1st of September as the Obama administration makes new agreement. About 20 airlines have been authorised to run commercial routes from the US to Cuba. Low cost Jet Blue started to deliver flights from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to...

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Are international students getting good value for money?

The London city enjoys an enviable position as the second largest market of any global student destination, with an international student population of 19%. And yet, many of ineed national students have doubts over whether or not they should study in the capital because of negative experiences with current visa policies....

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Santa Claus is running this town

The long standing question of what Santa Claus does for the rest of the year was answered on October 15th when Mr Santa Claus was elected as a city councilman in North Pole, Alaska. Possessing a bushy white beard, red velvet costume and a robust civic program focusing on child-friendly...

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World Uni rankings for arts and humanities

Times Higher Education have released their Arts and Humanities world university rankings table for 2015/16. The UK has held its ground, with twenty of the top 100 universities. It also controls a quarter of the top twenty, with the University of Oxford in forth, UCL in fifth, the University of...

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Blue Ice: Glacier hunting in Alaska

“…as desolate, inhospitable a country as the most melancholy creature could be desirous of inhabiting” Captain Vancouver on Discovery, August 1792   It is easy to empathise with this bleak view of Alaska as not much has changed since back then. But aside from Vancouver being somewhat dispirited when he...

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Angels and showgirls

Of all of the states of the American union, California is perhaps the most evocative (with apologies to Oklahoma. Not for that statement, just in general). Whether it’s the pioneer spirit of the gold rush, Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles with its Hollywood glamour hiding a sordid underworld of whiskey and...

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