Affairs and Opinions

An Illusion of Growth

Liberal viewpoints have always existed, yet recently there has been a spike in the prominence of such views beyond the genuine ‘believers’ and into the mainstream media and wider society. Corporations are especially keen to ride on this forward-looking wave of thought, creating the impression of progressive growth within society without actually diving any deeper. […]

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Affairs and Opinions

International Women’s Day: Grannies Going to School

International Women’s Day 2017 marks the one-year anniversary of a great feat of female empowerment. One year ago, Yogendra Bangar, 41, founded a school in the Phangane village, India where its grandmothers are able to go and learn. In the Maharashtra state in India, a country where women are nearly a third less likely than […]

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Affairs and Opinions, Art & Culture

Dystopian fiction turned fact?

Sales of dystopian novels have soared since President Trump’s inauguration in January. After Trump’s counsellor Kellyanne Conway used the term “alternative facts”, it was noted by many that the phrase seemed like something straight out of George Orwell’s 1984, causing sales of the classic dystopian novel to skyrocket, selling out on Amazon four days into […]

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Affairs and Opinions

The millennial housing “dream” is over: what now?

Last week, the communities’ secretary, Savid Javid, released a government White Paper detailing a “broken” housing market; interpreted by many as a long-awaited admittance that the “dream” of home ownership is now out of reach for most millennials, with house prices estimated to be 7.5 times the average income in the UK. The White Paper […]

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Affairs and Opinions

Post-truth, Fake news and Technology

A few weeks ago I was undergoing my daily time-wasting scroll through Instagram when a picture caught my eye. After clicking on it, I found a picture of the Obamas meeting the new President and First Lady. Michelle had her hand on the small of Melania Trump’s back, while horrifyingly, ex-president Obama’s hand appeared to […]

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Affairs and Opinions

Breaking the Grammy

Though she was awarded Album of the Year by the Grammys, Adele used her acceptance speech to shed light on the ‘monumental’ album that was Lemonade, and go so far as so physically break her award in two in order to share the coveted prize with it’s creator, Beyoncé. Adele claimed that she simply could […]

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Affairs and Opinions

(Re)constructing the body politic through the lens

Ad campaigns as an artistic medium have always, and will continue to, evoke criticism: how can fashion, an industry predicated on exclusivity, justifiably promote inclusivity; how can a model, an idol of beauty, speak to the ‘real’ consumer; how can fashion – so stereotypically superfluous – be political without inviting the criticism of flirting with […]

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Affairs and Opinions, LEEDS

Lippy Experiences the Annual Mosque Open Day

The ‘Visit My Mosque’ initiative took place on 5th February and saw over 150 mosques across the country opening their doors to members of the public. I made my way down to the AhlulBayt Cultural Centre, having had a flyer in the post informing me about the event. Open to all faiths/no-faiths, genders, orientations and […]

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Affairs and Opinions

A Crime Against Humanity

In 2015, the world witnessed the “highest levels of displacement on record” (UNHCR). Globally, there are 65.3m forcibly displaced people as a result of war and persecution, which is equal to 33,972 people a day, 24 people a minute. As the refugee crisis spread across Europe, countries began to open their borders, whilst others began […]

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