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The Syrian War

20th October 2015 | Politics

The Syrian War
The Syrian war began as a struggle between President Bashar al-Assad and political opposition back in 2011. In the wake of the Arab Spring, the Syrian people aimed to oust Assad, only for his forces to violently crack down on protestors. Since then, the civil war has become a global affair, with numerous countries getting involved, most recently Russia.

But with all the developments, it’s been difficult to figure out who is on which side. Worry no further, because I am here to explain!

Let’s start with Assad. He’s facing an armed uprising in his country which he’s been trying to crush, most notably – and appallingly – with the help of chemical weapons. Assad has been backed by his Allies: Iran, terrorist group Hezbollah from Lebanon, and lastly Russia. The USA, Turkey, Arab nations like Saudi Arabia, and much of the Western world want Assad gone, so they’ve been arming or training many of the rebels attempting to unseat the brutal dictator. The problem is that one of the main insurgent groups split to become the Islamic State, who is opposed by everyone, including the other rebels. Numerous nations are bombing Islamic State, and Russia claim to be doing so as well. However, Russia have been found to be bombing some of the other rebel groups as well – like the Free Syrian Army – to keep Assad in power. Some of these groups being weakened by Russia’s air strikes are actually funded by Gulf countries like Sunni Saudi Arabia or Qatar, both rivals of Shiite Iran.

Meanwhile, Turkey say they also want Assad to be deposed, however they’re not bombing him yet. Instead, they are bombing Islamic State, and most significantly, the Kurds. The Kurds are additionally enemies with Islamic State and Assad, plus they…

Opinion: Mexico’s Missing 43

12th October 2015 | Politics

Opinion: Mexico’s Missing 43
Last week marked the anniversary of the disappearance of 43 innocent students, following a run in with the police in the southern Mexican city Iguala.

The students were on their way to a peaceful protest, when they were intercepted by the police, who indiscriminately opened fire. Whilst the police cornered and opened fire on the students, the students were left asking ‘We have no weapons, why are you shooting us?’

The students were left with four fates; some were instantly killed by police gun fire, others were injured and left bleeding on the road for hours, a lucky few managed to escape and 43 unfortunate students were loaded into police patrol cars. Of these 43 students, none have been seen since… These students are ‘Mexico’s Missing 43’.

The case of the 43 missing students has started a mass movement to lift the lid on the hidden corruption that is rife within the government and police force. The crimes that began on that night have caused huge waves of uproar and outcry throughout Mexico and across the world.

The families of the missing have been in further despair, at the lack of action on the part of the authorities in the weeks following the abduction. Therefore, they took action into their own hands with local voluntary police conducting their own searches. These searches exposed huge mass graves across the territories of Mexico’s most notorious drug cartels. These mass graves symbolise the corruption and the shameful acts of the authorities, which is finally being uncovered.

Despite the success in uncovering the shame of the authorities, there was little progress in the case of the missing 43. Until, the Attorney General of Mexico released devastating news that the student’s remains had been found. The discovery of the…

The Disease of Technology

12th October 2015 | Politics

The Disease of Technology
We’ve heard it all before. From parents, teachers, newspapers and media, ironically. Technology will eventually kill young people’s creativity, and drive (if it hasn’t already).

But to what extent is this relevant to our daily lives? According to ReadWrite.com, multiple studies have proven that BOREDOM boosts creativity and imaginative thinking. As paradoxical as this odd statement may sound, there are certain elements of truth behind it. And I’ll be the first to admit I would almost certainly thrive academically in the absence of Wi-Fi connection.

Just today, I was locked out of my house for what seemed like hours, and managed to revise three sections of my mathematics textbook, (I would’ve normally covered this in around 6 weeks). Blow this idea up to a large scale and think of all the wasted potential and the metaphorical mountains we could have scaled in our lives.

If J.K Rowling had been born into the era of smartphones would she have still produced the stories we’ve grown to love? A recent cross cultural BBC study looked at the increased use of electronic devices such as Ipads being used as an aid for learning in the classroom.

Countries notorious for their strict academic drive, such as South Korea and Japan, scored the lowest in the study measuring hours a week spent on technology in the school environment. A senior researcher said that too much exposure to technology can actually cause a child to lose their ability to be creative. Let that sink in. As dramatic as this all sounds, it technically isn’t our fault.

It’s only logical that we would make use what our generation provides us with. It’s like cavemen not using the tools available to them for surviving. It’s simply one…