Sunday, 20 May 2012

So What Next For The Euro?

by Hannah Gent

In my last article I described how the desire of European nations after World War II to prevent future conflicts led to increasing co-operation and integration with the ultimate formation of the European Union and the single European currency.  I looked at how, despite this having significant benefits, the ‘one size fits all’ policy was risky, tying nations at different stages of economic cycles to a fixed interest rate that could either prevent growth or over-stimulate economies.  The financial crisis of the last four years has exposed the weaknesses in this system and the next three months are going to be very interesting indeed.  So what is going to happen next?

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Thursday, 17 May 2012

Animal Testing: A Scientific Debate

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by Clemency Flitter

Saturday the 28th of April was the World Day for Animals in Laboratories. To mark the occasion there was a large protest and march in Birmingham and it was there where I found out more. When people think about these protests I can imagine many only think of the hard-core environmentalists and radicals. However, this didn’t appear to be the case from where I was standing. There were people of all types, all racial and social backgrounds. The speakers and leaders of the protest also made sure that it remained peaceful and even made a point of thanking the police presence; it was a far cry from some of the protests inner cities experience, where vandalism and violence are the order of the day.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Obama on Same-Sex Marriage

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It has been a highly contentious issue in American politics for some years now, with many politicians using clever words and neat quotes to scurry around the topic but now President Obama has spoken outright that same-sex marriage should be legalised in America. Obama has himself seemingly been avoiding making a clear statement for some time; instead describing himself as “evolving” on the issue. This turn of events is sure to bring hope to supporters of same-sex marriage across America and in the wider world. However, this comes just a day after the state of North Caroline voted to ban same-sex marriages and similar amendments have taken place in roughly 30 other states, so is the issue any closer to being solved?

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Euthanasia: Friend or Foe?

by Shireen Avasthi

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Not many people are aware of the term ‘euthanasia’. It's derived from the Greek word euthanatos, which means easy death. Euthanasia is when a very sick person’s (they are often on life support) life is discontinued (at their request) in order to cease their malady. Someone who chooses to undergo euthanasia usually has an irremediable condition.
In most cases, euthanasia is carried out at the request of the person in question. However, from time to time there are cases when the person is much too afflicted to make the decision themselves, so in that case it is usually made by close relatives, sometimes made by doctors and, in very rare cases, made by the courts.

Should euthanasia be legalised? What are the pros and cons?

Sunday, 6 May 2012

The Euro Crisis - How Did We Get To Where We Are?

by Hannah Gent

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The world is in the middle of very turbulent financial times, particularly in Europe. In the first of two articles I will explain how the current situation has arisen.

In 1958, six European countries decided to join together for their mutual benefit. It was soon after the Second World War and it was thought that future conflicts could be avoided by greater cooperation. This was the beginning of the European Union (EU) although it was not known by this name until 1993. There are now 27 member states mainly within Europe. 

Saturday, 5 May 2012

The Unexpected City That Changed The World

by Viva Avasthi
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Do you live in a democracy? Are you American? Are you a female? Are you of African or Caribbean origin? Do you live in a country that manufactures goods?

If you can say yes to any one of those seemingly random questions, then you've almost certainly been massively affected by Birmingham, a British city that you might never have heard of.