Entries by The Cambridge Union Society from 08/2012

The Riots: One Year On

| Posted 08.12.2012 | UK Politics

Young people are still unemployed, funding is still being withdrawn from the poorest and most vulnerable communities in society; those at the bottom of our society are still made to feel worthless and hopeless, so the incentive and willingness to riot remains.

The Olympocalypse That Wasn't

| Posted 08.13.2012 | UK Universities & Education

In truth, the Olympics represent the world coming together. It is the world coming together in a time of crisis, in times of trouble, but coming together nonetheless. I watched in Wembley as people who had never been to Japan or France cheered with all their hearts for a team made up of people that did not speak their language.

Putin's Prisoners

| Posted 08.19.2012 | UK Universities & Education

These women are Putin's prisoners. Just as their act was political, so too was their trial, with the Kremlin egging on the judiciary in an attempt to imprison the women and crush dissent more widely.

Student Tourism: A Murky Chapter of British Immigration History

| Posted 08.22.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Damian Green has announced a review of student tourism, and has additionally closed many of the shadowy organisations that professed to be educational establishments, meaning stories like those of my former housemates will become less common. Who is it, though, that deserves criticism for their role in thus murky chapter of British immigration history?

Food Glorious Food

| Posted 08.26.2012 | UK Universities & Education

It's never possible to attribute a single event to climate change, but there's been a long-term trend of increasing frequency and severity of droughts recently. Last year, East Africa suffered the worst drought in 60 years, putting millions of lives at risk, and tens of thousands are believed to have died before aid arrived.