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Does Business Hijack International Development?

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

There are a new cast of heroes and villains on the international development scene. They are not governments, charities, NGOs, but businesses. Firstly, two caricatures - the big, evil business vs. the small, ethical enterprises. On the one hand, the Nestlés pushing breastmilk substitutes, the BPs oozing oil. On the other hand the newly applauded, smaller heroes

The Sexism I Faced at the Glasgow University Union

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

During the debate, a select number of male students, including former committee members and even an ex-president, made sexual comments about our appearance, shouted "shame woman", booed loudly and questioned "what does a woman know anyway?".

Don't Be Afraid to Listen

Will Bordell | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Will Bordell

Oxford and Cambridge Universities have an awful lot in common. And last week was no exception. By inviting polarising political figures from the left and the right - George Galloway and Marine Le Pen, respectively - both institutions reaffirmed what is at once perhaps the most sacred and the most imperilled of all our values: the freedom of speech.

This House Would Invite Marine Le Pen

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

For nearly 200 years the Cambridge Union has existed to promote free speech. At times this inevitably leads to controversy. In the 1960s, it stemmed from the Union's invitation to Enoch Powell and Oswald Mosley. Last term it was Julian Assange, and before that Dominique Strauss-Kahn. This time it was Mme. Le Pen.

Far Right 'Fascist' French Leader To Speak At Cambridge

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Marine Le Pen, president of France's far right Front National party, is to speak at Cambridge Union on Tuesday but will be greeted by students protest...

This House Would Fight for Queen And Country

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

It is not sufficient to say 'I would die for a country', for it is never a country that sends people into battle. It is politicians - people - who are often immoral and frequently incorrect.

This House Believes Religion Has No Place in the 21st Century

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

I don't think that any of the good things which religions do are unique, and nor are they able to counterbalance all of the terrible things which they have done, which they continue to do, and which have been done in their name.

The EU Youth Unemployment Crisis and the Cambridge Bubble

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

The job-related hurdles facing today's young people are well-documented. With youth unemployment at an all-time high, combined with deep cuts to higher education, the situation doesn't look too promising for what some economists are speculatively referring to as the 'lost generation.'

Dawkins Attacks Religion As 'Pernicious Charlatan' In Debate With Archbishop

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK

Prominent atheist professor Richard Dawkins described religion as "redundant and irrelevant" as he took on the former Archbishop of Canterbury in a de...

God V Science

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Professor Richard Dawkins and Dr Rowan Williams will debate the role of religion in the modern world at the Cambridge Union Society on Thursday night....

Why Has Julian Assange's Talk At Cambridge Union Been Called Off?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 20.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A controversial talk by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at Cambridge University has been cancelled due to "technical issues". Assange was due to s...

Inviting Assange To Cambridge Is 'Insulting To Rape Victims' Students Say

PA | Posted 15.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A women's group says a planned speech by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at Cambridge University is an "insult to survivors of rape". Assange will...

Assange To 'Appear' At Cambridge University Union

Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Julian Assange is to appear at the Cambridge University Union via videolink on 27 December, amid voices of protest from some students. It is yet to...

No Can't Do: Why the 'Yes We Can' of America Needs 'I do' of its People

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 27.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

It takes a lot of courage to say what you really think; it takes even more courage when you are the President of one of the most powerful countries on earth, addressing the world. On the 9 May 2012 President Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to back same-sex marriage, marking a significant historical, political and cultural moment.

Fashion is Elitist but at Least I Don't Have to Shop for It

Anna Dubuis | Posted 20.04.2012 | UK Style
Anna Dubuis

Fashion is elitist, and it has its critics, mainly concerning its detachment from the realities of society, but within the doom and gloom of an economic recession, it can be a breath of fresh air. Most of us will never be invited to a catwalk show. Yet it is a hobby for so many, and goes way beyond merely wanting the clothes.

'We Are Not Dumbing Down' - Oxford Defends Their Next Guest Speaker

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 30.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Peter Andre is to follow in his ex-wife's footsteps and appear at Oxford University, after Katie Price wowed students and scholars with her performanc...

Katie Price Wins Debate Against Boris' Sister Rachel Johnson

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 27.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Katie Price has triumphed in a highbrow debate at Cambridge University, defending women's ability to juggle a successful career and family life agains...

This House Believes the Conservatives Have Been Unfairly Demonised

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 19.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

Throughout Cambridge University there are many Conservatives. But many of them dare not openly admit this. Young Liberal Democrats, Labourites, Socialists and Marxists are lauded as idealists who care about the injustices of the world, whereas young Conservatives are seen to be unpleasant, reactionary and self-interested individuals with no capacity for compassion.

Foreign Aid May be Imperfect, But It Has Done Africa Good

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 02.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

This evening Andrew Mwenda and Lord Boateng will debate on the merits of foreign aid to Africa at the Cambridge Union. In anticipation of the main eve...