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Why are young people not voting?

This past year we have been rocked with recent electoral results. Young people in Britain between the ages of 18 and 29 have been witness to the exit of the UK from the European Union and now in what seems more devastating, the election of Donald Trump to the office of President. Yet time after …Read More

The Year of the Bear

At the start of the year the common consensus in the media was that the struggling Russian economy, due to corruption, western sanctions and an oversized military, meant that a liberal pro-western transition was all but inevitable. Politicians and pundits fell over themselves in asserting that Russia’s interventions in Ukraine and Syria did not reflect …Read More

British politicians respond to Trump election victory

News broke in the early hours this morning that Donald Trump has won the race to become the 45th President of the United States. The Republican candidate beat Secretary Clinton in the Electoral College but failed to win the popular vote. British politicians have been responding to the news this morning. Prime Minister Theresa May …Read More

A Young Person’s Response to Donald Trump Winning the US Election

Well, America has literally trumped us this time. I think everyone had the same sick sinking feeling this morning whilst reading the words “DONALD TRUMP BECOMES THE 45TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES”. I mean, what a statement. But can we say that we are really surprised? Not only in the UK and America but across the …Read More

Election breakdown- What is the Electoral College?

The Electoral College system is not a simple as a first past the post system. The Electoral College came about with the founding fathers wanting a “buffer” between the population and the selection of a President. There were fears that a tyrant would be able to manipulate public opinion and seize power. Also had to make …Read More

Election Breakdown- What is a swing state?

In US presidential politics, a swing state or battleground state refers to a state that could be won by either party candidate. The state has no single candidate or party that has overwhelming support in securing a state’s Electoral College votes. Usually they require extra effort by candidates and their campaigns especially in those states …Read More

Voting begins for 45th US President

Americans have gone to the polls this morning to elect the 45th President of the United States. Democratic hopeful, and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton is currently leading entrepreneur Donald Trump in most polls. Commentators are still predicating a close race. Secretary Clinton tweeted this morning “Everything we’ve worked towards comes down to today”. …Read More

Potential Ukip leader accused of fascism

Suzanne Evans, candidate for Ukip leader, has been accused of advocating fascist beliefs in regards to her comments following the High Cou rt’s decision to give Parliament a vote on triggering Article 50. Evans, 51, the former Deputy Chair of the party, said in an interview on Radio 4’s Today Programme “I think there is …Read More

Charity Week starts at UoB

Today marks the start of Charity Week for the University of Birmingham’s Islamic Society. Starting on Monday 7th November and ending on Sunday, the society aims to raise money for Human Appeal International. The charity aims to bring safe water, sanitation and hygiene to disaster prone areas of Bangladesh, where only 40% of the population …Read More