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Coronavirus

Instances of Abuse of African’s in Guangzhou are Cause for Great Concern

Content warning: Assault and Racial Abuse. In a guest article for Periscope Nottingham, Temi Odugbesan explains the suffering being inflicted on the African population in China and what action you can take to help. It breaks my heart to see that there has been a violation of human rights in China, Guangzhou against non-Chinese citizens […]

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Education

Cuts at The University of Nottingham: the end of quality research and teaching.

The University of Nottingham’s (UoN) finances will suffer due to the COVID-19 crisis, and they have chosen the lowest paid to take the hit. Behind the nice words and technical jargon of press releases lies a story of pay-cuts, lay-offs, and outsourcing. Students are expected to continue to pay exorbitant fees while teaching quality goes […]

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Education

Making Workers Pay: The True Cost of Coronavirus in The University Sector.

For years universities in the UK have been operating as businesses. Increasingly for-profit, they have been shamelessly charging students high tuition fees, providing the bare minimum of service and spending money on management salaries and grandiose projects. The current crisis has made clear that universities do not care about workers, students, or research, only about […]

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Politics

Polish Democracy in Crisis

Poland has been governed by the Law and Justice (PiS) party since 2015, when President Andrzej Duda was elected, and the party first got a majority in parliament. They were voted in as traditional, Catholic conservatives with promises of lowering the retirement age, massively increasing child support and free medication for the elderly. They have […]

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Opinion

The People’s Pandemic? Coronavirus and WWII Narratives

Britain as a country is obsessed with the Second World War. It lends itself to a narrative of the nation being a strong force for good in the world, sitting awkwardly between centuries of colonial atrocity beforehand and the decline of global power afterwards. Whether it was the Falklands War, the 2008 financial crisis or the prospect of a disastrous Brexit, time and […]

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Opinion

Government Conceals The Truth of Coronavirus Death Toll

Damning figures released by the Office for National statistics have revealed that the Coronavirus death toll up to April 10 was 41 per cent higher than the numbers touted in the government’s daily press conferences. The stats, which include those who died outside of hospital, are a damning indictment of the campaign by Boris and […]

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Coronavirus

‘Five Cobra Meetings? That’s Insane!’

On Sunday 19th March 2020 a surprising shift occurred in discourse from the Murdoch-owned right-wing press where The Times reported “failings in February may have cost thousands of lives.” The article cites a senior advisor to Downing Street who “broke ranks” and blamed a “failure of leadership” for the UK’s inability to combat the coronavirus […]

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Coronavirus

Interviewing a Student Paramedic in The Coronavirus Pandemic

Discussions on Covid-19 are understandably ubiquitous at the present time. One group of people who have remained relatively quiet in this dialogue however are medical students. So Periscope Nottingham interviewed a final year student paramedic to see what they think of the government’s action and how they are dealing with this crisis. What happened from […]

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Coronavirus

Life or The Economy?

This is the Latin American reality.  Recently I had the chance to interview Andrea, a mother who heads up a household of three children, of whom two are disabled. Displaced by the ongoing armed conflict in Colombia, the family now find themselves in Bello, a town in the suburbs of Medellin, the capital of the […]

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Opinion

Coronavirus Lockdown Will Leave a More Narcissistic Society

As Boris Johnson has extended the lockdown for a further three weeks, nobody wishes to come to terms with the fact that this shutdown will continue, in some form, for the foreseeable future. This is a paradigm-shifting event that will cause a profound change in the psychology of our society. Fundamentally, what we will value […]