Tag: politics

Demented Democracy

by Hanna Zelma Horányi A bit of context: On April 4, parliamentary elections were held in Hungary. Fidesz, the governing party won in a landslide. On the same day, there was also a referendum which was often regarded as homo- and transphobic. (I’m adding often because a. as far as the government is concerned, it…

Wild West Ethos

By Annika Lee found poem from Facebook comments on the 20 September 2021 New York Times article ‘Homeland Security investigates border patrol’s treatment of Haitian immigrants.’   Look closely it’s not the Wild West. Like master to slave God is a whip playing cowboys. So, big man, how would you stop the runner literally walking…

The AUKUS Élite

By Charlotte Vreden With the trilateral security pact between the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, Australia finds itself in the noble company of an exclusive and elite clique of other cool nations, only to realize the harsh laws of popularity. Now, this could be a summary of what happened during the past weeks, but…

Some Thoughts on the Women’s Prize for Fiction

By Marije Huging In March, the longlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the UK’s most prestigious book award for women writers, for which the winner gets 30 000 pounds, was released. The drama that ensued earlier this month regarding the prize has something larger to say about literary prize culture, and it’s entering into…

The PoLaw European Election Debate: A Successful Evening of Critical Thinking and Political Discussion

by Amélie Snijders On Thursday evening, the 25th of April, the political and law society of UCR (PoLaw) invited five candidates for the European elections to come and defend their party’s views. The debate was a mix of cultural values and freedoms with a critical but enthusiastic audience. The event was an impressive display of what student…

The Brainless Soldier

By Amée Zoutberg Looking back on 2018, I feel that one of my greatest lessons learnt came about a month after receiving my UCR diploma. Which was great. Really. I painfully discovered that in three years of sacrifice and voluntary enslavement to the academic system (for that sweet, sweet 3.5 GPA), I had in no way…

Is Science Undemocratic?

by Andrea Undecimo A new truth has emerged: science is not democratic. This is at least what a famous Professor of Microbiology and Virology at the University of Milan, Roberto Burioni, has proposed in his book, published last year, whose title could be roughly translated as “The conspiracy of the ignorant: why science cannot be…

Flash #8: Floodings, Legs, and Triggers

After a well-deserved Spring Break, Tabula Rasa is back with your weekly coverage of news you might have missed being responsible students. Russian opposition leader in jail Alexei Navalny has been sentenced to 15 days in jail following the Sunday protests against the corruption in the Russian government. The protests were sparked by a report…

UCR Votes: An Experiment

Bringing Dutch Parliament Elections Closer to You The past year was a political hurricane, to say the least. England is now making concrete steps to leave the European Union, and we are being confronted with US President Trump’s shenanigans every day again. But buckle up everybody, there is much more to come! Germany, France and…

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