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Thursday 22nd October 2015

A "New Departure"? The legal bases of UK drone strikes in Syria

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Meeting to mark the first anniversary of the publication of the Birmingham Policy Commission on 'The Security Impact of Drones', discussion at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Drones was dominated by the UK's controversial Reaper strike against two UK nationals in Syria this summer. Cameron's decision to justify this action on grounds of self-defence of the UK was recognised as making a distinct break from previous UK rules of engagement.
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Thursday 22nd October 2015
Thursday 15th October 2015

Humanitarian crisis in Calais refugee camp needs urgent political attention

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The European refugee crisis, including the attempts of people to reach Britain from Calais, has dominated the news for several months, with the main focus being on security concerns and border controls.However, there is another humanitarian crisis unfolding in Calais, where around 3,000 people are living in conditions detrimental to their health, and which fail to meet the standards recommended by global authorities.
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Thursday 15th October 2015
Thursday 8th October 2015

Is the sex industry really fuelled by heterosexual male demand?

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The sex industry: predatory men taking advantage of victimised women (or so it is popularly assumed). But the reality is actually far more complex than that.
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Thursday 8th October 2015
Thursday 1st October 2015

All change? Air rights and the redevelopment of New Street station

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Railway stations are special places; places of entry and exit, meeting places and places of farewells. They have acted as an important setting for many famous movies, novels and paintings. Great cities are often associated with well-designed, iconic railway stations.
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Thursday 1st October 2015
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