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Thursday 1st December 2016

'All Past Times Were Worse': Remembering Fidel Castro

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Fidel Castro (1926–2016), was without doubt, one of the most forceful protagonists to erupt onto the global stage in the 20th century. Drama, charisma, audacity and defiant dynamism marked his emergence as a young leader, following his successful overthrow of the US-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959, and his defence of the Revolution against its principal detractors for almost 60 years. The Cuban Revolution radically reshaped Cuban society, transforming the nation's geopolitical significance, and making it a vital broker in major global negotiations at key stages in the cold war and beyond.
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Thursday 1st December 2016
Thursday 24th November 2016

Should universities be charged with opening or sponsoring schools?

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The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has twice praised the University of Birmingham in recent months for what we have done in setting up our own fully comprehensive secondary school – the first of its kind in England. In fact, the Prime Minister has gone further, saying she wants to see other universities setting up schools or sponsoring existing underperforming ones.
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Thursday 24th November 2016
Thursday 17th November 2016

Is Donald Trump gaslighting America?

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Some of you may be familiar with the concept of 'gaslighting'. Inspired by an Alfred Hitchcock film in 1944, it is 'a form of psychological abuse in which a victim is manipulated into doubting their own memory, perception, and sanity.'
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Thursday 17th November 2016
Thursday 3rd November 2016

Driving the revolution

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In the UK, 75% of families own a car, and as a population we travel over 244 billion miles a year in cars. In the near future, how we drive those miles will change dramatically. Increasingly, autonomous systems technology will control our vehicles, with intelligent automation making driving safer, more efficient and more predictable.
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Thursday 3rd November 2016
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