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Thursday 18th September 2014

Things will never be the same again: reflections on the Scottish referendum

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Whatever the outcome of today's referendum of 3.5 million voters in Scotland, Friday 19 September 2014 will be an epoch-making day in the politics of these islands. For once, the hyperbole is justified.
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Thursday 18th September 2014
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Social Sciences
Thursday 31st July 2014

We want our political leaders to display good character - but what does it mean?

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With just ten months to go before the next General Election, Labour leader Ed Miliband set out his vision for government last week in a speech that named 'decency and empathy' as two of the defining principles of leadership:
Date:
Thursday 31st July 2014
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Social Sciences
Thursday 24th July 2014

Speaking only English is as much of a disadvantage as speaking no English

Speaking only English is as much of a disadvantage as speaking no English
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A multilingual research team will conduct detailed linguistic ethnographic investigations in super-diverse neighbourhoods in the four cities, working with speakers of Chinese languages in Birmingham, Arabic speakers in Cardiff; Polish speakers in London; and Czech, Slovak, and Romani speakers in Leeds.
Date:
Thursday 24th July 2014
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Social Sciences
Thursday 17th July 2014

The Israeli-Palestinian crisis: A distressing déjà vu

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The most depressing aspect of the current round of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, beyond the death toll and the human suffering, is the sheer predictability of this crisis. As far as contemporary armed conflicts go, few could match the intensity, inevitability and perpetuity of the ongoing struggle between the militant group Hamas and the Israeli government.
Date:
Thursday 17th July 2014
Categories:
Social Sciences
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