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Snapshot: Discrediting Witness Testimony – The Mandela Effect

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Those of us familiar with Episode V of the Star Wars saga may recall the iconic quote by Darth Vader as “Luke, I am your father.” However, the actual quote is, “No, I am your father.” This inaccurate recollection of events by a group of people is known as the Mandela Effect.   The term was originally …

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Snapshot: Brexit: Is farming going to be another victim?

From 2021, Farmers will no longer benefit from the Common Agricultural Policy which funds UK agriculture at £3.5 billion annually. The Agriculture Bill provides the legislative framework for the replacement agricultural support schemes. The Government have described it as ‘landmark legislation to boost productivity and reward environmental improvements for decades to come.’ An amendment tabled …

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Snapshot: Have you not heard? Renting clothes is so in

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High-end department store Selfridges has recently introduced clothing rental in order address environmental and ethical concerns rife in the fashion industry. The store has established a 5-year sustainability plan to adapt to new ways of living and to hopefully change consumer mindset of owning single-use clothes which inevitably end up in landfills. The reduction in …

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Hijabis Fight Back: Headscarf ruling sparks protests in Belgium

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The Constitutional Court of Belgium has mandated a ruling that allows a ban on religious symbols in higher education. Francisco Ferrer Brussels University college enacted a ban on headscarves, causing a group of Muslim women to file a claim against the university, which was subsequently sent to The Constitutional Court of Belgium for a ruling. …

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Snapshot Update: Wiley vs. Katie Hopkins… Double standards?

Last month, UK rapper Wiley’s stream of anti-Semitic posts on social media resulted in a permanent ban from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, as well as a police investigation. Rightfully so. However, the likes of Katie Hopkins — a white British commentator whose entire career is built on rampant Islamophobia, anti-Blackness and anti-Semitism — continue …

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Snapshot: Afghanistan government set to release the final 400 Taliban prisoners

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Eighty prisoners were reportedly released on Thursday the 14th of August 2020, said officials, with some of their crimes including attacks on Afghans and foreigners. This was only the beginning of the releases as the Afghan government plan to release 400 Taliban prisoners in total in order to pave a way for long-delayed peace talks. …

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Snapshot: Nightingale Courts erected to cure justice

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The government has found a solution to reduce the insurmountable build-up of cases due to COVID-19. Recent data released by the Ministry of Justice shows that the Magistrates’ Courts face a backlog of 480,000 cases and crown courts at about 41,000. The temporary Nightingale Courts can be found in 10 locations around England and Wales …

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Snapshot: What’s the deal with the EU long-term budget?

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Some of us might have heard of the recent EU budget negotiations due to the generous recovery fund for nations worst affected by the pandemic. However, as the budget awaits the approval of the European Parliament, certain issues are being raised about how short-sighted the deal is.   Due to the Covid-19 recovery fund some EU programmes are facing cuts, …

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Snapshot: The Beirut explosion – the aftermath for Lebanon

Disaster struck in Lebanon, specifically Beirut, on 4th August 2020. An unexpected, yet lethal, explosion occurred in Beirut, killing at least 200 people and injuring 5000 others. Reports also stated that the enormous explosion also led to over 300,000 people homeless. The explosion sent a mushroom cloud into the air and a blast-wave radiating through …

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