Remember the Value of Freedom

Basti Schnorrenberg “We live a privileged life”. “The current situation in Europe is historically unprecedented”. Phrases like these ones which are often repeated tend to lose their meaning over time. We simply get used to them and, sooner or later, just like the sound the crickets here in Cyprus make, they become a kind of…

A defence of expression: the importance of the ‘other’ side

Eshitha Vaz UCL Population Health Student George Orwell’s ‘1984’ seems increasingly relevant to the society that is being moulded around us. Once written in his original preface to Animal Farm, Orwell poignantly writes: ” If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear”. The right to…

Aadishi’s Poetry Corner #1

Aadishi Agarwal UCL Laws Student Number 1:  A pretty painting to hide the pain in Mona Lisa’s smile, she picked up a brush, she stopped not once. A pretty painting to numb her for just a while, the blood in her veins, on her canvas runs. Blue toxicity of choking fire, it flows through her…

The Real Danish Girl: How Far Have We Come?

Originally posted on LSESU AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL:
After finishing a grueling exam at the LSE, all I wanted was to shut my brain off for a little while. I was drawn to see The Danish Girl as a result of the hype Eddie Redmayne has recently received following The Theory of Everything, and people were claiming he…

The Zero Dark Thirty Controversy – Have We ‘Normalized’ Torture?

The recent release of Kathryn Bigelow’s film Zero Dark Thirty has sparked a lot of controversy, due to its graphic depiction of the torture of terrorism detainees by CIA agents in the years following 9/11.  Questions have arisen as to whether it is in some way ‘normalising’ such terrible acts (which are now known to…