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Author: Alexander Miller

Beauty and the Russian Ban

Russian MP, Vitaly Milonov has reportedly called for the new Disney adaptation of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to be banned for, “peddling,” “Gay Propaganda.” In 2013 Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, signed legislation into law placing a ban on “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations.” While plans for the film still went ahead, a revised rating of 16+ has been applied, ensuring it will be kept away from Russian minors. The mentality behind it is to reinforce traditional Russian values over liberalised western culture. Not only does this have huge implications for increased discrimination of the LGBT community in Russia,...

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Leadership Elections 2017: Kent Union’s Culture Crisis

If accountability is not at the heart of a democratic organisation then it is not unreasonable to suggest that that organisation is not really democratic at all and well, if that organisation’s democratic mandate is severely limited, it is almost undeniable that there is a democratic deficit within that organisation and that there is a deep-rooted problem with the culture of that organisation. I don’t mean to demean or belittle the achievements of the newly elected Kent Union Sabbatical Officers, or undermine the great work that has been done by the Presidents and Vice Presidents of the past. They...

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Varsity 2017: UKC Hockey Men’s 1s Suffer Crushing Defeat

Kent Men’s Hockey 1s suffered a 5-1 drubbing against CCCU in their Varsity clash at the UKC Astro on Monday night. Kent looked unsettled right from the off as CCCU commanded play around the field and the deadlock was broken after just three minutes. A fired shot deceived the keeper and Christ Church took an early lead. CCCU continued to the put the pressure on Kent and apart from a great save by the UKC keeper after an early penalty corner, the half was all CCCU’s. They doubled their lead after eighteen minutes on the second attempt from another...

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Varsity 2017 Men’s 1s Football: Kent are the Comeback Kings

UKC Men’s First Football team provided an early contender for game of the tournament on Friday by executing the perfect comeback against Varsity rivals Canterbury Christ Church. 2-0 down at halftime, Kent F.C did the seemingly impossible and in the 89th minute brought the score up to 3-2 to seal a shock late win. The evening snow failed to get the better of both teams as CCCU and UKC started the match bright with a flurry of shots on target at both ends. The game was fast moving and tense with the ball running quickly along the 3GX surface....

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Global Britain: Britain’s Broken Trains and the Forgotten Issue

In the week that Southern Rail and ASLEF (The Train Drivers Union) agreed to return to talks and put a halt to the strikes across the train lines of the South, the British public was bombarded with Theresa May’s Global Britain Brexit speech, Trump’s inauguration, and the possible extradition of Assange to the U.S. It’s therefore easy to see why this snippet of news could be greeted with a sigh of relief and be seen as a small comfort in an increasingly complex and distressing period of global news. Under the surface there hides a very much forgotten story...

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