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The IDF Must Be Stopped

One of the most emotive and polarising struggles in the last 100 years has been the Israel-Palestine conflict and with the 2014 Israel incursion and alarming number of civilian deaths it’s only intensified in its divisiveness. Some maintain that the Israeli government are entitled to defend themselves against Hamas, who have indiscriminately fired rockets, others […]

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Charlie Hebdo And The Pressurisation To Conform With Racism

An unutterably heinous attack occurred yesterday in Paris perpetrated by Islamic extremists. A prominent french satirical publication Charlie Hebdo lost members in the attack, a maintenance worker was killed and two police officers including a Muslim were killed. The assault has been characterised as an affront to freedom of speech with many governments and Muslim […]

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Her Name Was Leelah (Trigger Warning)

On Sunday the 28th of December – Leelah Alcorn – a teenage girl tragically took her own life. Her gender did not correspond with the one assigned to her at birth and despite great efforts to embrace who she was, her parents weren’t willing to afford her that right. The attempted coercion of the male […]

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Movie Review: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (Contains Spoilers)

  Full disclosure: The reviewer of this movie is a member of the human species, so their judgement may be impaired by a bias towards the humans. We can’t ensure full impartiality but we will try strenuously. The highly anticipated sequel to The Rise Planet Of The Apes was released this year to critical acclaim. […]

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The Revitalisation Of GTA V

  A year ago I concluded my review of GTA Online by stating it had laid the groundwork for something remarkable. A year on and that potential is about to be actualised with the remastered version of GTA merely two weeks away. A game which has become plagued by monotony is about to gain a […]

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Emma Watson’s Speech On Feminism

A powerful, eloquent speech by Emma Watson. Her poise and grace was exemplary. Her speech encapsulated the necessity of feminism, and she expressed an interesting point: Patriarchy can affect men too. Feminism gained a negative connotation not because there is anything inherently wrong with the movement but because some men have a vested interest in […]

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Ireland’s Anachronism (Trigger warning)

An account has emerged this week of a woman being subjected to egregious misconduct by the HSE. Ireland which is notorious for its archaic abortion laws has only reinforced what many already know: They oppress women, trans men & some genderqueer people with impunity. This latest incident just underscores the necessity of reform to the […]

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World Cup & Inequality

The most prestigious tournament in the world gets underway today in Brazil with many football fans eager to watch the most renowned players in the world come head to head. But behind the veil of luxurious stadiums and ebullient football fans are citizens who have been subjected to much pain and anguish at the hands […]

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Trigger Warnings Are Not Superfluous

The NYTimes wrote a piece pertaining to ‘Trigger Warnings’ last weekend and it has ignited a much needed discussion on Trigger Warnings and what they entail. Trigger Warnings are designed to prevent people from encountering an extremely damaging emotional response to an evocative piece of content. Examples include but are not limited to rape victims, […]

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Movies And Allegories (Contains Some Spoilers)

Disney’s new movie Frozen has opened to rave reviews from prominent movie critics and has broken a number of records in animation but not everyone is amused. Not for the first time, Christian conservatives are chastising Disney for their ostensible promotion of a “liberal agenda” and in their eyes an indoctrination of pliable children. However, […]

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Always Speak Out Against Hate

A few weeks ago on a late night talk show in Ireland Rory O’Neill was interviewed and with assertiveness and eloquence lambasted the Iona institute and their members for their Anti Gay rhetoric accurately labelling them homophobic. Subsequently Iona and its members pursued litigation against RTE on the grounds of defamation of character and depressingly […]

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Demonisation Of The Poor

On Monday evening Channel 4 aired a problematic documentary “Benefits Street” The documentary depicts a group of people living off benefits. It dehumanises the people and it’s predicated on gross caricatures and misrepresentations to instigate an outrage. Suffice to say it’s achieved its objective as testified by the vitriol spewed by some on Twitter It’s […]

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There Are Consequences For Being A Bigot

Earlier this week prominent star of hit TV Show Duck Dynasty was suspended for coarse and odious remarks about homosexual people. This has precipitated an outcry from Conservatives claiming “Christians are under attack” and that “freedom of speech is dead”. As if we needed more evidence of people’s gross misunderstanding of freedom of speech. No […]

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This Isn’t The Change We Hoped For

Hope and Change: Those were the two qualities Barack Obama embodied in the 2008 election, he was America’s liberator, the antithesis of Bush. But as we near Obama’s 5th year in office, his presidency is descending into a cesspool of disarray and his believers are becoming disillusioned. His administration is fraught with incompetence & irresponsibility, […]

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An Auspicious Start For The PS4

Console Gaming is dead! That was the myopic proclamation from some analysts not too long ago. But inevitably their drivel has been falsified. In news that would strain credulity the PS4 has launched to staggering sales, 1 Million in the first day to be exact. This is unprecedented in the history of gaming and may […]

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GTA Online redefines online gaming

Mesmerising, unfathomable, extraordinary, profound, those are just a few superlatives to describe the dynamic open world of GTA Online. From death matches, to diverse races, to enthralling missions, to parachuting, there’s a vast array of entertainment and it provides an abundance of fun. Unlike GTA single player, you’ll rarely find yourself bored by monotony, while […]

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Transphobia in GTA V

Source: BadTransJokes People will claim this is innocuous satire, but they’re categorically incorrect. Effective satire exposes, lampoons and subverts intolerance and oppressive convictions. This is the antithesis of legitimate satire and does the exact opposite; it demonises trans people & exacerbates current difficulties they face. These false depictions of trans people perpetuate pernicious views of […]

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Grand Theft Auto V Review (contains spoilers)

GTA V has been hailed as the game of the century. Last week it was released and received rave reviews from numerous gaming publications, most notably IGN. But has the game lived up the incalculable anticipation and hype? Does the game warrant a 10/10 score? On the contrary; the game has a multitude of flaws, […]

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Sex Shaming And Misogyny Prevalent In Ireland.

  Over the weekend pictures of a teenage girl engaging in an innocuous sexual act disseminated around the web. Subsequently many inevitably started to deride and chastise this girl for engaging in a consensual sexual act. One just had to look at the #slanegirl hashtag on Twitter to see how pervasive misogyny has become in Ireland. Many feminists […]

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Musings on an Apple Television

“I finally cracked it” Those were the words of the late Steve Jobs when conversing with Walter Isaacson in regard to the Apple TV. Here’s the full quote from Steve Jobs which pertains to the Apple TV: ‘I’d like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use,’ he told me. ‘It […]

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The Tiger bites back

Three years ago Tiger Woods hit rock bottom in his career. One of his most egregious performances in his history: He posted his worst week as pro and to compound his misery it came at one of his happy hunting grounds Firestone and into an abyss he went. He had to endure much derision and […]

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Murray earns legendary status at SW19

A year ago Andy Murray had a heart-wrenching defeat at Wimbledon, many were apprehensive about his future prospects, many assumed this loss would be too difficult to overcome, but on the contrary. The defeat invigorated Murray, and a year on he is an Olympic champion, and a two time grand slam winner. Even his most […]

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Just like Old Times

      People said Tiger’s dominant days were over but with his win on Sunday at TPC Sawgrass he emphatically debunked their fallacious theories. Tiger started the round in an auspicious manner, hitting his first 5 greens and birdying three of the first 7, his distance control was impeccable, and he was putting superbly. […]

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Tiger’s return to dominance

12 months ago when a fragile Tiger limped off Doral, few would have envisioned 12 months later he would have accumulated 5 victories in 19 starts on the PGATour. But that’s exactly what has occurred. On Sunday Tiger eased to victory with a certain nonchalance, and won his 1st World Golf Championship since Bridgestone in […]

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Apple Reinvents the toilet with iToilet

  Apple today introduced the long rumoured iToilet, combining two products, a revolutionary toilet, and an internet communications device. Tim Cook showcased the device today in San Francisco, and the attending audience were transfixed as Tim demonstrated the magnificence of the iToliet live. Tim even pooped live on stage, trying to emphasise to the engrossed […]

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What Does The Future Hold For Apple?

A question that will always arouse intense interest and generate a lot of discussion. It’s now been more than three years since Apple introduced a new category, with the iPad in January 2010. Perhaps inequitably many have questioned Apple’s ability to innovate; some have even had the audacity to surmise they’ve become devoid of creative ideas. Let’s […]