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North Korean Nuclear Crisis: An Analysis by Trevor Duncan

North Korea is a sort of misshapen political science experiment wherein a peninsula was divided between capitalism and communism. The South enjoying the patronage of the West while the North “enjoyed” the regional hospitality of the Communist regimes in China and the Soviet Union.

The totalitarian left did what it normally did, and culminated in the rule of a dictator with a personality cult at the ready in North Korea. The moderate capitalist forces did what they normally do: they turned the South into a high-end economic power featuring manufacturing as its main focus but will probably turn out to be somewhat unsustainable.

There was a war where the two sides were separated by a demilitarised zone (DMZ) at the 39th parallel. Millions of mines being seeded into the no-man’s-land in between the two, and armoured forts rose up like the type that Roman Legions used to build on the Danube and the Rhine...

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Marx and Manifesto: A Beginner's Review by Phillip Sutcliffe-Mott

I didn’t finish The Communist Manifesto when I first read it. Despite its short length, I knew within ten pages that I was too immature. Something stuck with me though. An observation which hardened, some years later, when I started university. It was how in awe with capitalism Marx was. How complementary and excitable his tone. There are pages of passages that marvel at capitalism’s capacity as an all-consuming global force.

This goes some way to explaining how odd a text Manifesto is. The whole thing is delivered by two voices at once, each oppositional to the other. The critic and the fan. This, as we’ll see, is fitting indeed.

To pull sense from Manifesto, you have to read it with at least two other works: Das Kapital and Marx’s Contribution to Hegel’s Critique of Right. For this reason, it is necessary to flounce indeterminately between discussing Marx the scholar and discussing Marx and Engels, Communist co-conspirators...

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Mutually Assured Destruction: a Game for Mad Men by Phillip Sutcliffe-Mott

The United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, India, and Pakistan. These countries have all detonated nukes in the last century. North Korea and Israel likely have arms too, perhaps homebuilt or perhaps imported. All but two of these detonations were on unpopulated testing sites.

Fission weapons are, to leap into technicality, like 20,000 tonnes of TNT when dropped. The US showed our world as much over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, killing, by the most conservative possible metric, 129,000 people with two bombs. If they were dropped on a 21st century-dense population, the loss of life would be orders worse.

Consider such imprecision. Some years ago, I asked Dr. Lisbeth Gronlund, co-director of the Global Security Program, what nuclear weapons can do:

“If cities are attacked, large fires would result, sending enormous amounts of soot into the upper atmosphere...

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remier League Report Cards - sports reporting by Ciaran Breslin

It’s been an interesting season in the Premier League. The top sixth all improved on their points total from last season. We’ve seen several debut campaigns from high profile managers, with various degrees of success. The difference in quality between the lower league teams appears to have diminished, meaning points outside of the top six carry more weight than they did last year. Here, we determine the relative successes of each club, based on pre-season expectations.


1st: Chelsea

Grade: A+


Hopefully the arbitrary grades will prove more illuminating as we go on, but for now you will be shocked to learn that Chelsea’s season can be considered an enormous success. Antonio Conte...

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