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Miscellaneous news articles from a different perspective in alternative media headlines.

The Ineluctable Modality of The Barca - sports reporting by Ciaran Breslin

FC Barcelona, as their fans like to remind you on a regular basis, is more than a club. This is partly a political implication; tightly bound up as it with the Catalan identity and ever evolving relationship with independence. But it also refers to how it makes the 1.6 million people who live in the city feel like a small community. It’s a cliché but it’s absolutely true to say this city is football mad. Everyone has an opinion, everyone is grumpy after a big loss, everyone loves to talk about what they almost exclusively call “The Barca”. In the three weeks between the first and second leg against PSG, I watched the mood go from utter dejection, to “They-couldn’t-could-they?” seeds of hope, to defiant obstinance.
The Barca, they believed, could do it...

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The Idea of Travel - Travel Reporting and Journalism Article by Benny Callaghan

I have recently had the privilege to travel to a beautiful and far off country. During this trip I have done many enjoyable things; the type of which I would not usually have the chance to do and which could well be described as once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. I have seen marvellous sights, eaten good food and met at least one or two interesting characters. All in all a fairly positive thing to have done, wouldn’t you think? But why then do I feel as if this adventure has been at times a long drawn out progression of one generic holiday-activity after another, punctuated by brief stops amongst beautiful scenery and cosy restaurants?

This feeling of monotony has followed me everywhere. It has haunted me like a guilty conscience and has only ever been alleviated in moments...

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The American Bombardment of Laos - History and Poltics Article by Zack Breslin

“This isn’t a war,” said the artilleryman. “It never was a war; any more than there’s war between man and ants.”

– H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds

I recently began reading H.G. Wells classic novel “War of the Worlds”. In the book, alien invaders from Mars land on planet Earth and begin to wreak havoc, indiscriminately killing all they encounter. The military weapons of the Earthlings are no match for the Martian’s heat-rays and the invaders turn every bush, building and person they encounter into blackened skeletons. As the invasion unfolds we are given no reason for the Martian aggression...

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Postcards from Scream-Whore City - Travel Reporting and Journalism Article by Charlemagne O'keefe

I was bursting through Madrid, lost as a pellet in high weeds, full of whiskey and hopelessness. I had finished my English-teacher training course the day before, and had wandered off from the pub, leaving my course-mates behind in search of my hostel and the lumpy bunk-bed that awaited me. I had only the name of the street the hostel was on, and not one person I asked seemed to know where it was. I gave a beggar some change, and that’s where the craziness started.

He told me to follow him, and thinking he was leading me to where I’d asked him to, I complied. But the next thing I knew, I was in a bar full of big-breasted, topless women. I lost 150 euro that night, and I’m still unsure of how I managed it. My first theory is that I paid for three...

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