On Veganism

Food is undeniably a converging point in which every member of society can relate due to its position as one of life’s fundamental necessities. Yet, while this is true, it is vital to examine the varying relationships which people have with food associated with individual tastes and experiences, which, in turn, can be largely attributed to one’s culture, heritage and identity. Food can, simultaneously, work to shape a person’s identity whilst operating as an underlying factor in dictating their actions and behaviours, and as a result of this, one’s taste in food is innately geographical.

On Veganism

The Lasting Effects of Agent Orange in Vietnam

War in Vietnam broke out in late 1955, and raged for twenty years. During this time, what was then The Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) fought for dominance of the entire country; as a result, the USA Army was brought in as a force against the ‘Red Scare’ – the onslaught of Communism that had begun spreading throughout South East Asia in a domino effect. Throughout the War, many military tactics were used, but perhaps the one that has left the most long-lasting effects is the use of chemical warfare – more specifically, the use of Agent Orange (a herbicide) that was deployed by US Soldiers during a ten year period from 1961 to 1971. By wiping out thousands of kilometres of vegetation as well as causing multiple health defects for both the Vietnamese people as well as the USA Army, the devastation caused by this method persists in the country to this day, and affects the lives of millions.

The Lasting Effects of Agent Orange in Vietnam

Anti-Semitism in the Labour Party

Recently, the Labour Party has been thrown under the microscope over accusations of antisemitism. Traditionally, we associate the Labour Party with a tolerant and liberal view, therefore these allegations have been somewhat shocking for many. It is no secret that many members of the Labour Party, including of course Jeremy Corbyn are supporters of the Palestinian cause, however the passion that arises from discussion of Israeli politics in Palestine over the last 70 years has caused a moment in time in which there is confusion over what constitutes antisemitism, and what is actually in fact a criticism of Israeli government policy.

Anti-Semitism in the Labour Party