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

Gentrification, Hipsterisation and why I’d never pay £5 for a bowl of cereal

Arctic Monkeys’ eagerly anticipated album ‘Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino’ came out on the 11th May and with it came a wave of love punctuated with a tsunami of hate. Alongside the album came the single ‘Four Out of Five’ whereby the so called “invitation to forget everything you know about the band” highlights one of the key phenomena which defines modern day London, gentrification.

Gentrification, Hipsterisation and why I’d never pay £5 for a bowl of cereal

Youtube Culture: The Good, the Bad and the Paul Brothers

Since its creation on Valentine ’s Day 2005, YouTube has witnessed unruly and unpredictable growth. The change from a small collection of dedicated content creators to a gamut of A-list celebrities who are regularly photographed with the likes of Kim Kardashian and Ariana Grande, signifies a stark development of pop culture where online personalities are permanently integrated in the public eye. This transformation is fluently demonstrated by KKW Beauty’s recent launch in collaboration with make-up artist, MakeUpByMario. Here, a large percentage of the invitees were “Instagram celebrities” who have sought fame on YouTube, or the dreaded “I” word… influencers -shudder- including guests such as NikitaDragun and MannyMUA. It is this elevated status of content creators which I believe has caused YouTube’s moral downfall, and as someone who’s life has been, to an extent shaped by YouTube, where keeping up with creators has become routed in my everyday routine since approximately 2011-2012, I have seen this change unfold before me.

Youtube Culture: The Good, the Bad and the Paul Brothers