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Review of On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan: Sex-Ed As It Could Be

On Chesil Beach, by Ian McEwan. Vintage, 166pp, £7.99, 2008, ISBN: 9780099512790 Having been married just that morning, Mr. and Mrs. Mayhew sit across a roast beef dinner in their honeymoon suite. Their conversation is idle, circumscribed as it is by the lingering presence of two adolescent hotel waiters, and by the intellectual constriction of dread and desire. In its ...

Has Einstein Been Proven Right—Again?

Rumours have begun to circulate in the physics community that a group of scientists in the US have detected gravitational waves. Their existence was predicted in 1916 Albert Einstein as a part of his general theory of relativity, but they have so far eluded scientists. According to the theory, gravitational waves are ripples in the curvature of space-time that propagate ...

Obama to Sidestep Congress on Gun Control

President Barak Obama will announce a series of executive actions designed to reform gun laws on Tuesday, bypassing congress.

Saudi Arabia Severs Diplomatic Ties with Iran

Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic ties with Iran on Sunday after their embassy in Tehran, Iran’s capital, was set alight.

The fire came as a part of a broader set of protests across the Shia Islamic world in response to the execution of one of its most outspoken clerics, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, by Saudi Arabia, a Sunni dominate state.

The former had been a vocal critic of the Saudi and other gulf states and their policies towards their Shia minorities until his arrest in 2012. Saudi authorities convicted him in a show trial on terrorism related charges after he came out in support of non-violent anti-regime protests.

So far David Gauke, the UK’s Treasury secretary, is the most senior British figure to comment on the execution, saying, ineffectually, that it was a worrying development. The US state department said it risked “exacerbating sectarian tensions at a time when they urgently need to be reduced.”

The severing of ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran signals an escalation in tensions between the two, who are already a


The UN Votes to End the Civil War in Syria

The UN Security Council voted unanimously for a resolution aimed at ending Syria’s bloody civil war on Friday. The document, Resolution No. 2245, calls for talks between the Syrian government and select opposition groups, to be organized by UN Envoy Staffan de Mistura, accompanied by a ceasefire agreement. Optimistically, the process is to lead to establishment of “credible, inclusive and ...

America Puts Boots on the Ground Against ISIS

American Defense Secretary, Ash Carter, announced on Tuesday that the United States would be putting boots on the ground in their fight against Daesh (ISIS). A new ‘expeditionary force’, to operate independently of other ground forces in the region, is being deployed in response to calls from congressional leaders and a shifting American strategy. “It puts everybody on notice in ...

Facebook CEO Pledges $45 Billion to Charity

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and CEO, and his wife, Priscilla Chan, had a baby; but that’s not all they gave birth to. In an open letter to their newborn daughter, Max, the couple announced the formation of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the front through which they plan to give away 99% of their stock in Facebook, currently valued at $45bn. ...

Turkey Advises its People Not to Travel to Russia

In the wake of Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane, the Turkish Foreign Ministry has advised its citizens to postpone all non-essential travel to Russia. The statement was issued in response to reports that Turkish visitors to Russia have been facing difficulties as a result of the incident. Turks planning to travel to Russia should delay, they said, until “the ...

Hostage Situation in Northern France

The hostage situation, which took place in the Northern French town of Roubaix on Tuesday, has ended. Shots were fired and several were reported injured before a police raid left one of suspect dead.

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