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Conversion therapy – What is it?

Conversion therapy – What is it?

Breaking News, Culture, Explainer, Explainers, Explainers, Gender, UK news, Worldnews
In 2018 the British government pledged to ban conversion therapy across the nation. However, now in 2022 the situation surrounding the practice has become a more difficult to understand. The latest on conversion therapy in the UK. Credit: Luke Severn Legislative timeline: 2018 Theresa May's government pledge that it would completely ban all conversion therapy practices in the UK as part of its LGBT equality plan. Many charities and activists were happy to see that the government had recognised the situation and were making plans to change it. 2020 In the summer of 2020, now under Boris Johnson's government, it was stated that plans were due to be brought forward to get start outlining legislation to ban conversion therapy. 2021 In March of 2021, three governme...
Why is Putin so obsessed with Ukraine?

Why is Putin so obsessed with Ukraine?

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The relationship between Ukraine and Russia has historically been complex and intertwined, with the two countries having deep historical and cultural connections. The disputes between the two have become a centre of attention after Russia annexed Crimea and invaded Eastern Ukraine (Donbas region) in 2014. Today, approximately 130,000 Russian troops are stationed within striking distance of Ukraine’s borders, and some political experts say that the security of European countries is seriously compromised. So what are the reasons for Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and what does president Putin want to achieve with his actions? Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the relationships between the Soviet states have gone through multiple ups and downs. In 1991, the second most popul
Fall of the Soviet Union and the Russia-Ukraine crisis

Fall of the Soviet Union and the Russia-Ukraine crisis

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These recent skirmishes have become like a game of chess between Russia and the West backed Ukraine, This board shows the king is advanced from both sides, but when viewed from the Ukrainian side, it has only one piece on the board. As it stands, all diplomatic channels and discussions have hit a roadblock. French President Emmanuel Macaron, travelled to Moscow to hold talks with Russian President, Vladimir Putin which did not result in the Russian army pulling back or de-escalating the issue. On the contrary, more forces have been stationed near the Ukrainian borders with the biggest troop gatherings around Yelsk, in Belarus and Slavne in Donetsk Oblast which is in the eastern part of Ukraine.  Map credit: Siddarth Rishi Battula These recent skirmishes are a build-up of two...
What is RBI central bank digital currency and why is India launching it?

What is RBI central bank digital currency and why is India launching it?

Business, economy, Education, Explainers, International, Worldnews
Indian finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget for the country on February 1, 2022. In her budget presentation, she announced the launch of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) by 2022–23 as a means to boost India’s economic growth. If you can’t beat them, copy them. This partially elucidates why central banks in nine countries have introduced their own digital currencies. Recently, in the Union Budget for 2022-23, India draws itself closer towards adopting cryptocurrencies after years of wavering on its stance, as the country seeks to keep up with the global move towards the digital assets. Besides announcing a flat 30 per cent tax on profits from all virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, Indian Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman talked about the virtual d
Explained: India and its unemployment crisis

Explained: India and its unemployment crisis

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Since the mid-2000s, India’s youth have referred to themselves as the “Nowhere Generation” - the ones who are stuck between the need to work for sustenance and the lack of options to help them. It has been over two decades since this term was coined but the situation seems to get worse with every year with rising “berozgari” or unemployment. Picture Credit: Australia India Institute On the 1st of February, India’s Finance Minister announced the budget for 2022 and promised to create six million jobs over the next five years. However, the “Nowhere Generation” doesn't seem to have much faith in this statement as pulling this off will not be an easy feat. In the past few years, in spite of being Asia’s third-largest economy, the country’s unemployment rate exceeded most of the emer
What is Wordle and why is it popular all of a sudden?

What is Wordle and why is it popular all of a sudden?

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Credits: Sharv G Recently, Twitter was flooded with a 5x6 grid of green, white, and yellow squares. The reason behind that is a daily online game called Wordle which has now been sold to The New York Times. What is Wordle? It is a daily game where the user has to guess a five-letter word in six attempts. The letters are spaced out in a grid, and each letter attempted gets marked either in grey, yellow or green. Green letters are part of the final word and in the right place. If they’re yellow, they’re in the final word but in the wrong place and grey letters are not a part of the final word. The game grants users the ability to share their grid after guessing the word correctly. The grid is made of emojis without any letters. Since it’s the same word for everybody, it is engag
The Russia-Ukraine crisis: Explained

The Russia-Ukraine crisis: Explained

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Russia and Ukraine, along with the west are at the edge of war as military tensions begin to escalate. The current crisis stems from something bigger than just the two countries. It is rooted in geopolitics, global diplomacy and power. Image Credits: Ritika Bhoora History of Russia and Ukraine Image Credits: Ritika Bhoora Ukraine and Russia have a complicated history. Putin has a particular interest in Ukraine. Last year in a 5000-word letter, he claimed that both the countries have deep cultural and political ties and he sees them as “one whole”. As Ukraine takes steps to become a member of NATO and deepen its ties with the West, Putin is determined to stop this from happening. Ukraine has been a part of the Russian empire for hundreds of years and was a part of the fo
How Fast Fashion is impacting Chile’s Atacama Desert

How Fast Fashion is impacting Chile’s Atacama Desert

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Fast Fashion is having a negative impact on the environment more than ever as popular online brands grow to keep up with the latest fashion trends. This explainer dives into the consequences that fast fashion is having in Chile and what we can do to minimise those consequences. Original Article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-60249712
‘Trickling away to nothingness is not inspiring for me’: Should the UK legalise assisted dying?

‘Trickling away to nothingness is not inspiring for me’: Should the UK legalise assisted dying?

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Assisted dying is currently illegal in the UK. It is being debated in Parliament and about to the enter the committee stage. The right to end your own life has always caused controversy, and this bill could see the UK follow other countries by legalising euthanasia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFOBkAlpAYo Credit: Politics.co.uk, Youtube The bill would enable terminally ill adults to end their own life with those providing assistance avoiding prosecution. This legislation could be seen as a solution to the issues surrounding palliative care, something that many feel is lacking. However, when people are in so much pain, should they have autonomy over their own lives and when to die? Polls taken on the issue of assisted dying consistently demonstrate that the majority of the pu...
Is your makeup bag cruelty-free?

Is your makeup bag cruelty-free?

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Image by Kloudia Sakowski The EU prohibited the sale of animal tested cosmetic products and ingredients on 11 March 2013 following its ban on animal tested cosmetics just four years earlier. We explored if these regulations are truly practised in the UK. Brands marked with a green star are cruelty-free. Our own research. Walking down the aisles at Boots, you would assume the cosmetics brands you see are vegan and cruelty-free because of this law. Yet upon inspection, we found that the UK has plenty of makeup brands that practice neither.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayyXLmUwkuk Reporter Kloudia Sakowski compares makeup brands and conducts an interview with a Lush employee. Cruelty-free products are products created without the use of animal testing while vegan products