Paulina (she/her) is a News Reporter at the Oxford Blue, was previously a News Editor on the paper, and has written longer form pieces on Global Affairs for other publications. She is entering her second year as a History and Politics undergraduate at Trinity College.
Current Affairs

So what’s happening in Belarus?

Mass protests erupted in the former-Soviet republic following the announcement that President Alexander Lukashenko won Sunday’s presidential election with 80.2% of the vote whilst his rival,  Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, received only 9.9%.  Turnout is said to have reached 84.05%, a fall from 87.22% in the 2015 election. It is important to note that these are all Read More…

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Poland: Arrest of trans-activist and the escalation against LGBTQ+ protestors

Condemnation falls yet again on Poland following escalations between police and LGBTQ+ protestors in the state’s capital on Friday evening. Protestors gathered on the historic Warsaw street, Krakowskie Przedmieście, to show opposition against the decision to place LGBTQ+ trans-activist Margot—or Michal Sz. as she is known to police—under two months arrest. The cause of this Read More…

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Government wastes £150 million on NHS unworthy masks

In response to judicial review proceedings issued by the Good Law Project and EveryDoctor, the UK government has admitted that fifty million FFP2 masks purchased as part of a £252 million contract “will not be used in the NHS,” due to concerns over adequate fixings.  According to the Good Law Project’s estimates, between £156 million Read More…

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‘Decolonise our education’: Government responds to calls to review history curriculum

The UK government is facing calls from politicians and members of the public to remedy perceived disparities in schools’ history curriculum and “decolonise” British education. A petition calling for Britain’s colonial history to be made a compulsory part of the curriculum has now reached 262,645 signatures and prompted a government response on Thursday. This response Read More…

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It can happen here: IOPC announces investigation into racial bias in stop and search incidents

Last week, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) announced that it will be investigating racial bias in the use of force and stop and search incidents in England and Wales. With the intention of driving “real change in policing practice”, the announcement comes after Black British athlete, Bianca Williams, was stopped and handcuffed by Read More…

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President of all Poland? President Duda and Warsaw Mayor, Trzaskowski, to enter the second round of presidential elections

Since The Oxford Blue last reported on the presidential elections in Poland, the playing field has changed significantly: incumbent President Andrzej Duda will face Rafał Trzaskowski, the Mayor of Warsaw, in the second round of voting. The election, scheduled for May 10th, was pushed back as coronavirus made its way across the country, forcing the Read More…

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Charity Commission intervenes in dispute between Christ Church and dean

The Charity Commission issued a statement on Thursday announcing their intervention in the ongoing dispute between the Christ Church governing body and the college’s dean, the Very Rev. Prof. Martyn Percy. The call for the parties to enter into a mediation process occurs as “[t]he situation risks harming the reputation of charity more generally, in Read More…

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Mind the Gap: the Debate on Reopening Schools

As the proposed June 1 date for reopening of schools for Reception, Year 1, and Year 6 children looms over us, the tension between the government and teachers’ unions grows. The plan has been criticised by teachers’ unions as “patchy, rushed and woefully inadequate” for reopening as they call for an adequate test and trace Read More…

Current Affairs

The forgotten lives of refugees

Every one of us is concerned with how to best shield those most vulnerable in our society from the looming shadow of the coronavirus; whether that be the elderly, the immunocompromised, rough sleepers, or our essential workers who put themselves in the line of fire every day. But what about those most vulnerable in the world?