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he first ever Doha College campus opened back in 1980, when the minarets of mosques were Doha’s tallest structures, making it one of the oldest British curriculum schools in the region. Since then, the school has developed tremendously in terms of both technology and academics. DC alumni have been accepted into world renowned universities like Harvard, Yale, Cambridge, and many others.



DC - Then and Now DC Alumni DC Commitees First Term Snapshots Battle of the Bands Poetry Evening An Ocean of Trouble



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The Environmental Impacts of Globalisation 20 USA and North Korea: Neither nation willing to back down over nuclear conflict Eliminating Discrimination 22 Tamim the Glorious 23 4

Detection of Ripples in Space and Time - The 2017 Physics Nobel Prize Winner Unlocking The Brain: Coping With Alzheimer’s

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Are we a Sims game? What would you do? Life is a Reflection Ali now Breakout Artists of Hip-Hop & R&B in 2017 Clash Royale The Decline of Pop Majlis Comic


Combat Juggling Are E-Sports really a sport?

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Today, Doha College has students from more than 75 different nationalities, making the school a diverse melting pot of culture and ethnicity. Among them are 277 teaching staff and 51 support staff, all working hard to maintain DC’s brilliant standards. In this humongous staff population, 22 native languages are divided, reflecting the wonderful mix present in Doha College. The 1980s, when Doha was lessknown, contrast greatly with the Doha of today with about a 100 different nationalities calling this place their home. Some of the teachers have been working at Doha College for a very long time. To highlight how Doha College has changed over the years, we decided to interview a few of them. One of the teachers we caught up with was Madam Mechmech, a French teacher who has been teaching here for a remarkable 25 years, and who even taught His Highness the Emir when he was a student here. Mrs Davis, one of the other languages teachers, commented on what Doha College was like when she began teaching here: “When I first started, DC was quite an overwhelming place because it

DOHA COLLEGETHEN AND NOW was a huge campus, and I didn’t know anyone very well. But later on, it got better as time passed. Back then, Doha College didn’t have such a variety of extracurricular activities, such as the eco-committee and paddleboarding. Now, there are carnivals, epic house weeks and many other activities across the whole campus. Also, there is DC Word now, and it is fantastic how it closes the gap between student and teacher communication, as well as with the younger and older students.”

We decided to ask a new member of staff for their perspective of Doha College so we chose to interview Ms Gillies who is new to the Mathematics Department. We asked her what her first impression of the school and students was. She replied by saying the school was

“tremendously welcoming and the students were also extremely kind and welcoming too”. DC was established in 1980 to meet the high demand for British curriculum schools education. Now, in 2017, our school has turned 37 years old! We love Doha College and wish it the very best for the many years ahead. Words by Ameera Moinuddin & Nisarga Kumuda Design by Anjaneya Suden

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DC’s Alumni -Of Persons Past and Passions Pursued: Part 1 ON HIS LAST DAY of Sixth Form, Ali Khairat flicks his white robe over his shoulder and adjusts the paper laurel wreath on his head back to a comfortable position. Today, he is not in uniform. The whole year has dressed up and he, as Head Boy, has assumed the role of Greek Emperor.

drenched in high school enjoyment.

Now, this 2011 alumnus dons a different kind of white. In New York City, he trains as an Emergency Medicine Doctor at Lincoln Medical Center. “Work is demanding. Here in the Bronx, we see around 175,000 patients a year. A large proportion As the clock nears 12 - the start of of our patients are victims of second break - he feels his pulse gang or gun violence, trauma, are quicken. Crouched outside the undocumented immigrants, or English Department, his hands begin homeless. ” to sweat. Ali now works in the third busiest The idea had sprung up several emergency department in the US, weeks ago and it was feverishly taken and he loves what he’s doing. “It is a up by the whole year group. They’d superb place to get exposure to real planted everything they’d needed emergency medicine. The experience around school. They’d smiled at each is rewarding seeing as we treat other. Now it was time. individuals who would otherwise have no access to healthcare, and we It started with a wail, a full-blooded- don’t have to turn away people in this-is-the-end war cry sending need.” everyone into a flurry. The fight broke out from there: water balloons, To students at Doha College, he says: guns, hoses, every vector capable “You are unbelievably privileged to be of wetting someone was used. The receiving the education, preparation, school was sprayed, splashed, and and opportunities you are getting at


DC. Don’t take it for granted.” THE BONFIRE IS HUGE. Bayan Dahdah stares at it, then closes her eyes. She grimaces at the ghost-flicker after-images that danced across her eyelids. India has been hard, but good. Even though her body aches, and the only feeling in her feet is pain, she is going to the country. Silver DofE is a oncein-a-lifetime experience. The fire is put out. “In the dark, I walked over the hot coals and burned the soles of my feet, to the point where I couldn’t walk.” Bayan explains. “I remember Mr Stokes and Mr Briggs helping me out; I had my feet kept in a bucket of cold water and every few hours they would go to the river and refill the bucket. I was so thankful.” Two years later, Bayan graduates from Doha College. On her shirt, there is a comment: “From burned

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feet to Head Girl.” - it’s signed D Briggs. Bayan went on to study Architecture at the University of Kent, continuing her Masters at Chelsea College of Art in London. She now works in Film Production at the Doha Film Institute.

from Mr Conly: the old Big Six and the new Big Six were to have lunch together. Soon, it became apparent the only date that worked for everyone was the 22nd of June: her 18th birthday

Now in Edinburgh, Hollie studies Veterinary Medicine Surgery at the Royal College of Veterinary Medicine. love it. The course is She sighed. Sacrifices had to be made; “Iincredibly “I look back at DC as difficult but I some of the best times am always thankful for responsibilities were responsibilities. of my life. It offered me the outstanding teaching the tools and skills that I still use “I arrived at the lunch to find it was I received at DC; it gave me the best today, whether it be in sport, art and all a big surprise for me - organised possible foundation to begin my design, and everything else. Current in secret by the head boy (Michael), university career.” students: do not over plan and think Ms Wolfe, Mr Conly and Mr Leppard. too much about the future. Enjoy It was amazing, they had got me 18 Hollie lives with her “wee” dog the present and be mindful of the ‘silly’ presents (mainly centred around Hugo. You can see pictures of him on experiences and people around you. the crazy cat lady theme!). I was so Instagram at @cockerspaniel_hugo. Enjoy it. ” overwhelmed that my DC family She asks you not to judge her. would go to so much trouble for me! Bayan runs her own photography It was one of the best birthdays I’ve Words by Zhariff Hazali and design blog. You can follow her had!” Design by Anjaneya Suden on Instagram @bayandahdah, and on her website Hollie co-created the student mentoring programme, and founded IN HER FINAL FEW weeks as Head ‘Helping Hand, Second Hand’: an Girl of DC, Hollie “Crazy Cat Lady” initiative that took clothes, shoes, Jenkins received an email. It was toys and bags to orphanages in Kathmandu.



Doha College WORDS By Annabell Vincent


Our committee aims to encourage students to use their iPads as the essential learning devices we know they can be. We encourage students to use technology to collaborate, even at home. Lastly, we want to reinforce that technology is the most efficient way to communicate with teachers and students. Our goals include getting the Digital Helpdesk up and running, and moving the student body to the Google Ecosystem. We’d like to integrate Google Drive and Firefly to make it easier for teachers to manage and share their online work with their students. Finally, to integrate the Digital Program into KS3/4, so that we have students that are excited and determined to participate in the school’s Digital Program in the future.

Our goal is “to unite the student body through the promotion, publication and documentation of school events and the everyday college experience.” We produce the DC Word, promote events by making and distributing posters around school, document events by taking photos and videos, and edit media to be circulated around school. We collaborate with all the committees to promote their events. We aim to produce 24 high-quality episodes of the DC Word and design a banner for it; to start and run an ECA for Year 5/6 students, guiding them to produce a monthly “DC Word - Primary Edition”; to create and manage a DC blog, aimed at students by students. Additionally, we’ll work with the Common Room Committee to create a special Leavers Poster. We regularly update and maintain social media accounts to improve the flow of information within the school. If you could run the school for a day, what would you do and why? Make the whole school do something memorable; something that could be filmed and go viral. A big production. We could even film a movie scene. Make everyone dress up as zombies. Play a game: everyone has nerf guns - patient zero spreads the zombie virus. Winner would get something cool. Not a Virgin voucher. A trip to Japan. Or New Zealand. Either, I don’t mind.

If you could run the school for a day, what would you do and why? Ask students to not bring in their books, paper or any such thing with them for a day, to see if we could run a completely digital day.


We organise social events to raise money for prom, leavers hoodies and leavers day. Our goals are to have the leavers hoodies organised before Christmas break, have prom at the Intercontinental again and to introduce a new event to the school, like a movie night or a winter disco. We aim to have a proper graduation ceremony in a hotel. Our main goal is to get the sixth form socialising and feeling like one big community.


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Zhariff Hazali Joshua Carr Induni Ginige

Along with Miss Jones, the House Coordinator, we help organize House Events including Sports Day, Swimming Gala, and Epic House Week. We coordinate the House Ambassadors/Captains and encourage students to get house points. We would like every DC student and teacher to be actively involved in the house system and we are doing our best to provide something for everyone – from music to language to sport. We hope the house system creates a spirit of commitment, responsibility and respect amongst all students and encourages friendship between year groups.

Armaan Chaiwalla Pranav Pradeep

If you could run the school for a day, what would you do and why? We would have music playing through the intercom all day, get everyone to come in fancy dress, and get a party started in the staff room!


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If you could run the school for a day, what would you do and why? We’d make sports facilities and training available before school starts. Hitting the gym or pool before school helps jumpstart anyone’s day, improving both focus and classroom performance – a win/win for teachers and students! Additionally, have delicious and healthy breakfast options in the cafeteria available for all students and staff. 9


very school year is always extremely busy, and the first two months of this one were no different with three huge events happening in school: The European Day of Languages on the 26th of September, Pink Day on the 19th of October and a Blind Lunch on the 11th of October. These annual events plunged students, new and old, right into the 2017-2018 academic year.


lind Lunch: Run by the Student Council, this annual event is held to raise awareness of blindness and is also in support of one the charities we’re supporting this year: Orbis. To participate in the blind lunch, those involved had to cover their eyes with a masks or scarf, and attempt to get food to their mouths - something which is so much harder when you can’t see! Staff and students alike gathered in the Library to enjoy this special lunch - a very messy activity.

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ink Day: Run by the Charities Committee, was amazing as always. Students from Year 7 to Year 13 came together to enjoy scrumptious baked goods provided by the Charities Committee, as well as members of DC Apprentice. An array of vibrant, pink clothing was seen throughout the school, worn by staff and students alike, whilst pale pink ribbons were proudly pinned to shirts and tops. Students of 8G, part of the DC Apprentice, took the initiative to sell pink slime, making nearly QR800 which they donated to breast cancer research - well done 8G! Altogether, the event raised an astonishing QR 6,898. It was awesome to see everyone working together for such an extremely important cause.


uropean Day of Languages was as competitive as always as the six houses, Griffin, Salamander, Unicorn, Roc and Phoenix and Dragon, tried their best to win as many house points as they could. There were various activities running during form time, from a language quiz for Year 8 to a scavenger hunt for Year 9. Overall, Dragon house took the title of the winner, putting them in the lead and kick starting the house competition. What a great start to the year – I wonder what the rest of it will bring…? Words by Ameera Moinuddin and Anebelle Vincent Design by Anjaneya Suden



This year’s Battle of the Bands was a musical extravaganza, with six talented student bands competing for the top spot, plus the staff band made its debut appearance performing ‘Teacher’s Pet’ from ‘The School of Rock’.


The bands taking part were The Afterthought who performed ‘Tear in my Heart’; Cold Rice who performed ‘Before he Cheats’; Double S who performed ‘Stone Cold’; IBNH who performed ‘American Idiot’;

and Puffle, who went on to win the competition, with a fabulous performance of ‘No One Knows’. Event organiser and Director of Music at DC, Steph Gomaa, had this to say about the event: “Being new to Doha College, I was blown away by the effort the students put in, together with the expertise and the talent that was displayed in our 2017 Battle of The Bands competition. I would like to give a special shout out to all of the

performers and also to the wonderful stage crew who pulled the whole event together flawlessly. Music is not just what we see on the stage, it is also the countless hours dedicated to what goes on back-stage and with sound and lighting. The bands that took part played very well and Puffle took the trophy on the day. I am looking forward to their entry into the upcoming national competition.  They were also last year’s winners and we wish them well for this year’s competition. Well done to all!”

Words By Hannah White Design by Rakshana Gopinath 12



Poetry Evening, but the best part of all was probably seeing students from all ages participating in such a big event to make an impact on the audience. Arunima: I enjoyed voicing my opinion the most, and being impactful, as well as seeing other performances, and how different people interpreted the theme of freedom in different ways. Amandi: I enjoyed watching other performances - particularly this French Poem called Ma Liberté, where the performers sang with a guitar.

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Is there anything that you struggled with? Namya: Stage fright was a bit of a challenge for me - performing in front of people is hard - but once I overcame that, it was actually quite fun. Arunima: Well, we had to speak really loudly, because there were no microphones. Amandi: It wasn’t very noticeable, but I sort of struggled with delivering two lines of the poems which we had just rehearsed last minute.


he annual Poetry Evening held at Doha College took place this year on October 11th with many students, aged between 11 and 18, participating in the event and rising to the challenge of performing a poem based on the theme of ‘Freedom’.

For example, one poem celebrated the people’s freedom after the Berlin Wall came down, while another spoke of the oppression people experience growing up and the freedom that comes with old age. The event was spell-binding; the participants recited their poems confidently and beautifully, whilst the audience listened enraptured.

Rabrindanath Tagore, who played a role in the independence of India. Namya: The poem was about India’s independence through a motivational speech.

Why did you pick this poem? Namya: We chose this poem to There were classic poems from represent our country and show famous poets such as Robert that freedom is universal across Frost, Maya Angelou and Alfred races. I’m very proud to be Indian. Lord Tennyson, as well as poems I caught up with Amandi, Arunima Arunima: Because it resonated the in different languages including and Namya, who participated as a theme freedom, but moreover was Arabic and Spanish. Some were a very impactful poem. group, to ask them to share their spoken out loud, while others experience of the evening. were sung. Each poem presented From your first poetry rehearsal freedom in its own unique way: to the end of your performance some poems took it literally, while How did your poem link to the on stage, what did you enjoy theme of freedom? others took it metaphorically, talking about freedom of the mind. Arunima: Our poem was ‘Where about your experience? Namya: I enjoyed being part of the Mind is Without Fear’ by 14

How did you feel reciting the poem? Arunima: I felt elated and proud proud to be part of such a huge event, and proud to be an Indian most of all. Namya: I felt proud of my achievements, though it was pretty scary reciting it. Amandi: It went very well and I’m proud of its delivery. Words by Aayami Jaguri Design by Anjaneya Suden


So what can we do?

An Ocean of Trouble


id you know that at least 8 million tonnes of plastic enters our oceans every year? Or that by 2050 it is predicted that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish? Scary statistics… As members of the DC Eco School Committee, it is our duty to maintain and improve our school community’s actions to protect the environment, and to remain eco-friendly. We also aim to raise awareness of global environmental issues which is why we are holding an Ocean Awareness Month, this month, January 2018. Single use plastic (water bottles, disposable cups, cutlery, bags, food wrapping, etc.) are becoming more and more of a modern convenience. How many times this school year have you already thrown away a bottle bought from the tuck shop, or a cup from a


into perspective, the country of Qatar is 11, 571 sq km! Almost 80% of ‘the patch’ is made up of plastic products as we fail to reduce our consumption of these materials. water cooler? You may be surprised to learn, however, that every single piece of plastic that you’ve ever used in your lifetime - and thrown away - is still here on this planet somewhere today. Assuming that animals haven’t tried to consume it of course, confusing it for food. There have been multiple occurrences of marine animals eating plastic; it is the main reason for such a large decrease in the global fish population, and it is estimated that approx. 100,000 marine creatures a year die from plastic pollution. However, these are the numbers of animals that are found; thousands more remain unrecorded.

Research shows that 50% of sea turtles are eating plastic and dying as a result at an unprecedented rate; sea lions are frequently found entangled in plastic debris resulting in either severe infection or death; and sea birds such as the albatross, together with mammals such as whales, are dying in huge numbers because they have ingested some kind of plastic debris. One of the most severe cases recorded was a 10m (32.8 ft) sperm whale found dead on the coast of Spain in March 2013. An autopsy discovered that the whale’s stomach

contained over 17kg (37lbs) of greenhouse supplies (including sheeting, rope, and flower pots) that had been discarded into the Mediterranean Sea. In fact, whilst many countries’ coastlines convey some evidence of plastic pollution, much of it is evident far out at sea, away from – but created by - human society. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (also known as the Pacific trash vortex) is a vast area of floating human debris in the North Pacific Ocean that is estimated to be between 700,000 sq km and 15,000,000 sq km. Just to put that

Plastic pollution is not only impacting our planet’s water and marine life, but also the human food chain and our overall health. Some of you might not consider the population decrease of fish to be an issue, but you should be worried about the amount of plastic that you and your family could be consuming every day! Scientists at Ghent University in Belgium recently calculated that shellfish lovers are eating up to 11,000 plastic fragments in their seafood each year and this is just in Europe. As plastic becomes part of the fish food chain, humans are also consuming a terrifying amount of plastic due to our fish consumption.

To counter this predicament the Eco School Committee has created Ocean Awareness Month during which we will be delivering PHSE assemblies to students, holding ‘A Plastic Ocean’ movie night (a documentary about plastic pollution), having a plastic free day where using disposable plastic will be banned, organising a trip for a beach clean-up, kayaking in the Mangroves to recognise World Wetlands Day and so much more. However, although the Eco Committee are raising awareness of this issue, it is only effective if people like you stop and think about your own contributions to plastic waste and start taking action to prevent it. For example, you could use your own re-usable water bottle for school, bring cutlery from home if needed for your lunch, say no to plastic straws when eating out, and encourage your parents to buy and use reusable shopping bags for groceries. Small steps taken now can have a big impact on the future health of our oceans, our wildlife and our own species. Words by Aimen Mirza and Hana Habib Design by Natalie Georghiadou 17

GLOBALISATION Of the world’s 7.6 billion population, the USA and Europe alone use 84% of the world’s total energy, while the combined populations of India, China, Brazil and a few other countries only use 15%. Now, with an increasing depletion of energy, metals, coal, nonfuel and non-metallic materials, the shortage of natural resources is a matter of international concern. One of the central causes to natural resource depletion is human activity, especially because it relates to economic growth. Given the rise of the world population, humans are becoming more and more reliant on food production for daily nutritional needs which, in turn, is causing serious stress to agricultural land and the environment – this is commonly known as Globalisation. Some effects of natural resource depletion are loss of biodiversity and ozone layer depletion. Any steps you can take to reduce energy consumption in your home, will help to reduce your carbon footprint and save natural resources. 18

Loss of Biodiversity: Biodiversity is defined as the variety of living species on Earth – plants, animals and microorganisms – and the ecosystems they form. Deforestation, global warming, overpopulation and pollution are few of the major causes of loss of biodiversity.

‘‘Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.’’ Conservation of global biodiversity is important to sustaining human life. Humans depend on the healthy functionality of other life forms to sustain food growth, water resources and a healthy environment. However, a key reason for the decrease in biodiversity is overexploitation of natural resources by man through activities such as over hunting, over fishing, over mining, and excessive logging. Now, you may be wondering what effect the loss of biodiversity has on us - humans. Well, here are some world changing events

that could happen when biodiversity crumbles. Topping the list, of course, is money. In terms of ecosystem services—functions like pollination, irrigation, soil reclamation and other things that would have to be paid for if nature couldn’t take care of it on its own - the value of global biodiversity has been estimated in the trillions. The loss of biodiversity also has significant impacts on human health and the spread of disease. Ozone layer depletion: This ‘phenomenon’ has been working behind the scenes, slowly feeding the ever growing and more publicised monster: Global Warming. The ozone layer is responsible for protecting earth from harmful ultraviolet rays. However, the presence of chlorofluorocarbons and hydro chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the atmosphere is causing the ozone layer to deplete, allowing harmful radiation to come back to the earth. Again though, humans are to blame. CFCs are produced by humans and used in many applications such as the coils in refrigerators,

anaesthetics, aerosols, fire-fighting equipment and the manufacturing process for materials such as styrofoam. Ozone layer depletion harms plant life, marine life and, ultimately, human life. There are many ways we can stop ozone layer depletion, the most obvious one is suppressing the cause: CFC’s. All of these environmental calamities heading towards us can be stopped. If we all take action to combat these upcoming catastrophes we will not endanger both the wildlife around us, and our own human race. Henry Ford once said, ‘Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.’ Take note please reader: our future generations and our fate lies in the hands of the present residents of planet Earth, and that means each and every one of us.

And Its Impact Ways to stop ozone depletion:

- Limit or reduce the amount of driving through car sharing, taking public transport, walking and using a bicycle. Or invest in a hybrid or electric zero-emission car. - Use eco-friendly and natural cleaning products for household chores - a lot of supermarkets and health stores sell cleaning products that are toxic-free and made out of natural ingredients. - Use natural remedies rather than chemical pesticides for weeding your garden.


Conserve energy by:

- Unplugging appliances and turning off lights when not being used - Using programmable thermostats, and swapping old appliances for modern energyefficientones - Adding insulation and seal openings in your home to reduce the use of heating. - Using energy efficient light bulbs (if every household in the United States replaced five incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent ones, it would create a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the emissions produced by 10 million cars, according to the National Forest Foundation).

To participate in biodiversity conservation:

- Where possible, eliminate threats to, and maintain natural areas, where at risk species live. - Leave critical wildlife habitat undisturbed, especially nesting and denning sites. - Promote wildlife use by setting up bird and bat houses. - Leave native plants undisturbed, and landscape using native trees and vegetation. - Attract “good” insects by planting pollen and nectar plants. - Maintain wetlands by conserving water consumption

Words by Shrivishnu Ramachandran Design by Lulwa AlNasser


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he US and North Korea have always maintained a tense relationship, but ever since US president Donald Trump assumed office, the tension seems to have increased. Is it a coincidence that from the minute Trump became president, the conflict increased? Probably not. During the Korean War of the 1950s, the USA dropped over 635,000 tonnes of bombs in Korea - excluding the 32,557 tonnes of napalm. The North suffered great damage due to these extensive bombings. To this

day, North Korea blames the US for their current situation. “AntiAmericanism is an ideological tool of the government,” states Peter Ward, a North Korea researcher affiliated with the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, in Seoul, highlighting that the conflict isn’t a new occurrence and they’ve been on bitter terms for a very long time. The fact that the leaders of the USA and North Korea (Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un respectively) are men who are very much open to


resorting to nuclear weapons if necessary doesn’t really improve the situation. So, as one would think, as soon as Trump became President, relations between the two nations quickly went downhill - more so than they already were. It all began on 6th March 2017 when North Korea launched four missiles into the Sea of Japan which threatened Japan, consequently threatening America as they were allies. Two months later, in May 2017, North Korea launched yet another set of missiles for testing. This time it was a new type of intermediate-range ballistic missiles that have the power to carry ‘a large size heavy nuclear warhead’ that was capable of reaching the United States. In response to this, Trump repeatedly threatened to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea - which was a very undiplomatic move to say the least. However, Trump also said that he’d be ‘honoured’ to meet Kim Jong-un – not making the situation any easier as it seems like the second comment was only made to ‘fix’ his previous mistake. Relations between them don’t seem to be improving in any way; both countries seem to be


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Down Over Nuclear Conflict

intent on showing their military strength and neither of them wants to back down. In April 2017, the US dropped the most powerful non-nuclear weapon in Afghanistan which was meant to target ISIS. However, it was clearly used to show off their military might. Shortly after, North Korea showed off their new missiles and weapons during the annual parade in Pyongyang. Due to North Korea’s many test launches, in June 2017 the UN decided to take action by unanimously voting to impose sanctions that would target the nuclear and missile programs of the country. North Korea, however, was not affected by this and fired four anti-ship missiles near the Korean Peninsula a few days later. In July 2017, North Korea carried out two more test launches: the first, on July 4th, was the first successful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) able to reach anywhere in

the world, and the second one was at the end of July. Some experts are now warning that the missile could be capable of striking the U.S. As a result, the UN took further action by unanimously deciding, again, to enforce sanctions upon North Korea in retaliation for their repeated testing of nuclear missiles. This didn’t ease the tension at all if anything, it made it worse: two days later, North Korea released a statement, reported in The Wall Street Journal, saying they were ‘willing to use nuclear weapons on the US if Washington does anything to aggravate a response’.

This situation is still ongoing and there are no signs of there being a peaceful agreement between the two countries any time soon. In fact, the US Secretary of Defence said that the increasing nuclear threat has brought about ‘a new urgency to military and diplomatic cooperation with South Korea’. Clearly, the situation isn’t improving as the US is now planning to join forces with South Korea which may further increase the tension between North Korea and the US. Words by Fariha Iqbal Design by Matthieu Heynes

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Eliminating Discrimination When Rosa Parks stood her ground, and refused to leave her seat, the fight for equality raged. When Martin Luther King gave a speech about his dreams for the future, people applauded his strength to fight for minority and ethnic rights, and supported him when there were many who wanted to strike him down. When women stood strong, demanding the right to vote, they had all odds pitted against them, yet they persevered. Since the nineteenth century, race relations and equal rights have changed greatly, yet economics shows that even with our advancements in laws for equal rights and privileges, ethnic minority groups, as well as women, face serious discrimination in the workplace and out in the world.

Dr Nancy Krieger, an internationally recognised social epidemiologist, has conducted research which discovered there is an internalised response to unfair treatment. Those who do not report racial and gender discrimination in the workplace, may develop risk factors for high blood pressure; this was proven mostly for black women. Krieger’s research seems to suggest that discrimination leads to an unstable lifestyle, which can produce health problems. Recently, the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement has had much to protest about, due to the deaths of many black Americans as a result of police brutality. Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), which The Guardian reported as being one of the largest police unions in the United States, with a history of defending violence and racism. The FOP has been unwilling to reprimand officers who have killed innocent black people, which makes life difficult for the black community. So many have spoken out about their fears that this begs the question as to when this

discrimination will finally be abolished. Sexism and racism are not the only forms of discrimination; today, religion also proves to be a great obstacle. Currently, there seems to be a type of prejudice that exists amongst many aimed at the religious beliefs of those around them. With the rise of Daesh (more commonly known as ISIS), the idea that people who worship the Islamic faith are terrorists, has embedded itself in the minds of some. This has led to dangerous acts of violence: in London, acid was thrown onto two

people, leaving them scarred and traumatised. These acts have been increasing ever since the Daesh attacks in Paris, London, and Manchester. The media can also be an outlet for discrimination, with its ability to highlight certain news over others. During 2016 and 2017, there were various attacks and bombings in places such as Libya, Istanbul, Syria, Yemen, and Iraq; however, the Daesh attacks of Belgium, France, and the UK, were the ones given the most coverage within the mass media. Another example is the labels applied by those who commit crimes: people of certain races of religions are frequently referred to as “inhumane”, “monsters”, who perform “acts of terrorism”, yet others are sometimes called “confused”, “misguided”, or “mentally ill”. So, now we can begin to question what the media shares with the world, and whether or not this inherent bias is harming the progress that is trying to be made during this period of history to eliminate discrimination around the world.

Words by Keyona Fazli Design by Matthieu Heynes




GLORIOUS June 5th 2017- the day Qatar transformed. Truthfully, Qatar is currently at its best and a blockade imposed by neighbouring countries to interfere with the country’s policies and community has, instead, boosted them. The siege has, in fact, made Qatar stronger, and nothing proves this more than our solidarity as a nation – both nationals and expats. One look to your left and, ten times out of ten, you’ll spot a ‘Tamim the glorious’ billboard or sticker; a look to your right and you’ll find a dozen more. They’re everywhere, from cars to skyscrapers, and I for one am proudly sporting one on every single device I own. It’s amazing actually, that the now iconic image has even spread beyond Qatari borders to places all around the world, like India, England and Turkey. Even citizens of the blockading countries have shown their support for Qatar through many trending hashtags in Arabic, one for example translates directly to “our gulf is one”. We all know that His Highness the Emir is a man of outstanding attributes, and he is the reason behind our strength as a state, but how much do you actually know about him? Well, he’s not much different to many of us. He was born on June 3rd, 1980, making him 37 years old and the youngest current sovereign in the world. He started his early education at Doha English Speaking School (DESS), and continued on to secondary school at Doha College: the very school you attend today. As a


matter of fact, Madame Mechmech, current staff member and Modern Foreign Languages teacher, was one of his teachers back in 1992! In her own words, he was “very bright, motivated and very clever, and it’s not because he’s Sheikh Tamim - I’ve always said it.” Lucky her, imagine being the Emir’s teacher!

He was “very bright, motivated and very clever, and it’s not because he’s Sheikh Tamim I’ve always said it.”

Championships and, of course, the 2022 FIFA World Cup. As a current Doha College student, I was lucky enough to actually meet His Highness the Emir recently and it truly was the happiest and most memorable moment of my life. (Aside from the fact that I was shaking and my heart was racing at about three hundred beats per second!) He even posed for a selfie with me! His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani has shown me, and our entire nation, what a real leader looks and acts like; he has continued to smile through the betrayal of our neighbouring nations and to put the needs of his people at the heart of his policies and practice. Sheikh Tamim, you are indeed glorious.

Words & design by Lulwa AlNasser

Later, His Highness the Emir sat his A-Level examinations at Harrow School in England, in 1997, before attending and graduating from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He became the heir apparent in 2003 and succeeded to his current position as the Qatar’s ruler on 25th June 2013. Prior to this, he held a number of the country’s key roles including deputy commander-inchief of the armed forces, chairman of the Supreme Education Council and head of the Qatar Investment Authority. Under his guidance, Qatar has also won the right to host prestigious sporting events such as the 2014 FINA Swimming World




round 1.3 billion years ago, in a far corner of the universe, two of the densest and destructive forces known to nature collided with each other. This collision of black holes unleashed a huge clap of gravity which grew faint by the time it reached the Earth. In 2015, scientists from an organisation called LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory) announced that they had detected these faint waves as they slid through the earth. In October 2017, the efforts of this decades-long project - involving thousands of scientists around the globe - to record gravitational waves for the first time ever, was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics. A Nobel can only go to a maximum of three laureates, however, and was thus awarded to physicists Rainer Weiss (professor at MIT), Kip Thorne and Barry Barish (professors at Caltech). The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which awards the Nobel Prizes, said that Weiss, Thorne, and Barish deserved the award specifically “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves”. What are gravitational waves? When super dense objects, such as black holes or leftover neutron


stars, come together, they spin around each other rapidly before joining to make one incredibly dense object. This creates enormous ripples in the fabric of space-time, i.e. gravitational waves, which travel outward and eventually reach Earth; by this time the waves have greatly faded, and can only detected by extremely sensitive instruments such as the ones LIGO possesses. It was in the 1970s, that Weiss and Thorne dreamed up the initial idea to detect gravitational waves. Weiss introduced the idea of using mile-long lasers as a way to detect the waves on Earth, a fundamental concept used in the LIGO detectors and the reason for which he was awarded one-half of the nine-million Swedish Krona prize while Thorne and Barish split the second half. Their work also confirms Einstein’s theory of general relativity, which dominates our understanding of gravity. In it, Einstein argued that every object in the universe warps space and time around it and, when moved, creates ripples in this space-time. However, physicists have long speculated that the theory isn’t complete, as it doesn’t agree with the laws of quantum mechanics. Gravitational waves could help physicists put general relativity to harder tests to see where it fails.

In detecting these gravitational waves, not only has LIGO confirmed past theories, but they have created a basis for future research by launching a whole new branch of science - gravitational wave astronomy. With this new field of astronomy, we will most probably be able learn how common it is for black holes to orbit each other. In fact, before the announcement, no scientist had observational proof that two black holes could orbit each other at all. This breakthrough helps us extend the frontiers of knowledge in understanding our universe. With this research, we can discover new neutron stars, and other celestial objects, by detecting new sources of gravity. It could even possibly help us see further back in time to the early universe by listening in on the gravitational waves emanating from that time, and gain a better understanding of how our universe was formed. It may even help us answer one of physics’ greatest questions: the origin of dark matter. Words by Ashima Mugibur Raghman Design by Ashraf Gafoor


words will not be fully understood. There are a couple of software applications that can help patients enhance their focus and their ability to retain memory. “Lumosity” is such an application – it includes a set of challenging scientific games to improve memory and stimulate the brain. The puzzles may include “spot the difference”, memory games, color matching and more exercises where people are required to pay attention to the smallest of details. These games help with speed, memory, attention, flexibility, and problem solving skills.

Unlocking The Brain: Coping With Alzheimer's


lzheimer’s Disease, more commonly known as AD, is an irreversible and progressive neurological brain disease and disorder that slowly destroys memory. The disorder generally occurs when people reach their mid 60s, but can also occur due to genetics. Dr. Alois Alzheimer discovered this disease when a woman, Auguste Deter, died in 1906 because of an unknown mental illness which caused brain tissue damage, language and speech difficulties, and unpredictable behavior. Fast forward 112 years later, and the world still has yet to find a cure


As Alzheimer’s gradually becomes worse over time, sufferers begin to experience many different mood swings. Other main symptoms include memory loss, especially with recently learnt information. As the disease becomes worse, the

person will no longer remember family members and their names, and may also forget the purpose of simple household items such as forks, knives, etc. Depression is another key symptom that occurs during the mid-stages of Alzheimer’s. Furthermore, patients may also feel very isolated in the world and may attempt to commit suicide. One of the symptoms of later stages of AD is the inability to communicate as the parietal and the temporal lobes fail to do their job. Other symptoms can include seizures and skin infections. Despite the great deal of research conducted by doctors and neuroscientists into finding a cure for Alzheimer’s, there isn’t a complete cure ,or even any treatment available to slow down the process of Alzheimer’s… yet. Doctors have proposed alternative

methods to help patients to cope with the disease. One of these methods is listening to music, known as Music Therapy. Singing along to the lyrics of a happy song can sometimes help patients to cope with the disease. When singing along to the lyrics, the patient’s mouth is under control while the music helps the brain to stop thinking about the disease. As one of the later symptoms of Alzheimer’s is the loss of movement below the hips and (especially near the feet and toes), playing or listening to an instrument with a soft sound (such as the piano) can get patients dancing or at least tapping their toes. This is because the motor and visual portions are working together to understand the melody and rhythm of the instrument.

When Alzheimer’s Disease begins to get even worse, patients will begin to experience depression. “Personal Zen” is a game designed to help and cope with this; it involves animated characters running through a grassy field. One of the characters is happy while the other one is depressed. As the characters run, players are given a series of very difficult logic questions and tremendously difficult conundrums. The aim of this game is to think about the world in a positive perspective rather than a negative viewpoint to cope with this disease. It’s unfortunate that the medical community has not yet been able to find an absolute cure, since the discovery of the disease in 1906. However, music is not enough However, research does show to slow down the process and that medicine has come a long this is where technology plays way in understanding how and an important role. There are two why Alzheimer’s progresses in the core applications scientists and universities around the world have brain. While a cure is hopefully not too far away, there are a variety come up with to help slow down of ways for patients and their the process of AD. family members to cope with the challenges of this disease and help Alzheimer’s results in the loss of to prevent its onset. a patient’s ability to pay attention to small and fine details. When Words by Rayaan Siddiqui listening to an important lecture, Design by Anjaneya Suden smaller details are very easily forgotten. Small but important 29


Are WE a

Sims Game? People are always coming up with theories to answer one of the questions we all think about: how did we come to be? While ‘The Big Bang Theory’ is the most popular, the more interesting theory is ‘The Simulation Hypothesis’. The Simulation Hypothesis states that everything is the product of computer coding. Perhaps an advanced coding created by an otherworldly-being to simulate an artificial world. Now, it may sound crazy, but bear with me for a moment! The evidence aiming to prove that this theory could be true is what makes it interesting - and believable.


Dr. James Gates Jr. is an American theoretical physicist who studies one of the important equations that may help find answers to the universe: the String Theory. String Theory tries to put the four forces present in the universe - the strong nuclear force, the weak nuclear force, the electromagnetic force, and gravity - together into one unified theory. Now, you may be thinking; how is the String Theory related to the Simulation Hypothesis? To answer that question, the String Theory has an important alternative name: The Theory of Everything. While Gates was exploring this theory,

he came across something interesting: computer coding. Through the String Theory, Gates found computer coding in the quantum particles that make up the universe that we live in. This was not any type of computer coding, he found error detection/ correction codes which were first invented on Earth by Claude Shannon in the 1940’s. This raised some questions. Why does nature have this? What errors does it need to correct? The second piece of evidence lies in how fast human beings are evolving with technology. If

you went back not too many years into the past and told someone that you had a small, pocket size device that lets you play games, call, send messages, and meet people around the world, chances are they’d think you’d gone insane. Elon Musk, a famous inventor and the founder and CEO of SpaceX, said “Forty years ago, we had Pong – two rectangles and a dot. That’s where we were. Now, 40 years later, we have photorealistic, 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously and it’s getting better every year. And soon we’ll have virtual reality; we’ll have augmented reality. If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality.” Time has changed. We live in a world our ancestors never thought could exist; we are the proof of the impossible being possible. Who’s to say that we can’t be a virtual simulation when we ourselves are creating something very similar?

More pieces of evidence can be found all around us. The cosmos for example, is expanding more and more every day, but we don’t know what exactly the universe is expanding into. You cannot generate something from nothing, but software can create the illusion. On Earth, there are no acceptable explanations for phenomena such as crop circles, Stonehenge, and the Bermuda Triangle. One might even argue that they are special effects created through the use of software. Even the atoms that make up everything around us, including ourselves, hold evidence. It is claimed that an atom is 99.99% empty space, yet we hold the belief that there is no such thing as empty space. Something cannot exist from nothing at all. That’s why it might make more sense to claim (in regard to the hypothesis) that every proton, neutron, and electron are the digits that make up computer programmes.

Arguments about idealism versus materialism still occur to this day. Idealists believe that everything in this world is abstract, something unreal and non-existent. Materialists, on the other hand, rebut that idea, stating instead that everything around us is concrete and exists. The people who believe in the solidness of the world cannot prove that idealists are wrong, and the people who believe everything is abstract cannot prove that materialists are wrong. Is it possible for the universe to work so perfectly, without mistakes? The simple answer is that we don’t know. Anything could be real; the possibilities are endless, and The Simulation Hypothesis is only one of the many possibilities that has a chance of being true. Words by Ramsha Nasir Design by Amin Arabo


What Would You Do?

We’re confident that we know how we’d handle the majority of difficult social situations. Sometimes, it is a product of our hubris powered youthfulness, about how much we’ve learned. Then, as we get a little older, we can’t even imagine that such a line of thinking was even plausible. Time is a funny thing! Are your thoughts trapped in the past; frozen in the present or projected into future opportunities? Do you plan ahead for endlessly impending ‘possibilities’ or do you clutch old possessions and rekindle photograph memories to dictate your current behaviour? Who’s the dreamer here? The one reaching for something that might never be, or the one reaching for something that’s never coming back? Some of us call ourselves ‘shy’ in public. However, in the company of people who make us feel we can be ourselves without judgement, ridicule, or the need to be defensive - we suddenly shed the skin of bashfulness. We might not even recognise our own words or behaviour. How can we call ourselves ‘shy’, if our behaviour is situation specific? Do we ever really know ourselves? Everything we learn and are taught throughout our lives can mould us into a ‘champion of good’. Helping people everywhere in both our personal and professional lives. However, are you only as good as the world allows you to be? Only able to be ‘yourself ’ within the rules and boundaries of the social melting pot you find yourself cooking in? How much do we really know about ourselves? We swing back and forth - in marvel and disgust - at the actions of TV characters such as Cersei Lannister, Frank Underwood, Yvonne ‘Vee’ Parker and Negan. The things they are capable of doing, we could never be the same… could we?

When we’re happy, we think we know ourselves pretty well and what we are capable of, until fear, anger and sadness show up unannounced at our front door. We could be surrounded by a house made of mirrors and not recognise the face staring back. Some of you know exactly what I’m talking about, having lived through traumatic life experiences, where nothing is real but perception. Others, have been more fortunate in avoiding such trauma thus far. So, it is understandable that theoretical questions can be difficult to imagine or even seem pointless. Nevertheless, when it comes to human behaviour, anything is possible. Imagine this ‘impossible’ scenario: after an accident, (precariously perched over a cliff), in each hand you hold one parent. You love them both equally - if that is possible. You do not have the strength to pull them both up; however, you will not let them both fall either. For a moment, you contemplate sacrificing yourself with them; believing this to be a selfless act – but it is more selfish than you can imagine. Perception is reality remember. There is no such thing as an altruistic act. We all know the moral decision to make here. But this isn’t a moral situation. It’s personal. And, no matter what anybody says, it is all about you and your decisions. Are you evil and selfish for your decision, or are you a hero? Is it possible to even say what you will do if don’t know yourself? Can you say you will never be the hero if your qualities haven’t been put to the test? Do you know yourself or do you just think you do? Words By Martyn Stewart Design by Rakshana Gopinath

Have you ever found yourself in a situation doing something you never imagined yourself capable of? Something that disrupted your personal value and belief structure, so much, that you were fundamentally changed forever – and there’s no going back?

If you haven’t experienced a situation like this yet, the chances are the moment is coming. And you have no idea which part of ‘who we assume we are’ that it will target. We live a life of social interaction through education, our relationships, friendships, and our grievances - we’re an easy target. You think you know yourself? You have no clue! Dr Philip Zimbardo, who attended the ASPIRE Psychology Conference at Doha College in October 2017, is a master of coercing yourself to ask this very question. The entire career of Dr Philip Zimbardo encapsulates all of these questions and more. From his research into shyness; how good people turn evil; the time paradox; why boys are failing in school; to the most infamous study ever conducted into human social behaviour: the Stanford Prison experiment.



n o i t c e fl e R a Life is

By Zaina Shouman

Life is a reflection; we get what we see Never so deceptive; but we hate to believe Money is the fuel to greed; but we drive to increase So desperate to escape, to be released. A prisoner to the life we cannot reach But we

Long for the chance to be freed, Try to be something you’re not; Image distorted, ego inflated, and roots forgot. My face is unfamiliar Mirrors showing me something I’m not. My eyes do not meet the welcome of my smile, My smile does not greet the inspection of my eyes, I’ve waited a long time, quite a prolonged while actually For a knock at the door – happiness’s arrival His departure left bullet holes in my supplier My heart To my lungs he took all air and to mind he took all care. His departure long ago left justice unfed, unfair And unattended to Happiness is on its way, I say, But it seems it’s taking its time So, for now it belongs to another soul that is not mine I am guilty to think I can steal another’s For happiness is not mobile It is stationary. I am stationary. Still Paused Frozen in heated frost Unable to fight But that is the most painful of agony The type you just have to wait through.

Breakout Artists of Hip Hop & R&B in 2017

Poetry competition: Interested in seeing your poem in print in our next edition of Majlis? Then get writing! The Majlis is running a competition for all young and aspiring poets from Years 7 – 13. All poems should be based around the theme of freedom and should be no more than 35 lines long. All entries should be clearly titled with your name, form and title of poem. Send your entries to our editor at Winning entries for KS3, KS4 and KS5 will be selected for publication in our spring edition and all winners will receive a prize. Design by Nurul Hannah Abdullah



In the early 2010s, the general consensus was that Hip-Hop was a dying genre: the culture had lost its message and depth, and no longer had an independent style, instead adopting the styles and cultures of Pop and R&B. However, with the emergence of artists who are taking the genre into new directions, the whole world is talking about the wild yet revolutionary music that is taking the world, and the music industry, by storm. These artists have taken part in the resurgence of hip-hop and have made 2017 the year in which many have become a household name - whether we like it or not.


Cardi B


The first artist to name, and possibly the biggest right now, Cardi B’s meteoric rise to fame has been described as the millennial manifestation of the American dream. Her hot single released in the summer, ‘Bodak Yellow’, has topped the Billboard 100 chart and stayed there for multiple weeks, consequently breaking the record as the longest run on the top by a solo female rapper in history. Her story - of being a reality star and dancer and becoming the famous chart-topping rapper she is today - is inspiring. Her endearing and extroverted personality on the radio and in interviews plays a major part in her fame, with the majority of the community, including fellow rappers, rooting for her success. Soon to release her album, which will determine her long-term future in the industry, all eyes are on Cardi B. And as she continues on making her voice (and moves) well known, her haters are nowhere to be found.

SZA is one of the biggest names in R&B right now along with stars such as Bryson Tiller, Maroon 5 and even Chris Brown. The twenty three year old New Jersey born and Muslim raised singer popped onto the scene with her debut album, ‘Ctrl’ which, achieving 60,000 sales, debuted at No.3 on the Billboard 200. Since then, she has only gained more attention as her interviews show the creative intellectual side to producing her album, where she details every line and creates an exploratory concept; one which has had the world renowned hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar praising the work as ‘a masterpiece’. In this modern era of hip hop, it is refreshing to see an artist take such time and thought into developing their album. It is safe to say, SZA is one of the names in this article you will definitely be hearing for a long time in the future.



The mind and voice behind the critically acclaimed ‘American Teen’ debut album that took the top 10 of the Billboard 200, Khalid is a fresh and welcome face in the R&B genre. His gentle and mellifluous voice brings soul and youthful innocence into a genre that has been missing it for a while, and has earned him comparisons to Frank Ocean and the Weekend, while his lyrics and concepts resonate with the youth of his generation. The 18-year-old has gained a lovable reputation as an artist thoroughly devoted to his fans and continues to grow support through music and social media. Khalid is on the rise, being awarded the VMA’s Artist to Watch award and getting praise across the music industry – we can only watch in anticipation for what he’s working on next.

One of the most controversial figures hip hop has seen in a while, XXXTentacion has grown a massive fan base in the past year. His hit single, ‘Look at Me!’ broke onto the Billboard Top 100 Charts and since then, he has starred on the cover of the XXL Freshman Class of 2017, and released his debut album ‘17’ which achieved over 80,000 sales in its first week! Despite his success, controversy surrounds his name, not only because of his outlandish eye-raising antics, but also because he has been arrested three times on charges of violence and theft. Despite this, XXXTentacion has a die-hard fan base and is one of the most popular artists among youth today. Whether you like it or not, he looks to be the figurehead for the new wave of hip hop coming in right now.

While there are many more artists who have ‘stepped up’ their game this year, these are the biggest four to make themselves known in the music industry and who are looking to take their music to further heights in the coming years. It is safe to say, that the Hip-Hop community can rest easy knowing that there are artists who are taking the genre in a pioneering direction, while making Hip-Hop and R&B the popping genres they once were. Honourable Mentions: Lil Pump, KYLE, NAV, J.I.D, Ski Mask the Slump God, Amine, Daniel Caesar Words & design by Amin Arabo



Clash Royale is the new action-packed game by world-renowned company SuperCell - the company behind many popular and profitable games such as Clash of Clans and Boom Beach. The game delivers excellent strategy-planning, as well as opportunities to show quick-thinking skills. Using different decks, and experimenting with different cards, makes the game never-ending and addictive. With fast-paced fighting and lightning-fast thinking, the game requires mastery and effort. Talent alone is not enough to achieve the highest honors among its gaming community. Rated editor’s choice by Apple in 2016, this game is a must have for any serious gamer or technology owner.

The Decline

Of Pop

The game’s main units are called cards. A player earns cards by collecting and unlocking chests. Using these cards, you must build a ‘deck’, which you then use to attack other players. One of the key aspects of the game is its community and high multiplayer aspect. You can play with people around the world, or form a ‘clan’ for you and your allies to play with, donating resources to each other, and challenging others. Each card will use a certain amount of a substance, called elixir, of which there is a maximum amount you can store. Success in battles earns elixir, which will pile up if you do not deploy cards. In the last minute of the battle, elixir production is doubled. A victory results in chests filled with bonuses and gold. Words by Haashir Mughal. Design by Ashraf Gafoor.

When playing, the top three cards you want to get are:


Lumberjack Rarity: Legendary Elixir Cost: Four The lumberjack is swift, attacks quickly, does great damage and also gives the rage effect when he dies.




Lava hound Rarity: Legendary Elixir Cost: Seven The lava hound is a great tank and is one of the few cards that has sub-troops.

Inferno dragon Rarity: Legendary Elixir Cost: Four This is an extremely powerful card that can cause havoc if it reaches the crown towers.

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“God, how I wish I was born in that era; I don’t know how we call today’s noise music!”

popularity on the internet. Before, you had to make an album and show to the world, and the music industry, that you deserved to be listened to; you had to have talent – talent that had a shelf life of more than two weeks.

5 from earlier. Their album “Songs about Jane”, had six technical staff on it: producers, people that mastered the music, and “I’m thankful I got to experience technicians. Compare that to “V”, the great age of so and so, their later album, which has over everyone today listens to trash.” TWENTY-SIX technical staff from production to song writing These are some of the comments A key example of modern pop are - illustrating this problem. The you can see under videos of artists such as the Chainsmokers. music has stopped being what the great, but old, pieces of music They use the same flow, the band or its members want it to be. that everyone loves. If you check same style, a similar tune, and They’ve stopped being the primary videos of music from the top of the meaningless lyrics, and yet they directive and creative force behind charts however, these comments get sold. Why..? Because their their music, instead allowing are nowhere to be seen. When music is great to “bop” your head people who know the most about songs such as “Look What You to. It’s great for parties. And when making money direct where the Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift, and it comes to charting, that stuff music needs to go. “What Lovers Do” by Maroon 5 blows up. If anyone asked you to top today’s charts, viewers may sing one of their songs out loud From here we also see another wonder to themselves “what went right now, you probably couldn’t problem – artists no longer writing wrong? And why would anyone even start. Compare that to artists their own music. With many like these horrendous imitations of such as Michael Jackson, whose choosing to use ghost-writers, or art?” mere name has you belting out employing songwriters, fans have his anthems. An artist like Jackson lost an essential connection with Some people could argue that endured because he was different. the artist; that of the personal even back in the 80s, people He was original without being out experience. Before, music was made bad music, and that the of place, unique, and massively about a shared experience, a music counted as ‘classic’ today talented. He changed his style story that no matter who you were, is only the most loved music from and his tunes between every you could understand, all without the era. It’s true, bad music has song, and even though there losing what made it personal and always existed, but back in the are songs where the lyrics are individual. The biggest problem 80s, people didn’t have online repetitive, a lot of his work carries with the pop genre nowadays is music services such as Spotify, deeper meaning and thought; and the loss of that. Music has now and iTunes. For music to reach all without sacrificing that party become mass-produced, to every listeners, it had to be advertised, element. single person’s liking and artists receive enough radio air play and have chosen to give up that be sold through stores. Nowadays, Another key element of the personal connection for the mass if you make a great party song, decline in pop music has been effect. you can release it as a single and the pursuit of money, and the make money out of it quickly due decline of the individual artistic to the speed at which music gains touch. For example, take Maroon


“Music has now become massproduced, to every single person’s liking and artists have chosen to give up that personal connection for the mass effect” So what are we supposed to do? To all the music fans out there, I give one solid piece of advice: give up on the pop genre and pick another one. Because, until new artists come out that possess both talent and the integrity to keep hold of their unique selling points, you won’t find good pop music. Words by Mohamed Ali Design by Amin Arabo





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ports require a high level of skill and mental ability. When the younger generation first develops an interest in becoming athletes they look up to professionals in the most popular sports: Cristiano Ronaldo in football, Kobe Bryant in basketball, Tiger Woods in golf, Jochen Pfeiffer in combat juggling and thousands more legendary names in various sports. Through this admiration, they are motivated to build their skill, physical strength, speed and endurance in their chosen sport – whether that be a ‘mainstream’ one such as football, or something a little more ‘unknown’ like combat juggling. Today, there are plenty of unknown and underrated sports that may not even be considered to be ‘sports’ in the public eye. In the case of combat juggling, this is - without a shadow of a doubt - well deserving of the label ‘sport’. You, however, may be wondering what exactly combat juggling is. What you’re probably picturing in your mind is a bunch of clowns hitting each other with various types of juggling equipment, or even people juggling knives at each other with the winner surpassing DEATH!

As exciting - and extremely dangerous - as that sounds, combat juggling does not require clowns or knives! What it does require is an immense amount of concentration and skill. To participate in the sport, you need to be capable of juggling three clubs, whilst attacking and destroying the opponent’s ability to juggle. This is accomplished by throwing your own club in the air and using the other two to knock out your opponents airborne clubs, or by simply snatching one of theirs. Sound easy enough? Nope! Not only that, but you also have to concentrate on constantly juggling your three clubs, while studying your opponent’s technique and predicting their next move so that you can determine what your next move should be…and so forth. All in all, you need to be exceptionally comfortable with juggling clubs, a skill which often takes many years of practice, before you can actually participate in even amateur combat juggling. So, if this sounds like something you might be keen to get involved in, you best get practising now. You never know, you could be another Jochen Pfeiffer in the making!




In recent years, esports have taken the world by storm - from small communities of games like Super Smash, to stadium filling games like League of Legends. With all this growth, the community has received a lot of criticism from the media, claiming that “esports are not real sports”. Many people believe that esports cater to a small community, yet the numbers suggest otherwise. In 2013, ABC network broadcast the NBA finals and received 26.3 million viewers. In that same year, Twitch streamed the League of Legends World finals and received 32 million. The game reached this monumental number in its third year as a competitive esport and it has continued to grow, reaching 36 million viewers in the finals in 2015, and a staggering 64 million in the quarterfinals in 2017. Despite this data, many people are still not convinced, but an increasing number of major companies are. A large amount of funding has gone


towards esports teams, from some very big companies. One such example is Samsung who funded ‘Samsung White’ – a Korean League of Legends team who won the 2014 World Championship in League of legends. After that, more gaming companies such as Razer, and even non-gaming companies, such as Coco-Cola and Gillette, started funding teams.

seconds. Esport players work hard, spending up to 18 hours practising, going through old matches with the team and working on teamplay. Players spend up to 5 days a week doing this, with the remaining 2 days spent playing in matches. A big issue when it comes to convincing people that esports are sports, is that for many people they feel too new, too foreign. The fact of the matter is, traditional sports and esports are far more similar than people believe them to be. Both have their underdogto-champion stories, both have that one team that can’t be beat, both have their players who practice hard to be at the top of their game.

However, there are those who still believe that sports have to involve physical effort, and end with the players exhausted and beaten to a pulp, to be considered a sport. The high that comes with pushing your physical boundaries adds to the idea of ‘sport’. Some people think this is what separates ‘sports’ from ‘esports’. This may come as a surprise, but iwalla esport players need to be in peak a Yla h A C L physical form, with many n BU A aa top players having rm INE M A reaction times y s b PAUL as low as d 0.4 wor n by






ear Reader, Everybody in the world has failed at some point in their lives. That might be scoring poorly on an exam, missing a deadline or not fulfilling a role. Failure is, inarguably, an important part of the human condition, but it is all too often brushed under the carpet and stigmatised. In some ways, failure exists to help us to begin to see things in a different way; to either learn from our mistakes or to learn that our mistakes weren’t mistakes at all. In the immortal words of Captain Picard: “It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness; that is life”.

When I didn’t do as well as I had hoped to in my exams last year, despite revising as much as I could, I felt that I had failed; realising I would no longer be able to apply to one of the universities I really wanted to attend only doubled that feeling. However, as I researched universities with different entry requirements, I began to gain a sense of freedom; I no longer had to push myself to achieve the absolute top grades as I knew I could still go to a good university and, most importantly, do what I want to do with my life. Failure is, all too often, not actually failure at all. When things don’t go the way we want them too, we often find ourselves taking paths in life that we had not previously ever intended to take, and this can be an extremely positive thing. Last year, The Majlis ran an article on successful people who had all failed at the start of their careers, who had then gone on to change the world. School may sometimes feel like it is the most important aspect of our lives, and we may feel pressure from parents or teachers to do well and not fail, but, in reality, the people who succeed in life are the people who are resilient, and who have the ability to make the best of the situation they are in. They are the people who do not become demotivated, but who are able to look at what they have done and work out where they can improve. They are life’s true success stories. So next time you fail, think about why it mattered to you. Think about what you can do to make things better. And think about what possibilities your failure might bring to you.

Elisabeth Checketts,

Editor of The Majlis magazine

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