Priti Patel’s Asylum Reform: What will come of it?

by Viviana Biasco   Photograph by Julie Ricard on Unsplash In response to the UK’s asylum process, which many refer to as an “embarrassing failure,”  Home Secretary Priti Patel is putting forward a new proposal to deal with the issue of asylum and migration in the UK. If Patel’s plan is held up, we would be…

The Case of Alexei Navalny

by Beth Cosgrove In 2011, anti-Kremlin activist Alexei Navalny nicknamed the ruling United Russia party the Party of Crooks and Thieves and has since continued to redefine electoral competition throughout the country. He has become a prominent figure in the fight against Putin, with last month’s events demonstrating his growing influence in the difficult world…

The Future of Protests: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

by Beth Pritchett Edward Colston, empty pedestal by Caitlin Hobbs (licensed under CC BY 3.0)  To say this has been an eventful week for the police would be an understatement.   Questions over police power have been circling prominently since the Black Lives Matter demonstrations last year. It must be acknowledged that within communities of colour, these conversations have been happening for years. However, these discussions must be continued…

When foreign investors control domestic policies

How trade deals allow private sector interests to hinder development by Léa Brette In December 2019, the Netherlands passed legislation to shut down all coal-fired power plants by 2030. The adopted law supports the Netherlands’ commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 49% in 2030 and 95% in 2050, based-off its 1990 levels. However, far from…

We come together in advocacy for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to return to the UK

by Viviana Biasco Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s daughter, Gabriella, outside the Iranian Embassy in London last week Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA on The Times  Who is Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe?  Zaghari-Ratcliffe is a dual British and Iranian citizen, who, prior to her arrest, lived in London alongside her husband, Richard Radcliffe, and daughter Gabriella. She worked as a project manager for the charity Thomson Reuters…

Ugandan Elections

By Yousef Abu-Ghazaleh The year is 1986, Uganda has seen been at civil war for 6 years. By the time the dust has settled, 500,000 people are dead, and at the helm of the country is a new leader, risen from the National Resistance Army: Yoweri Museveni. 35 years later, on the 14th of January…

Is Anti-Zionism the same as Anti-Semitism?

Skye Graham-Welton Increasingly, Jews are worried about rising anti-Semitism from both the white nationalist right and from the anti-Israel left. In addition to anti-Semitic conspiracy theories being promulgated on the far-right, on the left, many are speaking out against Israel and their human rights violations. Newly elected members of Congress on the left are speaking…

Ooga-Booga Journalism: The problem with Western media’s portrayal of Africa

Sophie-Jo Gavin The media is the lens through which we view the world, endowed with the power to curate our perceptions of other regions and influence political decision-making. This is particularly evidenced by the case of Africa, whose portrayal in Western media frequently lacks the depth of coverage of other regions, rendering its image restricted…

The Darker Side of Peacekeeping: the UN and Sexual Abuse

Emma Faverio The United Nations as a supranational institution that seeks to promote and maintain peace globally is the UN we are accustomed to thinking about. Currently, its peacekeeping forces are actively deployed across the world in 14 different operations, in order to ensure that post-conflict countries achieve full stability. However, there is another side…

The Prisoner Voting Debate

Zoe Bodinetz The debate on prisoners’ right to vote is a longstanding issue with clear sides. The UK in particular has long been in conflict with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg over its current blanket ban on prisoner votes. The UK’s view on disenfranchisement is undeniably outdated, being based on the Forfeiture…

Understanding Sexual Violence in Contemporary Warfare

Natalie Chu A war is being raged on the bodies of men, women and children. In regions of intense armed conflict, massive civilian populations uprooted from their homes are experiencing sexual violence on an unimaginable scale. In August 2014, the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) captured thousands of Yazidis when their forces…