The f word and the oh-so dirty truth

“Does my feminism make you uncomfortable? Great, I’ll shout louder”: Augusta explains, why the f word shouldn’t compel people recoil into a shell of isolation, but should be celebrated. The f word. A dirty word. A divisive non-issue, if you would believe the rhetoric espoused by some. But in a year where the funding of…

Friday special: A 2016 video diary

A while back we promised you a video recapping the oddity that was 2016… that was a work in progress. From video exchange crises to dastardly long upload times: the journey to uploading was a long one coming. But thankfully it’s here! The video you’re about to watch was filmed by Tracy Achonowa, blogger at…

The Truth about Ukraine

Guest Contributor and Ukrainian Native Anna Tarasenko writes this telling and controversial piece on the falsities of the Ukrainian reality from her perspective…. As early as 5 years ago, responses to “I am from Ukraine”, would usually see me hear things like: “That’s part of Russia, right?” Ukraine as a country was unknown, despite gaining its independence some 25…

Who am I? The identity crisis

Annie Komarova reflects on her struggles with identity since leaving Ukraine in 2008 ‘Hey, you must be so excited to be going home tomorrow!’ I said enthusiastically as I stepped into Anna’s bedroom. She was returning home after a long first term at university. I could tell she was ready to go, she’d been talking…

“Dying with dignity?” Sorry, not if you’re poor

Health Editor, Hannah Overton, sheds light on an unjust end of life disparity…     My Grandmother was diagnosed with cancer on a Saturday. By the Monday, her husband’s birthday, she lay in a private room in Bristol’s Southmead hospital, begging God to end her life. For us, her family, watching her in agony was…

Situation in Syria: an internationally orchestrated crisis?

It is clear that the International Community has failed the Syrian people, but Omar wonders which part of the ‘International Community’ is most to blame? Another year has passed, and the situation in Syria remains critical. The worst refugee crisis since the second World War, the skyrocketing number of war crimes and human rights violations by…

Trapped in Iran: 275 days and counting

Anne Blanken, our Women’s Editor, launches our ‘2016: A Year in Reflection’ series as she recounts one of the most outrageous detentions of 2016… British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe has fallen victim to an intricate and extended political ploy that has seen her human rights tested, abused, and disrespected. On April 3rd she was arbitrarily detained by…

Are you willing to #OpenToSyria?

Amnesty International has begun the campaign #OpenToSyria, in the hope that we can encourage governments to offer resettlement to some of the 3.8 million Syrian refugees currently residing in Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, Jordan and Egypt.  These refugees are failing to receive the care they desperately need. Amnesty has put a human face onto this crisis,…

Sri Lanka: a buried legacy of human rights abuse?

Sri Lanka. As an island of rich cultural magnetism and spectacular natural beauty, it is no surprise that this country thrives as a tourist destination. In recent years, the government has begun to welcome in visitors to its stunning, once off-limits northern shores and beaches for the first time. But these areas of astounding beauty…