Music that makes you think

Editor In Chief, Augusta Senenssie, sheds light on a topic close to hear heart: music. In this week’s Culture piece, she shares 5 of her favourite artists who each have powerful messages to share… So, I love music. More importantly, I love ‘music that makes me think’ and feel and understand things about the world that…

Why I joined the Women’s March on London…

The Women’s March was a powerful statement of non-compliance and protest against an incoming administration, and the stagnant position of women in general, The Amnesty spoke to some amazing activists who expressed their motivations for marching too… Last week, I wrote a rather damning assessment on the future and face of the Feminist movement. I particularly…

The Cultured Activist: Malian music edition

In 2012, three groups of Islamist militia seized the northern two-thirds of Mali and imposed the most strict interpretation of Sharia Law and a destructively warped version of Islam. During the occupation, which lasted for over a year, the extremists waged war against the region’s moderate Islam and its rich cultural tradition. Mosques, mausoleums and other holy sites in…

Fairphone, a phone for change

 How a small Dutch company could be changing the smartphone industry for the better. Since September the Amnesty International Society at UCL has been campaigning to raise awareness about the presence of conflict minerals in our smartphones. A few weeks ago one of our blog posts called attention to shocking practices in Apple’s manufacturing process,…

The Zero Dark Thirty Controversy – Have We ‘Normalized’ Torture?

The recent release of Kathryn Bigelow’s film Zero Dark Thirty has sparked a lot of controversy, due to its graphic depiction of the torture of terrorism detainees by CIA agents in the years following 9/11.  Questions have arisen as to whether it is in some way ‘normalising’ such terrible acts (which are now known to…