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The housing crisis: radical solutions

12 Jan , 2017  

The NHS crisis is not the only humanitarian tragedy facing Britain in 2017. There is also the housing crisis. Rough sleepers face potential malnutrition and hypothermia as well as physical and verbal abuse. It’s no wonder the average life expectancy for a resident of the Gaza Strip is more than twenty years greater than rough sleepers […]

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All music genres are guilty of sexism, not just hip hop

11 Jan , 2017  

Most people who like hip hop or rap will have to endure the “but why? It’s so sexist” conversations.  This will usually be followed by a message about how degrading some of the lyrics and videos are with a disparaging eye roll.   This has happened recently with many right wing Trump supporters using hip […]

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UK position on Trump is pathetic but not surprising

11 Jan , 2017  

Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the United States President next weekend. A man with openly facist politics is about to become one of the most powerful political leaders in the world. Trump, let us not forget, is a man who said “grab them by the pussy”, is a known Nazi sympathiser and someone with […]

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The myth of the oppressed white man

9 Jan , 2017  

In recent years there has been a backlash against so called identity politics, with many white commentators (typically male) accusing people of colour, women, members of the LGBTQ community, etc, of being divisive, because they dared to highlight how their lives were more difficult by virtue of the fact that they weren’t white men. As a […]

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Ronda Rousey transcended a sport that has now left her behind

2 Jan , 2017  

Ronda Rousey made her much anticipated return to the Octagon on Friday night, over a year after she dropped by a vicious head kick, relinquishing her Bantamweight crown to Holly Holm. Prior to this Rousey seemed invincible, tearing through the UFC’s bantamweight division one arm-bar at a time. Yet all of that changed in November 2015 […]

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Illegal Israeli settlements, UN Security Council resolutions and the USA

30 Dec , 2016  

Last Friday’s decision by the US not to veto a UN Security Council resolution calling for Israel to respect international law and thus stop illegal settlement building in East Jerusalem and the West Bank has had many diplomatic, political and cultural consequences. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told New Zealand’s foreign minister that the […]

Demonstrators from the Black Lives Matter movement march through the streets of central London on July 10, 2016, during a demonstration against the killing of black men by police in the US. Police arrested scores of people in demonstrations overnight Saturday to Sunday in several US cities, as racial tensions simmer over the killing of black men by police. / AFP / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS        (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

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The death and strange rebirth of so-called Identity Politics

29 Dec , 2016  

One of the major themes of 2016 has been a backlash against the perceived rise in “identity politics”. Loosely speaking identity politics is (according to a quick google search): “A tendency for people of a particular religion, race, social background, etc., to form exclusive political alliances, moving away from traditional broad-based party politics.” Those on […]

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Trump and Brexit in context: Was 2016 so uniquely bad?

27 Dec , 2016  

This year, 2016, has been derided by many as an awful year after Brexit, Donald Trump’s victory and the deaths of major cultural icons such as Prince, Muhammed Ali, George Michael and, dare I say it, Harambe. Unsurprisingly a lot of people will be glad to see the back of this year and move onto […]

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We are all white supremacists (some more than others)

23 Dec , 2016  

The term white supremacist has been banded about a lot in recent months, in particular since the rise of President-elect Donald Trump, a man supported by the Klu Klux Klan (an overt, unapologetic white supremacist organisation) and in direct association with the so-called alt-right. Prior to this obvious upturn in far-right politics, such movements was seen as […]

Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, walk amidst the debris following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held neighbourhood of Sukkari in the northern city of Aleppo on June 3, 2016. Regime air strikes killed dozens of civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo and nearby areas as the UN Security Council prepared to discuss emergency aid drops to besieged areas. / AFP / THAER MOHAMMED        (Photo credit should read THAER MOHAMMED/AFP/Getty Images)

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Aleppo: Our lives should matter regardless of who bombs us (part two)

21 Dec , 2016  

The way in which the White Helmets (the Syria Civil Defence whose volunteers act as first responders in the war) are neglected by the international community – despite just missing out on a Nobel Peace Prize after a massive global campaign on their behalf – is perhaps the clearest example of how distorted our perspective has become. […]