The Tenuous Relationship between Laïcité and Islam in France

Image By Ji-Elle – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,  Written by Ella Watharow France is home to over 5 million Muslims, which is the largest Islamic minority in Europe. It also has a uniquely strict policy of secularism, referred to as “laïcité”. Drenched in centuries of conflict, the policy has highlighted the friction between publicContinue reading “The Tenuous Relationship between Laïcité and Islam in France”

Far-Right Nationalism and the Persecution of Minorities

Photo by Quino Al on Unsplash By Teia Swan Over the past several years, the world has witnessed what can best be described as a global shift towards far-right nationalism, characterized by the otherization of minority groups such as immigrants, women, and LGBTQ+ people. These ideologies have become prominent in nations such as the United States and Brazil,Continue reading “Far-Right Nationalism and the Persecution of Minorities”

The Future of Assisted Suicide in the UK

Image taken from Flikr By Ella Watharow You may have heard of the tragic case of Tony Nicklinson, who was left with Locked-In Syndrome following a stroke in 2005, when his life became a “living nightmare”. In 2012, the High Court rejected Tony’s appeal to legally end his life, at which point he began toContinue reading “The Future of Assisted Suicide in the UK”

The Women of Belarus taking a stand against “Europe’s Last Dictator”

Written by Pippa Davis With the Western News cycle dominated by fears of postal vote rigging in the upcoming US presidential election, the electoral fraud transpiring across the Atlantic is being largely overlooked by the global community. Belarus, a land locked country of 9.5 million, is caught geographically and politically between Russia and the restContinue reading “The Women of Belarus taking a stand against “Europe’s Last Dictator””

Protests against the LGBTQI Pride procession in Sarajevo cast a long shadow over Balkan integration

People protesting in Sarajevo after initial proposal for parade was rejected in 2017. Photo accssed via BBC . Before crowds could march through Sarajevo in Bosnia’s first ever LGBTQI Pride procession on 8 September 2019, they would be outnumbered by series of pre-protests across the city. One such protest, calling itself the “Day of theContinue reading “Protests against the LGBTQI Pride procession in Sarajevo cast a long shadow over Balkan integration”

Police brutality, expulsion and music – containing protest in Russia

Rally for the right to vote in Moscow on August 10th 2019. Source: Sergey Leschina, via Wikimedia Commons. The summer of 2019 in Russia stood in stark contrast with last year’s flourish and excitement surrounding the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It was a summer marked by marked by violence and widespread political discontent. In theContinue reading “Police brutality, expulsion and music – containing protest in Russia”

Exile in the Modern Age: The Case of Shamima Begum

Shamina Begum in 2015, courtesy of PA via BBC News In 2015, at the age of 15, the second-generation Bethnal Green local was radicalised and coaxed into abandoning her home to travel to Syria and join the Islamic State. Within two weeks she was married to 23-year-old Dutch convert, Yago Riedijk. Over the coming yearsContinue reading “Exile in the Modern Age: The Case of Shamima Begum”

Können wir den Wohltätigkeitsorganisationen noch vertrauen?

This is a translation of Nitya Agarwal’s article Can we still trust charities? To read a Chinese translation of her article,followthis link. Als menschliche Wesen legen wir großen Wert auf Eigenschaften, die uns qualifizieren gute Menschen zu sein. Einige der wichtigsten Kriterien sind, die Großzügigkeit und das Mitgefühl. Um diese Eigenschaften zu erreichen, sind LeuteContinue reading “Können wir den Wohltätigkeitsorganisationen noch vertrauen?”

40 years after legalised abortion, Italian women face restrictions on access to abortion

On 4 October 2018, a motion to declare Verona a ‘pro-life city’ was approved by the city council. Motion 434, which was proposed by Alberto Zelger of the Lega Nord party, calls for public funding for pro-life groups and for campaigns to encourage pregnant women to consider adoption over abortion. The vote was met withContinue reading “40 years after legalised abortion, Italian women face restrictions on access to abortion”

Homelessness, Rights, and Dignity

Source: Wikimedia Commons ‘In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets, and steal loaves of bread.’ – Anatole France, Le Lys Rouge Human beings are embodied creatures, and as such every aspect of our lives is tied in some way to physical space. EvenContinue reading “Homelessness, Rights, and Dignity”