The ‘Beautiful Game’ Turns Ugly: The Qatar World Cup Represents a Microcosm of Problems in Modern Football

The 2022 World Cup has gotten underway with an atmosphere unlike any tournament which has come before it. While this sentence would usually indicate an electric atmosphere and unrivaled enthusiasm, this time things are different: for many, the appalling human rights record of the host nation, Qatar, is the only thing on their minds…

Providing Help or Hindering Recovery? Exposing the Dark Side of Britain’s Psychiatric Facilities

Throughout September and October, Instagram is full of posts addressing ‘Suicide Prevention Awareness Month’ or ‘World Mental Health Awareness Day’. While it is positive that resources are being shared and conversations are spawning, it isn’t enough. Throughout history, society has failed those struggling with their mental health by using them for ‘entertainment’ or locking them up and throwing away the key. Unfortunately, this still happens in the 21st century Britain…

Confronting the UK’s Human Trafficking Crisis

Photo by Hermes Rivera on Unspash  By Anna Videbaek Smith Bilkisu was only 15 when she left her homeland of Nigeria behind. She had read of England, of course, but had never dared believe that she could one day trek the hilly fields of Hertfordshire like an Austenian heroine. Then a phone call from herContinue reading “Confronting the UK’s Human Trafficking Crisis”

Polite protest: fundamental rights, the British way

Image by Markus Spiske on Unsplash By Maya Zealey “Democracy is not something that you believe in, or something that you hang your hat on. It’s something that you do, you participate. Without participation, democracy crumbles and fails.” This is a quote from Abbie Hoffman, a controversial activist who rose to prominence protesting America’s involvementContinue reading “Polite protest: fundamental rights, the British way”

Waiting to Drown: The Living Crisis

Photography by Tom Parsons on Unsplash.  By Jack McGrath  Despite apparently infinite sleaze and deceit, the ‘Great’ British government somehow slouches on, its thin veneer of shame sufficient to stave off collapse. (Each week that veneer takes a slightly different form – one-week complete disregard, another week half-hearted apology, and, in yet another, it nearlyContinue reading “Waiting to Drown: The Living Crisis”

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”

Food Poverty at Home This Christmas

Photo by 🇨🇭 Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash By Louise Palmer Christmas is a time for giving, celebrating, and appreciating loved ones. It is also the time of year which highlights the inequality in our society more starkly than any other. Over this festive period thousands of Scots will face the struggle of foodContinue reading “Food Poverty at Home This Christmas”

Opinion: “Hollow words and empty promises” from our university.

Written by Keith Minami To put it bluntly, the University of St Andrews’s response to the recent global reckoning regarding systemic racism has been pathetic. The fact that we have heard little from those who hold positions of power within the university is not only shocking, but shows a blatant disregard for the well-being ofContinue reading “Opinion: “Hollow words and empty promises” from our university.”

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?”

Can we still trust charities?

As human beings, we place high social value on what qualifies us to be good people, some of the most prominent criteria being generosity and kindness. In especially privileged regions of the world, people are eager to engage with charities as a way to achieve these characteristics, but do the organisations we support really fulfilContinue reading “Can we still trust charities?”