“The Mother of the Revolution” Visits St Andrews

Tawakkol Karman is a Yemeni journalist, human rights activist, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. On Monday 25 September, the Lafayette Club hosted Karman at Hotel du Vin, where she addressed the origins of the ongoing crisis in Yemen. Some quotations have been edited for clarity. Photography by Maddy Bazil for Lightbox, provided courtesy of theContinue reading ““The Mother of the Revolution” Visits St Andrews”

Human Rights and Business: The Corporate Accountability Paradox

Imagine if, one day, your local water supply suddenly started turning an acidic yellow colour. This is currently the case in the rivers near Zambia’s Copperbelt region. Fish are dying and the people are suffering. In 2015, toxic contamination from the London-based mining giant Vedanta Resources’ copper refinery reached such severe levels that the peopleContinue reading “Human Rights and Business: The Corporate Accountability Paradox”

The Right to Higher Education

Since the 1980s, the cost of higher education has risen sharply, with severe consequences for students and society in general. While in the past paying the equivalent of $10,000 was possible for most, paying off student debt has become a lifelong process. It has now reached crippling levels, to the point where people in theirContinue reading “The Right to Higher Education”

The Human Cost of Chinese Growth

On the 17th of March 2003, police in Guangzhou stopped Sun Zhigang, a migrant worker from Hubei Province and graduate of Wuhan University of Science and Technology, and detained him because he hid not have a temporary residence permit. He was not released, but was transferred to a holding centre for ‘vagrants’ (无业游民), and threeContinue reading “The Human Cost of Chinese Growth”