Some Days are for Hope

Image by E.J Wolfson on Unsplash Written by Jack McGrath Yesterday, the 25th of September 2021, the Hazara community and their friends commemorated all those who were murdered, sold into slavery, and brutalised during the 1890-1893 Hazara genocide which was perpetrated by the then emir of Afghanistan Abdur Rahman Khan. It is a genocide thatContinue reading “Some Days are for Hope”

Illegal, Dangerous, and Discriminatory

A tweet by California’s Governor Newsom. Over the past five years, there has been a growing case against the use of lethal injections under the death penalty. In 2014, Clayton Lockett’s case garnered international attention for his execution that lasted 1 hour and 44 minutes from the time he was strapped onto the gurney toContinue reading “Illegal, Dangerous, and Discriminatory”

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?”

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”

Crystal Mason: A Case Study in Electoral Fraud Sentencing, Voter Suppression and Racism

Crystal Mason. Source: Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram In 2011, Crystal Mason, an Afro-American woman from Fort Worth, Texas, was charged and plead guilty to tax fraud and was sentenced to three years in federal prison. On 8 November 2016, while still on probation, Mason went to her local polling station to vote in the ClintonContinue reading “Crystal Mason: A Case Study in Electoral Fraud Sentencing, Voter Suppression and Racism”

Why We Won’t Stop Fighting: Hope in the Form of Men like Recent Nobel Prize Winner Denis Mukwege

Reasons to keep marching on after the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Doctor Mukwege, a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Source: The Right Livelihood Award On 6 October 2018, the United States Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacant position left on the United States Supreme Court by the retirement ofContinue reading “Why We Won’t Stop Fighting: Hope in the Form of Men like Recent Nobel Prize Winner Denis Mukwege”

The crossroads of controversy: Hannah Arendt’s coining of the term ‘the banality of evil’?

Over fifty years ago, the philosopher Hannah Arendt witnessed the end of the trial of the notorious Nazi Adolf Eichmann, who was one of the key figures behind the Final Solution. Hannah Arendt had been chosen by the New Yorker to cover the Eichmann Trial in 1961, which then evolved later into the book ‘EichmannContinue reading “The crossroads of controversy: Hannah Arendt’s coining of the term ‘the banality of evil’?”

The crossroads of controversy: Hannah Arendt’s coining of the term 'the banality of evil'?

Over fifty years ago, the philosopher Hannah Arendt witnessed the end of the trial of the notorious Nazi Adolf Eichmann, who was one of the key figures behind the Final Solution. Hannah Arendt had been chosen by the New Yorker to cover the Eichmann Trial in 1961, which then evolved later into the book ‘EichmannContinue reading “The crossroads of controversy: Hannah Arendt’s coining of the term 'the banality of evil'?”

America First, Human Rights Too

The past few weeks have highlighted an important issue: the United States’ enforcement of border security, in particular its separation of children from their parents. The United States has a responsibility to pursue its citizens’ interests, but traumatizing children, whether they are Americans or not, is not a legitimate means to do so. Putting AmericanContinue reading “America First, Human Rights Too”

A Democratic but Self-Interested, Abusive Spain? A History of Catalan Repression and Spanish Conserv

“Riot police have clashed with voters and smashed their way into a polling station as an illegal independence referendum begins in Catalonia,” reported Marc Stone from Sky News. Last week’s excessive brutality and heavy-handed approach to crack down on participants in the referendum was an outrage for Spanish parliamentary democracy. The violation of the ruleContinue reading “A Democratic but Self-Interested, Abusive Spain? A History of Catalan Repression and Spanish Conserv”