Current Events

The Refugee Olympic Team sets an example of what UK refugee policy could look like

2 August 2021 Yusra Mardini and her co-athletes represent the potential and possibility of a society where refugees are included and empowered to be a part of their adopted homes. It shows how they can transcend their traumatic past and boasts of the potential they can fulfil if given the opportunity to do so. Shamefully, UK policy towards refugees does not reflect that.

Whose responsibility are returning family members of IS-fighters?

16 August 2020 The case of Shamima Begum, the teenager from London who left to join IS in Syria in 2015, made headlines again whilst fighting the decision to strip her of her British nationality. How do the UK courts and the British government approach individuals wishing to return to the UK after having left for Syria? And how does that compare to the rest of Europe?

The geographic lottery: My experience visiting a detention centre

19 September 2019 The same week Toni Morrison passed away, I visited an Immigration Removal Centre (IRC), otherwise known as a detention centre, for the first time.

Netanyahu Never Dies (but should he?)

4 January 2019 2018 was, as the Guardian put it, “the year of the autocrat”. No country or continent was safe from populist men concerned with nothing but advancing their own personal interests. In Brazil, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro promises to fight crime, put an end to corruption and in short, give the Brazilian people order. The irony of these promises must be lost on the newly-elected President as Viktor Orbán and Evo Morales from Hungary and the US, respectively, were joined by Benjamin Netanyahu for his inauguration in Rio de Janeiro last week.

From Hillary to QM PalSoc: Controversial emails & media bias

19 October 2018 On November 14th, an article appeared on The Print’s website. It described the events that unfolded on the 10th of November, when the Friends of Palestine Society’s email was hacked, and a provocative, anti-Palestine message was sent out to its members, causing significant (political) disruption on our campus.

Why it could happen here

3 June 2020 After the death of George Floyd, highlighting the racism and unfairness engrained in the American justice system is important, but it is easy to judge what happens abroad without looking inward. The reality is that Britain is not innocent when it comes to institutional racism or police brutality – far from.

Why Politicians Shouldn’t Tweet

13 February 2019 Scrolling through my Twitter feed, I can’t help but wonder why politicians play right into the faults and dangers of social media. Of course, Twitter enables politicians to interact directly with their constituents, and that should be utilised for the benefit of democracy. It should not, however, be seen as a platform to spurge one’s personal opinions as Trump has incessantly continued doing in the two years since taking office. 

Getting Used to War

17 November 2018 When the electricity in the UK goes off (in the rare moments that this happens in “developed” countries), you point out how unusual it is, you wait it out, and if it’s taking too long, you check Twitter to make sure you’re not under attack. In countries that exist in perpetual conflict – internal and external, armed or unarmed – this nonchalance is extended to crises like favelas, famine, and even bomb alerts.

Has the world gone mad? Kavanaugh and other obscenities

7 October 2018 For the purpose of his nomination, it doesn’t matter if Bret Kavanaugh actually sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford or not. It is irrelevant when, or to what extent (whatever that may mean), or whether standards have changed since then, or whether boys will be boys, or whether there’s a political motivation behind the allegations. A Supreme Court Judge’s record sheet must be 100% clean, beyond the shadow of a doubt, and that’s that.