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LGBTQIA+ Opinion Piece Politics Social Justice

LGBTQ Rights in Poland: An Update on the Situation by a Polish Queer

The anti-LGBT zones remain firmly established across the country, with an attempt made by the EU to refuse funding under the twinning programme to 6 cities enforcing the anti-LGBT sentiment. While the funding is not going to come from the EU, it is going to come from within the government’s Justice Fund as promised by Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro. An equivalent of just over £50,000 of government funding is being used as a statement: they will not back down. Their priority is unwavering, as they continue to support and propel the bigotry of its citizens.

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Human Rights Politics Social Justice Uyghur

The Urumqi Massacre and the Subsequent Genocide – My Story As a British Uyghur

In school, we learn about Nazi Germany and the Holocaust – we are constantly reminded of its importance so that history does not repeat itself. I look back at the lessons and think about the irony: we are already facing a second Holocaust.

I am Uyghur. Throughout my life when people asked me where I was from and I said East Turkistan, I was met with confusion. “Did you mean Pakistan?” They would ask. “Is that like Turkey and Pakistan combined together?” I don’t blame them – you can’t find East Turkistan on the map because it’s not an independent country yet; however, this does not mean that it does not exist

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Social Justice Gender Politics

Jineology 101 – The Fascinating Intersection of Kurdish Nationalism and Feminism

Kurdish women have an active role in politics as a Kurdish Women’s Movement emerged and developed within the nationalist liberation struggle for an independent socialist Kurdistan and continues to drive this struggle towards an autonomous, democratic nation.

Jineology is neither a form of feminism, nor is it an alternative to feminism. It is an epistemological process which centres women – it challenges knowledge and ways of ‘knowing’ as a patriarchal concept.

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Palestine Politics Social Justice

The State of Israel and the Annexation of the West Bank

While it may come as no surprise to you that this annexation, which officially began on the 1st of July 2020 but has since been revealed to be delayed until late July, is extremely bad news for the Palestinian populace, it may also come to be a surprise that this move is also politically bad for Israel, but before we can delve into why this may be an ill-thought out move on behalf of the Israeli nationalists, it is important to take a look at what the annexation actually means.

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Social Justice Politics

It’s Time to Talk About the Libyan Slave Trade

In the wake of the CNN film recording slave auctions in Libya, there has been a rightful surge in alarm of the thousands of Africans suffering in dehumanising detention centres. After years of failed diplomacy and solitary support, it looks like the world is ready to talk about the humanitarian crisis in Libya.

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Black Lives Matter Education History Politics Social Justice

A Brief History of the Civil Rights Movement in the UK

What do you think of when you hear the words ‘Civil Rights Movement’? Probably Martin Luther King Jr’s civil rights marches? The Montgomery Bus Boycotts and Rosa Parks? I would guess that what you think of – and what you have learnt at school – took place in the United States. Robin Bunce and Paul Field’s biography of Darcus Howe argues that in the history we learn in the UK, the narrative is that “Britain is the utopia of fair play” and therefore the civil rights struggle in the UK are dismissed in the school curriculum as it does not fit into this vision.

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Politics History Opinion Piece

God Save the Queen, or God Save the People?

Though many of us can easily recall names of famous sovereigns, their policies, their wives even, a new order is bubbling. We’ve seen the way empires have risen, fallen, how religion has been twisted and moulded to fit ideals. Should the continued existence of such an archaic institution really be the representative of our so called democracy?

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Yemen Politics Social Justice

11 Things You Need to Know Regarding the Yemen Conflict

Yemen has been devastated by war and is suffering the worst humanitarian crisis in history. Here is a short timeline of events to help you understand the conflict, its consequences, and what you can do to help.

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History Politics Social Justice

Winston Churchill: Saviour or Satan?

Following the toppling of the statue of Edward Colston in Bristol, Churchill has been at the centre of debates highlighting divisions over his legacy. Several historical accounts demonstrate his racist ideology which makes a compelling case that it may finally be the time we have a reckoning with the problematic history of popular figures in Britain.

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Gender Black Lives Matter Politics

Why We Should All Read Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” To Learn More About Gender and Race

Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ is the inspirational story of how a working-class girl from the South Side of Chicago came to have such an influence in US politics. Although some may think that her influence came from the sheer luck of marrying the man who would become President of the United States, this would, in fact, be taking away the credit from a strong-minded woman who hoped to make a change to the world years before meeting her future husband.