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Lifestyle Environment Opinion Piece Social Justice

Pushing Sustainable Fashion and Classism

In recent years, society has become increasingly more concerned with climate change and how we often absentmindedly harm the environment in our day to day lives. Therefore, steps have been made to reduce our carbon footprint; one of which being sustainable fashion. Considering approximately 3,000 litres of water is needed to produce one cotton shirt, it is evident as to why people have become increasingly more conscious of the impact of buying brand new clothes; the rise of apps like Depop and Vinted, which allow users to sell old and unwanted clothes, reflects this progression.

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Social Justice Opinion Piece Personal Development

Volunteering and Activism: Doing Good or Feeling Good?

Since the very moment modern society came into fruition, activism has come hand in hand with its much uglier sibling – performative activism. Performative activism is best described as someone who feigns involvement in a greater movement in order to present a fallacy of concern for marginalised communities, with no clear goal in sight apart from virtue-signalling and ego-boosting.

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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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LGBTQIA+ Film Opinion Piece

8 Excellent LGBTQIA+ Films You Must Watch

Presently there has been a greater emphasis on the representation of the LGBTQIA+ community across the entertainment industry. The increasing visibility has led to an increased acceptance and tolerance in society and it has helped those in the community seek comfort as they see themselves represented on screen.

*Disclaimer: this article is spoiler-free and I do share my subjective opinion*

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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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Social Justice Opinion Piece

The Problem With ‘Cancel Culture’

In a time of socio-economic and political upheaval when accountability is valued by young people above all else, it’s easy to get caught up in the rush of ostracising and condemning those we see as wrongdoers. But amongst the blur of the #XIsOverParty hashtags and blacklisting, is it possible to find the line and self reflect on our transformation into narrow-minded moral absolutists? Do we always have the correct motive in mind? And is the lawlessness of social media responses opening the conversation to bigots who crave a way to invalidate the fight for social justice?

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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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Social Justice Covid-19

COVID-19 and Clothing Brands: Pandemic Leads to Surge in Modern Slavery

The notion that corporate accountability and workplace safeguarding have become standard practice is deeply fallacious. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has unveiled the empty promises made by brands claiming to protect the well-being of their employees and exposed corporations’ willingness to engage in poor business practices during periods of economic hardship.