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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.

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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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Social Justice LGBTQIA+ Literature

Should I Burn My Harry Potter Books?

JK Rowling’s transphobic comments contrast starkly with the moral of the story which made her famous. Despite claiming to have researched the transgender movement thoroughly, Rowling’s 3600 word delivery of her views fundamentally misunderstands many facets of trans thought. From the dirty furore that ensued, old questions about how to reconcile creative appreciation with immoral creators arose.

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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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Black Lives Matter Social Justice

Black Lives Matter is a Movement, not a Moment.

Following the brutal murder of George Floyd, yet another African American man’s death as a result of police brutality, the injustices of the centuries-long lynching of black men in America are no longer concealed or hidden from the public eye. With the power of social media, people around the world from Auckland in New Zealand, to Mogadishu in Somalia, are standing in solidarity with the protestors in the US to ensure that the message is clear: Black Lives Matter.

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LGBTQIA+ Social Justice

Poland’s LGBT ideology-free zones

Most people are aware of the danger the LGBTQIA+ community faces in Russia, the recent ban on trans people serving in the US military forces, or the transphobic discourse currently overtaking twitter – but there is nary a mention of the ticking time bomb that is the introduction of Poland’s ‘LGBTQIA+ ideology’ free zones. It is time to change that.

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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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Social Justice The United States

Should ICE be Abolished?

Before looking into the actions of ICE and determining whether it is an organisation that should be shut down, it is important to gain an understanding of what it actually is and the arguments for and against its abolishment.

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Social Justice Black Lives Matter Opinion Piece Racism

Contextualising the Use of Blackface in Television and Film

Censorship can often lead to an idealised perspective of the world around us, creating a utopia in the world of entertainment that serves as a dangerous method of escapism. Black- and brown-face needs policing, but banning isn’t the way forward. Life imitates art, and life just isn’t a perfect racism-free environment.