Rolling Back the War on Drugs

Harry Wise, BA Politics Let me start with a confession: I’ve taken drugs. “Ooh! How could you?” scream the anti-drugs czars! “Do you know the harm you are doing to your body? You could go crazy.” Interestingly, British police forces are starting to care a lot less about my drug habits. A recent FOI request […]

Turkish Media Prepares for Further Crackdown After Elections

Lara Sarlak, MA Anthropology and Media The results of the previous Turkish general elections in June 2015 had many people carried away by the illusion of possible change. A pro-minority party, the HDP, had managed to pass the arbitrary electoral threshold and Erdoğan’s AKP had finally had its majority displaced. Yet over the past few months, Erdoğan has been extremely consistent in frightening the peoples of Turkey: […]

Gujarat, 2002: The Semantic Limitations of the Word ‘Riot’

Atika Dawood, BA Arabic and Linguistics Trigger Warning: (Sexual) violence against women and children The spectre of the 2002 Gujarat Riots has re-emerged following the landslide victory of Narendra Modi early last year. The ‘riots’ began when 59 Hindu pilgrims died after a train carrying them was set on fire. Following the false accusation of […]

So Many, Yet So Little Done

Florence Goddard, BA Politics and Development Studies Trigger Warning: Article deals with issues of mental health and mentions suicide. As a fairly privileged middle class student of a notoriously left-wing university I spend most of my time in the world of radical idealism, safe spaces and tolerance that is SOAS. It’s definitely not perfect, but […]

The Rise of a Politics of Fear: War-mongering? Let’s talk for a minute about fear-mongering

Joe Dunne, BA International Relations As rarely happens in the 21st century, a Hollywood blockbuster in the form of Hunger Games: Catching Fire struck a satirical cord in its uncanny resemblance to our global political system. The head ‘Gamesmaker’, the absurdly named Plutarch Heavensbee, advises President Snow that ‘more fear’ is required to subdue the […]

Exceptional Americans in Amman

Ammanymous In a condolence speech about a recent mass shooting, President Obama stated that, “We spend over a trillion dollars [annually], and pass countless laws, and devote entire agencies to preventing terrorist attacks on our soil…” Embedded in his chastising speech calling for common sense gun legislation, the Commander-in-Chief succinctly outlined the massive military-industrial complex […]