Fighting for Free Education: The National Demonstration Against Fees and Cuts.

By Indigo Lilburn-Quick, BA History and Politics On November 15th, many SOAS students joined the National Demonstration Against Fees and Cuts following the rise in tuition fees to £9,250 a year. Although the number of students that marched is unclear, with organisers claiming 10,000 and police giving an unofficial estimate of around 2,000, all those who […]

Windfall of £5m awarded to SOAS to improve teaching languages of the Global South

By Ludovica Longo, BA Politics and Geography A £5m grant has been awarded to SOAS by the Higher Education Funding Council for England to improve and preserve engagement with the Global South through language. The money, from HEFCE’s Catalyst fund, will be invested in a project to safeguard UK provision in strategically important and vulnerable […]

Priti Patel forced to resign over meetings with Israeli officials

By Zain Hussain, MSc International Politics From the 13th to the 25th August 2017, Priti Patel, The British Secretary of State for International Development visited Israel on a family holiday. However, during that time she met a number of politicians, businesses, tech start-ups and humanitarian NGOs, to learn more about the Israeli approach to technology […]

Cambridge University slammed for ‘censoring’ as SOAS academic barred from BDS Palestine event

By Mahnoor Chaudhry, BA Politics and Economics Cambridge University has been criticised after a SOAS academic was stopped from chairing a controversial event organised by its Palestine and Middle East Society. Dr Rubah Salih, who herself is Palestinian, was due to chair the discussion – entitled ‘BDS and the globalised struggle for Palestinian rights’ – on […]

One month on from the Lower House election, Japan’s political future is uncertain

Although Japan’s general election, which saw Abe Shinzō’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (in fact the conservative establishment choice, despite the name) and its Komeito junior coalition partner barely retain their two-thirds control over the House of Representatives, was held over a month ago, it is still very unclear what path the LDP will decide to […]

Deadliest earthquake of 2017 hits Iraq-Iran Border

By Julia Frances Everett, BA International Relations and Development Studies On 12th November, the border between Iraq and Iran was hit by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake, leaving citizens desperately searching for signs of life amongst the rubble. The earthquake struck 20 miles south of the Iranian city of Halabja at 9:48pm on the 12th November, killing […]