EURO 2024 awarded to Germany

Yet again, Turkey misses out on the chance to host Euros. Last week UEFA announced that Germany will host the European Football Championship of 2024. The votes were 12-4 in favour of Germany and at the cost of Turkey. This continued Turkey’s string of bad luck, as the country has never organized a large football […]

Regular Column: Auntie Po

Pauline Blanchet is a Third Year Development Studies and Linguistics student. For the past year she has been producing her own podcast about mental health and young people where she has investigated some of the biggest issues young people are facing. The first episode was released on October 10th 2018.   Hi, I’m a first […]

The Erasure of Black History at SOAS

This is an open letter to all students at my university. To start off Black History Month,  I want to address the failures surrounding Black History in an institutional setting. SOAS has an excellent track record of omitting central points of its history, a history which has paved the way for the campaigns we advocate […]

The US Open Final Controversy: Serena Williams disciplined due to racist and sexist bias.

If you haven’t seen the news story, you must have seen the memes. The 2018 US Women’s Open final saw 20-year-old Naomi Osaka defeating Serena Williams. Umpire Carlos Ramos took a point from Williams and then responded to her protestations, giving her a game penalty late in the second set. This sparked controversy as people […]

Issue 1 Poetry

شُكُوكِي فِي حَبَنًا فِي الصَّبَاحِ، أُحِبُّكَ لَكِنْ فِي المَسَاءِ، لَا أَفْهَمْنا. أَذْهَبُ إِلَى قَلْبِكَ دَائِمًا، لِمَاذَا أَنَا لَا أَسْعَدُ الآنَ؟ فِي المَسَاءِ، أشتهركَ لَكِنْ فِي الصَّبَاحِ، لَا أَثِقُ بِنَا. أُسَافِرُ إِلَى غُرْفَتِكَ دَائِمًا،   لِمَاذَا أَنَا مَعَ القَلَقِ الآن؟   Translation: My Doubts of Our Love In the morning, I love you but in the […]

Kamaishi in Recovery: Rugby restores hope after the 2011 tsunami

The city of Kamaishi, in North-eastern Japan, has a brand new 16,187 seat rugby stadium. While this might seem unremarkable, the Recovery Memorial Stadium has a significant symbolic value to the people of Kamaishi, perhaps none more so than 61-year-old resident Jiro Ishiyama. Back in the 1980s, Ishiyama represented the Nippon Steel rugby side based […]