Iran faces Wave of Defecting Athletes

Tobias Hochstöger, MSc International Politics Amid the current protests in Iran, the Islamic Republic is facing a wave of top athletes, who are defecting the country, due to its strict standards for athletes in international competitions. Most recently, Taekwondo athlete Kimia Alizadeh, Iran’s first and sole female Olympic medal winner, announced on 12 Jan on […]

IOC Bans Political Demonstrations Ahead of Tokyo 2020

Ruth Wetters BA Chinese (Modern & Classical) image caption: IOC president Thomas Bach and former swimmer Kirsty Coventry during an IOC press conference in Lausanne (09/01/20) (Credit: Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP) On Thursday 9th January, the International Olympic Committee announced new, stricter bans on political, religious and ethnic demonstrations for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics. […]

The Pharaoh’s Last Hurrah: Saatchi Gallery Exhibition is Your Last Opportunity to See Tutankhamun Outside of Egypt.

Inès Rodier, BA Development Studies and Politics “The aim of the exhibition is then to replicate the unparalleled sensation of the discovery of the sacred place.” The Saatchi Gallery is currently hosting the ‘Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh’ exhibition, which runs from 2 November 2019 until 3 May 2020.  This exhibition, displaying the artefacts […]

When will white people stop appropriating black culture as ‘fun’ and ‘quirky’ hobbies?

Kai Jie Cai, MA Postcolonial Studies “Swing Patrol […] isn’t just an erasure of Black history it is an erasure of what London looks like today.” Swing dance emerged within the African American community alongside Jazz during the 1920s Harlem Renaissance era. Since the black body was excluded from the white material world, this free […]