‘’No, but where are you really from?’’

Paloma Rao, LLB Law Ever since I remember, the seemingly straightforward question has thrown me. I remember being six years old in my school in Spain (which I had only recently joined), and being interviewed by older children for a survey. When I replied ‘Liverpool’ in my thick Scouse accent, they look perplexed and asked […]

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 […]

Two Sides of One Issue: Give Amos a Chance

Nathan Guerin, BA History One can only imagine the regret Valerie Amos must feel at taking her current position. An inherently distrustful student body already regards her with contempt; she’s finally been featured in The Guardian as something other than a selfless, humanitarian, wonder woman; and a rotating ensemble of students, as well as many […]

Occupation of the Brunei Suite: A Sad and Hopeful Reality

Anonymous The SOAS Occupation is both a hopeful and sad reality, which we celebrate on its third week of existence this Tuesday 27th October 2015. Let us remember where our SOAS Community was at three weeks ago: Heads of Department had a document in their mailboxes outlining decisions made by Executive Board (i.e. Senior Management […]

A Third Intifada is None of Our Business

Mel Plant, BA Arabic and Turkish The last time bombs were falling on Gaza in their multitudes, I was living in Hebron – the biggest city in the West Bank and perhaps the least-touristed. Hebron, despite being associated with Abraham and thus an important city in Islamic, Jewish and Christian traditions, for the past twenty-five […]

An Indictment of the Course Cuts

  Nigel McCollum, MA South East Asian Studies with Thai Since the very sorry saga when Pro-Director Professor Rao ‘leaked’ the course cuts documents, we have seen the reputation of SOAS exposed in both the UK and Indian Press. While of course, each and every one of us make mistakes, I want to just add […]