Relaunch of the SOAS Spirit

The SOAS Spirit is back!  The SOAS Spirit is your independent student-run newspaper which has had an on campus presence since 1936. The Spirit is picking up where we left off and holding those in positions of power accountable and producing content which students will find informative, thought provoking and entertaining. Head down to the […]

SOAS management announces end to outsourcing by September 2018

By Ali Mitib (BA Law and Politics) On 4th August 2017, Paula Sanderson, the Registrar of SOAS, notified the Student Union that SOAS will ‘stop outsourcing its core support services to private contractors from September 2018’. In contrast to the previous plans of SOAS management to bring only the cleaners in-house by 2019, this announcement […]

Hamas and Fatah reconcile following decade long rift

By Ahmad Jamal Wattoo (BA Politics) After a decade-long rift, Hamas and Fatah announced their reconciliation in Cairo, Egypt on October 12th. This settlement between both Palestinian factions will likely play a large role in strengthening the Palestinians’ bargaining power vis-a-vis Israel. It has been agreed under the settlement that the Rafah Crossing to Egypt […]

Journeys to Independence: “Informative insight into 20th century India”

By Khadija Kothia (BA History) As India celebrates 70 years of Independence LSE’s exhibition Journeys to Independence: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh captures the pivotal moments that shaped the subcontinent during the 20th century. Upon entering I am instantly intrigued. It’s a modest-sized room but with an abundance of content: a glass cabinet containing archives, a live […]

The Chagossians’ right to return home

By Thea Busuttil (MSc Violence, Conflict and Justice) Decolonisation is not a thing of the past. The Golden Age of the British Empire has long been over but its remnants still linger. A few islands around the world are still British colonies, and in the Indian Ocean, somewhere under the Maldives and to the right of […]

The Most Friendless People in the World

By Arooj Sultan (BA Economic and Politics) Last Friday, in a report released by the United Nations Children’s Fund, it was stated that an estimated 340,000 Rohingya children are living in dismal, insalubrious conditions in Bangladeshi refugee camps, where they have little to no access to enough food, water, shelter and healthcare. The 600,000 Rohingya […]