Black Flags in Iraq: Arba’een – one of the largest peaceful gatherings in history

This November again witnessed, one of the largest peaceful gatherings in human history take place in Southern Iraq. An estimated 20 million-plus people travelled to the region in the space of two weeks to observe the day of Arba’een, commemorating the brutal killing of a seventh century Arabian nobleman. Millions flock to the region to […]

Humans of SOAS: Rani Perinparaja

Tell us about yourself. My given name is Mano-Rani il-ankkaren. It means Great Queen of Lanka. The stall is to raise money for Sri Lankan refugees. As a South Asian I’m one of every three people on the planet; I don’t feel like a minority. But at SOAS, even the nice people say, “I want […]


You’ve been here at SOAS for twenty years, where were you before?  This is the first university I’ve worked at. Before that, I worked for MTV for about a year as a production assistant on a show called The Real World, which was like a proto-reality TV show. It was like the fifth biggest TV […]

My first time: Fangsheng

By V A Douglas As soon as I stepped over the threshold of my apartment and walked into the courtyard outside, I smelt the familiar musk of summer heat, exhaust fumes and dust. I walked out onto the street – and something caught my eye. It was about the size of a desktop computer, and […]

In Conversation with Daniel Levin

The author of Nothing but a Circus: Misadventures among the Power discusses his journey in the development industry. What do you do in the Liechtenstein Foundation for State Governance? In the past, institutions have come in, conducted diagnostics on a need of a particular country and then just brought experts in. The core of the […]

Do Not Read – December

By: Rumplestiltskin or whatever Why do I do this to myself? It’s the time, folks. The sky is gloomy, the hot drinks expensive, and I’m rolling my eyes so hard that it’s the second time someone in this class asks if I’m okay. No, kind comrade. I’m not okay. This trenchcoat I’m wearing is too […]