Can #MeToo Really Make a Difference for Women in India?

Bella Saltiel, MA Middle Eastern Studies India’s #MeToo movement has been gathering momentum. The hashtag has been used to call on perpetrators to account for their sexual misconduct and has primarily been focused on the CEOs of English Language media outlets. Many powerful men have already been asked to resign including the Minister for External […]

Brett Kavanaugh sworn into the Supreme Court following sexual assault controversy.

On the 6th of October Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the newest Justice of the American Supreme Court. After President Trump nominated him as a potential candidate earlier this summer, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University, Christina Blasey Ford, accused him in a confidential statement of attempting to rape her in the 80s, […]

German emission reductions set to fall short of 2020 targets

A court in the western German city of Münster has ruled that the electric utility company RWE must indefinitely postpone its planned clearing of the 200-hectare (500-acre) Hambach forest, which has been a battleground between environmental activists and police for six years. Following a lawsuit brought by BUND, the German branch of Friends of the […]

Sealing Liquid Borders – Italy’s Not-So-Hidden Agenda

Since 2016, the Aquarius search and rescue vessel, chartered by SOS Méditerranée and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), has been operating in hazardous Mediterranean waters between Libya and Italy. Over the past two years, it has rescued almost 30,000 people. However, according to the Guardian, ‘the Aquarius is the last private rescue ship operating in the […]

Reported Mass Internment of Uighur population in China’s Xinjiang region

Vocational training centres for Uighur Muslims have been written into the legislation of the Chinese region of Xinjiang. According to estimates cited by the UN there are approximately a million Uighur Muslims who have been forcibly interned in these centres. However, the governor of the Xinjiang region, Shohrat Zakir, quoted in a report by the […]

Love Wins in India

On the 6th of September 2018, section 377 (which criminalises consensual sexual activity between members of the same sex) of the Indian Penal Code was declared to be unconstitutional, by justice Indu Malhotra. The section was first drafted in 1830 by Thomas Macaulay, who was Secretary to the board of Control during the British Raj. […]