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The Costs of Peace-Seeking: Academics Under Attack

2 years ago SOAS Spirit 0
Anonymous ‘Turkey should be proud of the peace declaration signatories,”’ said Noam Chomsky last week, referring to 1128 academics that have lost their jobs, been banned from leaving the country, interrogated and detained for signing a petition named ‘we will not be a party to this crime.’ The petition calls for an end to Turkey’s Read More

London Academics Extend Solidarity to Academics, Kurds Under Siege

2 years ago Mel Plant 0
Mel Plant, BA Arabic and Turkish This Friday, SOAS Students’ Union co-hosted an open meeting with the SOAS UCU and Unison branches, extending solidarity to Turkish and Kurdish academics in Turkey who have come under investigation for their ‘Academics for Peace‘ petition. The meeting comes a week after the Students’ Union released a statement in Read More

Refugees, Passports and Paris

2 years ago Mel Plant 0
Mel Plant, BA Arabic and Turkish It only took three days to formulate an excuse for another Western air force to kill hundreds of Syrian civilians. But with Raqqa being the capital of the self-declared Islamic State of Iraq and as-Sham, surely there’s no problem with bombing a bunch of militants. The French government, which Read More

Cautious Optimism Follows First Free Elections in Myanmar

2 years ago Mel Plant 0
Kay Mar Maung, BA Law and Development The days leading up to November 8 were stressful to say the least. People from Myanmar and their counterparts from all over the world anxiously shared their opinions and their hopeful thoughts about the election on every social media platform. The country had been under an oppressive military Read More

We Need To Talk About Modi

2 years ago Mel Plant 0
Sparsh Pandya, BA International Relations and South Asian Studies The past year and a half of Narendra Modi’s term as prime minister of India has marked a clear push towards neo-liberal economic policy and an attempt to establish India as a powerful global actor. Within the domestic sphere, welfare issues and communal tensions have only Read More

Turbulent Times Await, as Turkey Heads Toward Re-Elections

2 years ago SOAS Spirit 0
Anonymous On 7th June Turkey elected its 550 members of parliament, the 25th in the history of the Republic. The general elections, for the first time in Turkish history, triumphed and gave Kurdish and minority citizens a voice in parliament. HDP (The People’s Democratic Party), a conglomeration of Kurdish parties and independents now also constituted Read More