The Dignity of Having a Job? Head of Oxfam Points to a New Way of Thinking About Employment.

Jacob Loose, MA International Studies and Diplomacy The viral clip from Davos 2019 featured members of a panel talking about tax evasion. The panellists pointed out the hypocrisy of aiming to end inequality but not being willing to talk about those dodging their taxes. It is certainly powerful to hear tax evasion being discussed in […]

SOAS Ranks First in ‘Extreme Events & Speakers League Table’; Third Year in a Row

Sabrina Shah, BA International Relations In January, the Henry Jackson Society Student Rights Project published their annual report on “Extreme Events and Speakers” taking place on university campuses. For the third consecutive year, SOAS has been ranked first. According to the report, SOAS hosted “42 events” with either “extreme” views or with “extreme” speakers. This […]

Shamima Begum: Victim or Threat?

Zahra Banday, BA English In February 2015, fifteen year olds Amira Abase, Kadiza Sultana and Shamima Begum left their homes in Bethnal Green to fly to Syria and join ISIS. Out of the Bethnal Green Trio, as they became known, Begum is the only one known to be alive, the others were reportedly killed in […]

There’s an Important Conversation to be Had About Decolonizing the Curriculum. Shame the BBC isn’t Willing to Have it.

Kitty Walsh, BA History and World Philosophies “Ideological propaganda”. Apparently, that’s all the movement to decolonize the curriculum really amounts to, or so says journalist Melanie Phillips in her column for The Times. That or “Marxist gibberish”, that is itself “sinister and wrong”. But on what basis exactly? Well, on a recent episode of BBC […]

Two Worlds Inside One

Shah Mohammad Abdul Basit, BA International Relations and Economics There are a lot of works that have been devoted to searching for the recipe of making a revolution. From Marx to Trotsky, Lenin and beyond — everyone wants to know, how to tame this wild, unpredictable beast. The Iranian Revolution of 1979 fit all of […]

Visible Muslim Women in the Public Eye.

Yasmin Elsouda, BA International Relations A couple of weeks ago Nour Tagouri, a Libyan-American journalist, activist and documentary producer was invited to speak at a New York Fashion Week (NYFW) panel on diversity and inclusion. Sounds great, progressive one might say. But here’s the thing: Tagouri is a visible Muslim woman, she wears a headscarf […]