Cambridge University slammed for ‘censoring’ as SOAS academic barred from BDS Palestine event

By Mahnoor Chaudhry, BA Politics and Economics Cambridge University has been criticised after a SOAS academic was stopped from chairing a controversial event organised by its Palestine and Middle East Society. Dr Rubah Salih, who herself is Palestinian, was due to chair the discussion – entitled ‘BDS and the globalised struggle for Palestinian rights’ – on […]

Lonely Spirits

To the Italian sunflower, I didn’t know it was humanly possible to stand in the sunshine every hour of everyday. The golden beams that pour from your smile shine even brighter when you’re dancing. Swinging around with you in your sundance made my year. Anon   To a certain SOAS raven, The peace you bring […]

Poetry is Peng – November

Day Break I will remember A comic introduction to the contents of my refrigerator Talk of a watermelon shaped like a cube An invitation to a spontaneous date, in Chinatown! how fitting! – to a den named Opium, and us, snacking on dimsum nearing midnight. The bright blue of your cashmere jumper peeked from above […]

When I saw Luke McManus’ piece, Does the Political Correctness of Students’ Unions Undermine their Decisions? in the online edition of the SOAS Spirit, I almost stopped reading there and then. The juxtaposition of an attack on the ‘Political Correctness’ of unions with a picture of the train tracks at Auschwitz was so outrageous that […]

Why has money run out for the World Food Programme and Syrian refugees?

Luke McManus, BA Arabic and Social Anthropology  On the 1st of December, the World Food Program (WFP) was forced to suspend its food aid scheme for more than 1.6 million Syrian refugees because of a funding crisis, citing the need for an extra $64m before the operation could be restarted. This news could not have […]