Palestinian Society ‘Vigil for Martyrs’ Stirs Controversy

Mel Plant, BA Arabic and Turkish On the evening of November 10th, members of SOAS’ Palestine Society held an event on the SOAS steps, often home to protests, vigils and commemorations relating to global struggles. This event was entitled ‘Vigil for Palestinian Martyrs,’ and even before the vigil began it had attracted controversy online from […]

Debut of Participatory Budgeting Scheme Funds Student Play and Calais Volunteers

Ella Linskens, BA Arabic On the 12th of November, the first participatory budgeting meeting was held in the JCR. The participatory budgeting scheme sets aside £6,000 of the Student Union’s budget to be allocated to student projects as a fulfillment of one of Hannah Slydel’s, Co-President for Democracy and Education, campaign pledges. 6 meetings will […]

We Need To Talk About Modi

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 […]

October UGM: What’s New?

    Caitlin Shewell-Cooper, BA English and Swahili The first UGM (Union General Meeting) of this academic year took place on Thursday 8th of October in the JCR, packed full of students. For those who aren’t familiar with this part of student union democracy, UGMs occur once a month and are organised by the Students’ […]

Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Blasts Government Prevent Strategy

Sophie Bush, MSc Development Studies Former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg has condemned the government’s ‘anti-terror’ strategy, labelling it a ‘toxic brand.’ He was speaking to students and members of the public at an event held at UCL and coordinated by SOAS’ Decolonising Our Minds society. The controversial strategy, called Prevent, aims to tackle extremism in […]

No Blame for Valerie Amos in Cuts Controversy

Mel Plant, BA Arabic and Turkish Since last Thursday, a controversy has been raging within the walls of SOAS. Students who shy away from SOAS politics are being brought into the fold with the leak of two documents by an anonymous source within the university, revealing plans to cut at least 184 courses.  The leaked […]