UCL Union Reverses Ban on Ex-Student Talking About His Experiences Fighting ISIS

Jack Irwin, BA Chinese and History UCLU has decided to allow Macer Gifford, a former UCL student, a platform to talk about his experiences fighting ISIS as part of Kurdish group Yekîneyên Parastina Gel (YPG). Gifford, 28, who was previously a city currency trader, joined YPG after telling his parents that he was going on holiday in […]

The Key to Understanding Syria’s Revolution Lies in Realising Nobody Does

Mel Plant, BA Arabic and Turkish For all the many hours of rolling news footage, thousands of articles, protests and debates, it’s hard to find someone who is sure they know, well, anything about Syria – and if you do manage to find a so-called expert, with all the keys to solving the puzzle of […]

Four Pledges: Syria’s Rebellious Women

Mel Plant, BA Arabic and Turkish Zaina Erhaim, hailing from Idlib, Syria, has spent 9 years in the field of journalism, reporting largely in print and online news media. Once the revolution of her homeland turned to civil war, with each day casualties and displaces persons growing in their tens and hundreds, Erhaim decided 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 […]