Bernie Sanders surges amid fissures in the Democratic Party

By Samia Majid, MA History Following the Democratic Debate in Nevada on February 19, 2020, the Trump re-election campaign accused the Democratic Party of having a ‘full-scale meltdown.’ This encapsulates the general disarray of the Democratic establishment, which favours a ‘moderate’ candidate over the self-identifying democratic-socialist, Bernie Sanders, who now has a double lead over […]

Companies “On Notice”: UN Issues List of Firms Operating in Illegal Israeli Settlements

By Megan Araghi, MSc Globalisation and Development On Wednesday 12 February, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) publicly issued a list of 112 companies engaging in commercial operations in Israeli settlements. Per international law, such settlements are regarded as illegal and are largely unrecognised as such by the international […]

The final battle: Tensions escalate as Turkey and Syria fight for Idlib

By Adela Begum, BA Politics and International Relations Tensions continue to escalate between Turkey and the Russian-backed Syrian regime after the nearly decade-long civil war in Syria is reaching its climax in the Idlib governorate. The Syrian government carried out strikes in December 2019 in the hopes of capturing the last rebel-held area to consolidate […]

Remove them all! One year into Algeria’s Revolution

By Assia Hamdi- BA History and Arabic Since February 2019, millions of Algerians have been regularly protesting. To mark the one year anniversary since the uprisings began, what follows is a brief overview of Algeria’s Hirak Salmi (Peaceful Movement/Revolution), also known as the Revolution of Smiles. Despite the name Revolution of Smiles, the Algerian people […]

Homosexuality defined as sexually deviant in new Indonesian draft bill

By Frances Howe, LLB A draft of the proposed Indonesian Bill known as the ‘RUU Ketahanan Keluarga’ or ‘Family Resilience Bill’ has been obtained by the Jakarta Post and released online. The Bill aims to promote the Indonesian family unit, ‘the main pillar in realising national resilience,’ by protecting it from the increasing threat of […]

Coronavirus: Spreading the disease of racism

By Emma Kirk Martin, BA Japanese The novel Coronavirus was detected in December 2019, discovered in Wuhan, China. Coronavirus has continued to spread at an alarming rate across 45 countries, infecting more than 80,000 people, and causing over 2,700 deaths. The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ on 30 […]