November 12, 2019

People protesting in Sarajevo after initial proposal for parade was rejected in 2017. Photo accssed via BBC . 

Before crowds could march through Sarajevo in Bosnia’s first ever LGBTQI Pride procession on 8 September  2019, they would be outnumbered by series of pre-protests across the city. 

One such protest, calling itself the “Day of the Traditional Family”, featured people walking hand in hand with children and waving fl...

November 3, 2019

                   Rally for the right to vote in Moscow on August 10th 2019.

        Source: Sergey Leschina, via Wikimedia Commons.

The summer of 2019 in Russia stood in stark contrast with last year’s flourish and excitement surrounding the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It was a summer marked by marked by violence and widespread political discontent. 

In the lead-up to t...

May 7, 2019

Shamina Begum in 2015, courtesy of PA via BBC News 

In 2015, at the age of 15, the second-generation Bethnal Green local was radicalised and coaxed into abandoning her home to travel to Syria and join the Islamic State. Within two weeks she was married to 23-year-old Dutch convert, Yago Riedijk. Over the coming years she would lose two children before giving birth on the 17th of February 2019 to her third. She spent her time in...

May 6, 2019

This is a translation of Nitya Agarwal's article Can we still trust charities? To read a Chinese translation of her article, follow this link.

Als menschliche Wesen legen wir großen Wert auf Eigenschaften, die uns qualifizieren gute Menschen zu sein. Einige der wichtigsten Kriterien sind, die Großzügigkeit und das Mitgefühl. Um diese Eigenschaften zu erreichen, sind Leute in insbesondere privilegierten Regionen der Welt oft bem...

December 30, 2018

On 4 October 2018, a motion to declare Verona a 'pro-life city' was approved by the city council. Motion 434, which was proposed by Alberto Zelger of the Lega Nord party, calls for public funding for pro-life groups and for campaigns to encourage pregnant women to consider adoption over abortion. The vote was met with protest by the women’s group Non Una Di Meno (Not One Woman Less), who wore costumes from the television adapt...

December 13, 2018

Source: Wikimedia Commons  

'In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets, and steal loaves of bread.'

-  Anatole France, Le Lys Rouge

Human beings are embodied creatures, and as such every aspect of our lives is tied in some way to physical space. Even the most cerebral of our activities, such as thinking, require a physical location where they can take place. Given thi...

December 2, 2018

On 25 October 2018, history was made as the final barrier to women in the military service was broken down with the announcement that all roles in the armed forces are open to women recruits in the UK. The defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, announced on the planes of Salisbury (home to the defence training estate) that women in the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force have the ability to request a transfer to an infa...

November 1, 2018

Source: The Guardian 

For the beating heart of the industrial north, the morning of 16 August, 1819, was no ordinary one. In what stands today as Manchester’s St Peter’s Square,  an estimated 60,000 men, women and children gathered in peaceful solidarity to speak out in hope of a time when their rights to emancipation and freedom of expression would be acknowledged by the upper echelons of society. Among them, a diverse mismatc...

July 15, 2018

Nothing possesses quite the same ability to simultaneously polarise and unite as the momentous sporting event that is the FIFA World Cup. It is that time again, when football addicts rejoice at spending an unhealthy amount of time shouting at an inanimate screen, while those indifferent suddenly decide that they are fascinated by tennis. Obsessive followers learn several languages just to be able to give their unheard support...

May 24, 2018

*TW: Rape, Sexual Assault

Two Irish rugby players walk into a club. It sounds like the start of a joke, but it’s actually the basis of Northern Ireland’s most high-profile rape case that shook the island of Ireland to its core over the past nine weeks. The facts of the case are as follows: on 27th June 2016, the Ulster Rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding (both of whom have played on the Irish national rugby team), an...

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