Remember the Value of Freedom

Basti Schnorrenberg “We live a privileged life”. “The current situation in Europe is historically unprecedented”. Phrases like these ones which are often repeated tend to lose their meaning over time. We simply get used to them and, sooner or later, just like the sound of the crickets here in Cyprus make, they become a kind…

The Political Dimensions of the Female Body: Poland on Reproductive Health Rights

Saffy Mirghani Europe is largely permissive of women’s right to abortion: most of its countries present no obstacles to women within their first trimester seeking to carry out the procedure, and access to abortion is typically based on the country’s prevailing societal outlook, as opposed to the stringent imperative of law. While several European countries…

Hollywood’s Badly Kept Secret: Starlets, Sirens and Sexual Exploitation

Saffy Mirghani Widely anointed America’s television father, Bill Cosby’s dismal fall from star-spangled grace as the country’s beloved sitcom personality-turned-alleged sexual predator prone to drugging and raping his often underage female victims, emerged as one of the most damning sexual abuse scandals to have gripped Hollywood in recent times. Currently awaiting a re-trial for sexual…

President Sisi’s Egypt And The Executions That Will Win Him The Elections

Emma Faverio On December 26th 2017, 15 men were executed by the Egyptian military courts in the most prominent demonstration of capital punishment the nation had seen since its modern conception. The accused men had been convicted of militant activities after an attack on a military checkpoint in 2013, which had resulted in 8 deaths….

Women’s healthcare under Trump

Iona Jenkins Whilst the previous system determined financial aid for medical needs on family income, local cost of health insurance, age and smoking status, the new Republican plan tax credits on age, without taking other crucial considerations into account. One of the key changes to the American healthcare system set out by the Patient Protection…

Iran Speaks: The Regime’s Time Is Up

Saffy Mirghani Over the last few decades of Iran’s political history, the country has periodically experienced surges of social unrest that have developed into either riotous insurgency or full-blown revolution, respectively dissolved by the iron fist of the regime or appropriated by high-handed political groups. The most recent waves of revolt that have seen tens…

Insight: Bangladesh’s Ship-Breaking Industry

Eshi Vaz provides an insight into the dangers inherent in Bangladesh’s Ship-Breaking Industry. Where ships go to die, many struggle for survival “We know we come to work with coffins attached to our backs” Chittagong, one of Bangladesh’s largest port cities has long been the burial ground of the world’s old and broken ships, serving…

Human Rights Day 2017: A Broken World can be Fixed

Ben Cartwright and Ellioté Long UCL Amnesty Society I have previously written in this journal about the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its modern relevance; whilst some of its values may seem anachronistic, and others far from achievable in the current world, it is one of the few positive visions of the future…

Same-Sex Marriage Revisited: Australia

Samuel Heath Political Science and Government Student, Dartmouth College On Wednesday, 15th November, we found out the results of a postal survey in which Australians had their say on whether or not the law should be altered to allow same-sex couples to marry. Australians voted in favour of the change, and a bill to amend…

A Heart of Darkness: The Chilcot Report a Year On

James Witherspoon UCL LAWS “It’s a way we had over here for living with ourselves. We cut ‘em in half with a machine gun and gave ‘em a Band-Aid. It was a lie. And the more I saw them, the more I hated lies” -Willard, Apocalypse Now  Travelling up the thick, dark vein of the…

The Future: Compassion or Patience

Aditi Mathur UCL Student Recently I was part of a panel discussion addressing global citizenship and its importance in today’s ever-changing world with the advent of Trump, looming threat of Brexit, the emergence of extremism and terrorism. We spoke about how words like respect, appreciation and open-mindedness were crucial to being/ identified as a global…