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….

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…

A defence of expression: the importance of the ‘other’ side

Eshitha Vaz UCL Population Health Student George Orwell’s ‘1984’ seems increasingly relevant to the society that is being moulded around us. Once written in his original preface to Animal Farm, Orwell poignantly writes: ” If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear”. The right to…

Aadishi’s Poetry Corner #2

Aadishi Agarwal UCL Laws student Hurricanes Hurricanes don’t trust people like me like I know you want to. Don’t trust that easy smile and carefree laugh that rumbles against your chest or that thoughtless humming as I’m flipping pancakes, because people like me, they’re not meant to be trusted. People like me are too well…

Mean Girls Review

Mark Barclay Masters (MSt) in Philosophical Theology Student at Worcester College, Oxford University Watching Mean Girls for the first time just weeks ago, I was struck by the sense that I had stumbled on a window into another world. Lindsay Lohan should consider herself lucky that she was charged merely with managing her social life…

Yemen: A Forgotten Humanitarian Catastrophe

Eshitha Vaz UCL Population Health Student When a country is experiencing the worst public health crisis since 1945, it is a crime in itself to turn a blind eye – to ignore the suffering of its civilian peoples and to be complicit even through silence, in the destruction of its character. Yet for the last three…