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…

Bordados por la Paz y la Memoria – Embroideries for Peace and Memory.

Ellioté Long Culture Editor Every Sunday afternoon, in the main square of Mexico City’s Coyoacán neighbourhood, you can find a group sitting to one side of the fountains, embroidering handkerchiefs. They are Fuentes Rojas (Red Fountains), the Mexico City branch of a global network of collectives embroidering for peace and memory. Members of these collectives…

The left’s elephant in the room

Samuel Heath Political Science and Government Student, Dartmouth College Immigration; there are few topics in British politics as likely to generate as much discussion and controversy. It is approached, perhaps, only by education and the NHS. Yet discussion about immigration has often been conceptualised as an ideological face-off between a vaguely defined “left”, consisting of those…

Aadishi’s Poetry Corner #1

Aadishi Agarwal UCL Laws Student Number 1:  A pretty painting to hide the pain in Mona Lisa’s smile, she picked up a brush, she stopped not once. A pretty painting to numb her for just a while, the blood in her veins, on her canvas runs. Blue toxicity of choking fire, it flows through her…

Arguments for a Compensated Organ Donation Scheme

Alexandra Booysen UCL Laws Student Scientific advances have made the transplant of, and therefore trade in, human organs a reality. This raises questions of ethics, law and human rights. The death of about 500 people annually in the UK because of insufficient donor organs has made these questions more pressing.[1] In practice, this debate mostly…

Privacy v Security: The sacrifices we’re all making

How the Investigatory Powers Act entrenched highly intrusive digital surveillance in the UK with barely an eyebrow raised Surya Kumaravel UCL Law Graduate It’s been a tumultuous few years in UK politics, with a lot of attention being given to the massive issues surrounding Brexit and the drama of political infighting in both major political…