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…

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…

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…

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…

Five Songs that reflect the Trump Era

Ellioté Long Culture Editor Nina Simone once said that it is an artist’s duty to reflect the times, and her affirmation is as important today as it ever was. Since the early days of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, we have seen some excellent responses to the racism, misogyny, trans-misogyny, ableism, islamophobia, homophobia and other rubbish…

Election expectations and reality: how human rights are affected

Ben Cartwright, UCL Amnesty Society President The 2017 general election was widely expected to be Theresa May’s way of obtaining a landslide majority and giving her an opportunity to transform Britain and its human rights legal framework. However, after the results came in and Britain faced a hung Parliament, the Conservatives’ ability to change Britain…

POLICY EXPERT: “We are in charge of our own crisis”

Guest contributor and first year Politics and Eastern European Studies student at UCL , Stanislaw Krawiecki, shares his thoughts on the current refugee crisis in Europe, in particularly Poland’s role in the crisis… On the one hand- the refugee crisis, one of the defining processes of the contemporary reality in Europe, largely shaping the development of a new…

What Hinders Deep Discussion Of the New Syrian Constitution?

So this Tuesday, we’ve decided to suspend our central health piece in place of this article shared by Sophie Mangal, Editor of Inside Syria Media Centre, all the way from West Chicago, Illinois. ISMC does a lot of important work, mainly centred around dispelling the myths about the current situation and advancements in Syria through…