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…

OPINION: “Brexit is a downward train going nowhere…”

Global Politics editor, Alex Stephenson, shares his thoughts about the implications of Brexit   It’s been touted Brexit is a train crash in slow motion. To say so is wrong – Brexit is a series of multi-car pile ups, slowly converging to create one nebulus of political insanity. Many crashes are accidental, and may amount to…

The Truth about Ukraine

Guest Contributor and Ukrainian Native Anna Tarasenko writes this telling and controversial piece on the falsities of the Ukrainian reality from her perspective…. As early as 5 years ago, responses to “I am from Ukraine”, would usually see me hear things like: “That’s part of Russia, right?” Ukraine as a country was unknown, despite gaining its independence some 25…

“Never again” is happening right now

Culture Editor, Elliote Long, rounds off our ‘In response to a week in politics’, with a retrospective warning of the future path in worlds Just one week into his presidency, Donald Trump has signed a ‘Muslim Ban’. It’s an executive order which bans citizens of seven muslim-majority countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and…

Boko Haram: Terror personified

Guest contributor, and UCLU Amnesty International Publicity Officer, Anna Wilken tells the story of the dark and persistent attack from Nigerian Terrorism cell Boko Haram.     *Chilling context: The chilling attack and burning alive of local villagers, including children, and the persistent sieges on refugee camps make it clear that Boko Haram isn’t an…

Politics in 2016: The Advent of Politicking

Read Global Politics editor Alex Stephenson’s delectable commentary on the bizarre political events of 2016… When I cast my mind back to my expectations  in January 2016, I was cautiously optimistic about a year that promised immense political excitement. Cameron was still Prime Minister; Donald Trump was but a feature on the media’s entertainment page, and…