Abortion in NI: Everything you need to know

Dessi Eneva In just five days, on 23 October, a cross-party coalition of MPs will propose a bill to Parliament to end the abortion ban in Northern Ireland. Whilst permitted in the UK, paradoxically, abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland. This summer, the High Court ruled that this is in breach of human rights. There…

The CPTPP: A Good Deal for New Zealand?

Samuel J. Heath In March of this year the New Zealand government took the controversial decision of signing the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership. The CPTPP, in essence a rehashing of the original TPP edited to reflect the withdrawal of the United States, represents a major economic – and geopolitical – evolution for both…

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…

Female Genital Mutilation: Tradition or Torture?

Iona Jenkins ‘FGM violates a person’s rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment’ –WHO Female genital mutilation comprises any procedure made without medical need to remove part or all of the external female genitalia. There are no health benefits to FGM; it…

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…

Review: The Penalty

The Penalty (2017) Directed by: Mark Pizzey & Will Francombe For many Europeans, the death penalty can sometimes seem an unimportant issue. But while the death penalty has been banned in Europe, 2016 alone saw 3,117 death sentences and 1,032 executions worldwide. The USA, where the death penalty is still legal in as many as…