Minor refugees left waiting in the dark in France

by Reem Abd Ulhamid Around thirty minor refugees have been left in the dark regarding their future by French and British authorities. The refugees, mostly aged between 15-17 years old, mainly from Sudan and Syria, have been transferred from the “Jungle” at Calais to a reception center in Chateauroux les Alpes.  They are isolated in… Read More

Apocalypse and precarity: Iranian online humor and Trump’s victory

by Sara Tafakori and Gilda Seddighi  ‘From the American people to Iranian social media users: if your expert opinions and discussions about the American election have ended, please do shut up for a moment and let us Americans work out what the heck we do now’. This tweet by a presenter of a diasporic Iranian… Read More

2016’s Racism in Review

It’s Nothing New by Shane Thomas Racism. The obvious kind. We saw plenty of it in 2016. We’re likely to see more in 2017. But we’re less likely to get a nuanced analysis of it from the thinkpiece carousel. In truth, there’s the overt racist, the anti-racist, and a whole lot in between. You can be… Read More

All politics is “identity politics”

by Maya Goodfellow  The forces of right-wing xenophobic populism are stronger in America and Europe than they have been in decades. Donald Trump is president-elect in the United States; after a virulently anti-migrant referendum campaign, the UK voted to leave the EU and far-right parties are gaining ground across much of Europe. The left – in… Read More

Political book of the year: Hillsborough Voices: The Real Story Told by the People Themselves

by Hamja Ahsan At a recent public talk for a Muslim campaign group, Gareth Peirce, the legendary British human rights lawyer, compared the survivors of the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 to the story of David versus Goliath. Starting her address with words of admiration for the stamina of her client Shaker Aamer through 14 years… Read More

Chance the Preacher

by Zain Dada “When the praises go up, the blessings come down, I promise you!” This wasn’t the voice of a preacher at a gospel church in Brixton but that of 6-time Grammy-nominated Chance The Rapper at Brixton Academy on a rainy Sunday evening in November. The performance was Chicago rapper Chance’s first major gig in London, supported… Read More

First Person: Smear Fear

First Person delivers candid personal narratives illustrating intimate experiences and larger conversations about health by Annabel Sowemimo Over a fifth of black women have never had a routine cervical smear, as compared to less than ten percent of white women. This means that when black and minority women present with cervical cancer it has often… Read More

Immigrant hustle in the face of gentrification

by Zain Dada and Bushra Ferjani  Gentrification emboldens the individualised silos we exist in. It is the preemptive conversion of lifestyles which began collectively when we landed on this rainy Island from former colonies. We interact less in post-gentrification London, our markets, community centres, our homes destroyed by councils moonlighting as property developers. Our commutes… Read More

Will you ruin your child’s life?

by Jendella Benson  “Well, as a mother…” If I’m honest I’ve been tempted to draw blood upon hearing this obnoxious qualifier more than once. While parenthood does afford you another perspective on many things, the sanctimonious emphasis on being a mother can be kind of unbearable. When Andrea Leadsom found herself opposing Theresa May in… Read More