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French Muslim Woman Forced to Strip By Police

“Freedom of religion in France is guaranteed by the constitutional rights set forth in the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen”. Recently images have emerged of armed policemen, forcing a Muslim woman to publicly undress on the beach. Following the recent Burkini ban in some French cities, a 34-year-old mother of two, whose family have been French citizens for at least three generations, was issued a ticket saying she was not wearing “an outfit respecting

Europe/UK, International

Turkey Wedding Bombed

On August 21 in Turkey, a wedding was destroyed by a suicide bomber…who was aged ’12 to 14′ according to President Recep Tayyib Erdogan. Mr Erdogan said that the IS (Islamic State) was behind the attack, this is yet to be confirmed but is looking more and more likely. The people who initiated the attack, targeted a Kurdish wedding party, in a place called Gaziantep, near the Syrian border, which is known to have several

Europe/UK, Feminism, International, Politics

When Did It Become A Crime To Cover Yourself?

The burkini is a full swimsuit designed to cover the whole body in order to help some Muslim women dress modestly while engaging in western recreational activities. Nice recently became the eleventh city in France to ban the burkini after the country banned the burqa five years ago. People who violate this ban risk a 38 euro fine. Sorry, but I find this absurd. Since when did it become a crime to want to cover

Europe/UK

Why the British education system is failing us

In the UK there have been massive changes to the education system. I’m hoping to highlight the biggest issues that are not helping the next generation to succeed. Grading The biggest change has been that the grading system is now on a 1-9 scale instead of A-F. This makes it harder to achieve the higher grades and put you at risk of failing even if you were getting C’s in the old system. From feedback

Europe/UK, Race

When History Repeats: why there is still a huge issue of racism within the UK

Imprinted and stained on British past is an obvious and deep-rooted history of racism; everyone is aware of the adversity that many races faced under British colonialism and the Empire, but a recent rise in racist attacks and rhetoric is a dark reminder that UK’s synonymy with being forward and tolerant is solely a myth. There are a myriad of reasons of late for this surge of racism. Ultimately, I believe the most significant flaw

Europe/UK, Race

No Justice, No Peace

August 4th 2016 marked the fifth anniversary of the unlawful killing of Mark Duggan, a British black man who died at the hands of The Metropolitan Police in 2011. Although Mark Duggan is not the only black person to have lost their life as a result of a systemic racism problem in the UK, Mark Duggan quickly became a household name, because it was his death that sparked the 2011 London riots. Today on August

Europe/UK, International, Race, Real Life

Trigger-Happy and Racial Bias: Why rates of police brutality in the US are so much higher than rates in the UK.

Police Brutality in the U.S. is no myth. From Michael Brown to Freddie Gray, Ferguson to Baltimore, these fatal shooting have lead to headline news worldwide. But this reality isn’t the same for their British counterparts. Statistics revealed by Britain’s Home Office show just how uncommon it is for the UK’s police to use guns. Police in England and Wales discharged their firearms on just seven occasions from April 2015 to March 2016. This contrasts to

Europe/UK, International, Politics

6 Reasons to Vote Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn faces a leadership challenge. If you’re involved with British politics you’ll know that Corbyn is the Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition. Now, the position as Labour leader is up for grabs after his MPs successfully conceded a no-confidence motion against him claiming his policies are not credible. Nevertheless, support for Corbyn continues to grow with mass support on social media and many showing up to his speeches and rallies.

Europe/UK, Race

Why I’m More Likely to be Illiterate

Here is the truth, one in five people worldwide are illiterate. This means, they cannot read or write. Two-thirds of the illiterate population are women of an ethnic minority, the highest of these populations are Indian women, followed by African women. Illiteracy can be linked directly to the fact that the ethnic minorities in Western countries like the US or where I’m from, the UK, were forced to remain illiterate in order to keep them

Europe/UK, Feminism, Politics

Is The Labour Party Inherently Misogynistic?

Labour is a party that claims to have made great progress on women’s representation in the past 20 years. Yet Labour is also a party which has never had a female leader (except in an acting capacity in the interim period of leadership contests). It has only had two female deputy leaders, Margaret Beckett and Harriet Harman – the same two women who have held the post of acting leader). It’s difficult to discern a

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