Author: Ellen Holmes

The Community In The U.K. Steps Up When The Government Fails Us

Last week 322 members of the Conservative Party, the party currently in power within U.K. government, voted against extending free school meals to disadvantaged children over the holidays. The campaign to do so was popularized by Manchester United and England’s striker Marcus Rashford, who was recently awarded an MBE for

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London’s Second Ever Trans+ Pride Took Place This Weekend, Honouring Trans Icon Elie Che

Saturday, September 12th saw the second official Trans+ Pride take place in London, with demonstrators marching from Wellington Arch to Parliament Square. They were encouraged to wear and bring flowers while wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. With fear of arrests and police presence in mind, organizers confirmed that legal observers

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Addressing The Reality Of Police Brutality In The U.K.

The murder of George Floyd by the Minnesota Police department on the 25th May 2020, sparked both nationwide and worldwide protests against racism and the ongoing crisis of police brutality. George Floyd’s tragic murder is tragically, and abhorrently, another example of how black people are failed by the very systems

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The Value Of The Community In Times Of Crisis

As is the slogan for the current state of the world, these are ‘unprecedented times’ in which people all over the world have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. With currently 5.4 million cases of Coronavirus around the world, according to Google’s COVID-19 report, many countries have completely ‘locked down’,

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What Does The Upcoming Election Mean For The U.K.’s N.H.S.?

As debates between party leaders become more frequent, questions of what is important for the U.K. to consider in the upcoming election are asked. For the past three years, Brexit has dominated political discourse, being arguably the most topical and pressing issue for the U.K.. However, the N.H.S. has maintained

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Disgust At New Home Office UK Settlement Video

In a video on the UK Home Office’s twitter feed on 27 December, the government revealed plans to introduce a policy after Brexit for EU citizens living in the UK to confirm their status and pay to remain in the country. The video outlines the application process, setting out the

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The Crisis Of Homelessness In Austerity Britain

Last week, amidst the ongoing activity and debates surrounding Brexit in parliament, a homeless man named Gyula Remes was found collapsed just yards from a Parliamentary entrance. Despite receiving medical attention, Remes later died in hospital. Given the accounts from a friend, Remes is said to have recently got a

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Freedom Of Press Stifled In Nicaragua Under Ortega Dictatorship

The independent press in Nicaragua continues to be assaulted by the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega and his family. Following anti-government protests which broke out in April, the government initially tried to control coverage through pressure placed upon media bosses to self-censor. However, in recent months, the assault on press freedoms

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Aquarius, The Last Mediterranean Refugee Rescue Ship, Ends Operations Amid Pressure From EU States

Rescue and relief organizations SOS Méditerranée and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have recently announced that they are ending the Aquarius refugee rescue mission in the Mediterranean Sea. This decision followed the two-month halt to operations that Aquarius has endured following the revocation of its registration. 24 people associated with Aquarius have been

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‘Extinction Rebellion’ Block London Bridges In Act Of Resistance

The most pressing global issue facing the whole of humanity is climate change. It is a complex phenomenon, consisting of a variety of multilateral issues and effects, with global impacts implicating virtually every human activity. This has motivated the campaign group ‘Extinction Rebellion’ to encourage global leaders to examine and

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Taliban Attend Peace Talks In Russia

Russia has hosted talks aimed at brokering peace and ending the war in Afghanistan. The peace talks saw Taliban delegates and members of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council (H.P.C.) coming together in Moscow to discuss reconciliation efforts and resolve the destructive conflict that has been ongoing within the country for 17

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The Impact Of The Counter-Terror Agenda On Humanitarian Action

The events of 9/11 dramatically shaped counter-terrorism legislation both in the US and across the globe. Post-9/11, the world became more harshly aware of the pressing dangers that terrorist activity posed. The US, alongside many other Western nations, has since become a prominent force in the development of both domestic

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Indigenous Peoples Day Takes Precedence Over Columbus Day

October the 8th 2018 served as an example of the ever-changing, socio-political and cultural understanding of America’s long held traditions. Since 1934, Columbus Day has been a national holiday, celebrating Columbus’ arrival to what are known today as the Americas. However, in recent years there has been a growing shift

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Fracking Restarts In The U.K. For The First Time In Seven Years

In the past week, exploratory shale gas drilling, otherwise known as ‘fracking’ has begun in the U.K. Fracking involves pumping water, chemical additives, and sand into shale rocks, causing the release of gas that will produce energy. This process may lead to the contamination of  groundwater and may contribute to

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