Author: Ellen Holmes

How We Portray Women In The Media Is A Mirror to Everyday Society

For decades, we have seen the vilification of women in the media, however recently this has come to the forefront of conversation once again with the release of “Framing Britney Spears,” the New York Times made documentary examining the popstars life in the public eye. While Britney Spears has been

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Argentina’s Lower House Passes Bill To Legalize Abortion

Argentina is set to become the most populated Latin American country to legalize abortion, after a vote by the lower house of 131 to 117 in favour of the legislation put forward by President Alberto Fernández. The bill which would legalize abortion up to 14 weeks, passed after a 20-hour

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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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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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