Author: Olivia Abbott

Rethinking Remembrance Day: Unpacking Memory, Identity And War

Remembrance Sunday originated out of a national desire to commemorate British troops that died in WWI. In the years following 1919, Armistice Day ceremonies were used to promote the message that “never again” should we engage in the brutality and futility of war. At this time, the grief caused by

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Human Rights Activists In Afghanistan Are Under Increased Attack, Amnesty International Report States

In a briefing released on the 28th August Amnesty International reported that Afghanistan’s human rights community are under increased attacks from the authorities and armed groups. The report Defenseless Defenders: Attacks on Afghanistan’s Human Rights Community, claims activists and human rights defenders face intensifying intimidation, harassment, threats and violence. In September

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U.N. Demands U.K. Relinquishes Control Of Chagos Islands

On 22 May 2019, the U.N. passed a non-binding resolution demanding the U.K. to return control of the Chagos Islands to Mauritius. Approved by 116 votes to 6, the British occupation of the islands has been rendered unlawful. The resolution was opposed by the U.S., Australia, Hungary, Israel and the

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U.K. Parliament Declares Climate Emergency

British MP’s have approved a motion declaring an environment and climate emergency. The motion had been called by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who considered the motion “a huge step forward”. The government’s action comes after Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests, which managed to successfully block off major areas of London

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Donald Trump Uses 9/11 Footage In Attack On Muslim Congresswoman

Donald Trump has used footage of the 9/11 attacks to personally attack Muslim congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, on Twitter in his latest act of xenophobia. Trump tweeted a video including a statement made by Omar during a speech to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (Cair) on 23 March, whereby in reference

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Egyptian Photojournalist Shawkan Released After Five Years Imprisonment

Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, also known as Shawkan, was released on 4 March 2019 after being held in Egyptian detention on anti-state charges. Shawkan served a five-year prison sentence for his alleged involvement in a Muslim Brotherhood protest in Cairo on 14 August 2013. His subsequent arrest was coordinated

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Bangladesh Proposes A ‘Safe Zone’ For Rohingya Refugees

Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister, Ak Abdul Momen, has proposed establishing a ‘safe zone’ for Rohingya Refugees in Myanmar. In an interview with media reporters in Dhaka last Sunday, Momen declared that Bangladesh expected to work with China, Russia and India in order to tackle the Rohingya refugee crisis. Under the supervision

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