Olivia Abbott

About Olivia Abbott

is a Politics and International Relations graduate from The University of Manchester. Interested in researching War and Conflict, Western Foreign Policy in the Middle East, and Environmental Politics. In her writing for the OWP, she aims to reflect these interests and the wider goal of achieving world peace.

Police arrest over 800 activists as Extinction Rebellion protests in London continue

Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests in London started on Monday, 7th of October as part of the International Rebellion. The rebellion, involving groups of activists in countries across the globe, is a unified protest against the lack of direct action taken by governments in addressing the environmental crisis. The environmental pressure […]

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 […]

Fear And Racism In The White House: Trump’s Racist Attacks On ‘The Squad’ Expose The President’s Fear Of Progressive Politics

Over the past couple of weeks, President Trump has articulated numerous racist attacks towards rightful citizens of the United States. The vicious spiral of hate begun on 14 July on Twitter, as Trump first attacked four Democratic congresswomen – all women of colour – by demanding that they “go back […]

News Images Of War: Suggestions To Facilitate A Meaningful Audience Response

How often, when people look for information, do they turn to images? In almost every online search, the resulting information is accompanied by an image. Whether it is a story on your newsfeed, an online article, a book or an organization’s website⁠—information and images are intertwined. When engaging with political […]

“UNHCR Secures Release Of 96 Detainees From Libya’s Zintan Detention Centre”. UNHCR: Saviour Or Culprit?

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported on the 4th of June that it had secured the “release of 96 detainees from Libya’s Zintan detention centre.” The UNHCR claims to have relocated these “detainees” to a “Gathering and Departure Facility” in Tripoli, where they wait to be evacuated […]

‘Rubbish Wars’: South-East Asia Contests Western Approach to Recycling

When we think of war, we often think of violent battles, militaries, human casualty and death. Few would consider tonnes of waste a potential catalyst for inter-state conflict. Fewer would accept environmental injustice a war crime. Yet, in the current era of mass consumption and increasing demand for single-use products, […]

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 […]

Research Finds 414 Million Pieces Of Plastic On Islands In Indian Ocean

An accumulation of 414 million pieces of plastic has been uncovered on the shores of the Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean. The island group is located 2100 km off the north-western coast of Australia, with a population of 600. Plastic and debris weighing up to 238 tonnes were found […]

U.K. Parliament Declares Climate Emergency 1

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 […]

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 […]