Ross Gibson

About Ross Gibson

Ross is a recent graduate of the University of Manchester, where he studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics. His main areas of interest are climate change issues, inequality, democracy, non-violent conflict resolution, and critical approaches to international relations.

Russia Arrests Hundreds As Crackdown On Pro-Democracy Protests Continues

Police in Moscow arrested hundreds over the weekend as the Kremlin continued its crackdown on recent protests calling for free elections in the city. At least 828 people were arrested according to independent monitoring group OVD-info. Russian police presented the lower figure of 600 arrests, with 1,500 protestors in attendance, […]

Narendra Modi’s Victory Prompts Concerns For India’s Muslim Minority 1

On 23rd May, Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were declared the victors of the 2019 Indian general election – a result that many fear will worsen the country’s struggles with sectarian violence. The BJP party won 303 of 545 seats available, increasing its majority and securing a […]

UN Report Slams U.K.’s Treatment Of The Poorest In Society

The U.K.’s treatment of the poorest in its society leaves them facing lives that are “solitary, nasty, brutish, and short” according to a report by the UN’s special rapporteur on poverty and human rights. In his final report on the impact of the last decade’s austerity policies on human rights […]

Sri Lanka Suffers Wave Of Anti-Muslim Violence In The Wake Of Easter Bombings

Sri Lanka has suffered a wave of anti-Muslim violence in wake of the Easter bombings. The 21 April attacks, claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), targeted churches and hotels killing more than 250 people and injuring over 500. Since then, Sri Lanka’s Muslim population has […]

The UK Can End Its Contribution To Climate Change By 2050, Report Government Advisors. But Is This Soon Enough? 1

The UK can end its contribution to global warming by 2050, the government’s official climate change advisor has claimed in a report released last week. The Committee on Climate Change’s report, commissioned by the British government in 2018, explains that the UK can reach “net zero emissions” by 2050 using […]

Hungary Systematically Starving Asylum-Seekers At Its Border

Hungary is systematically starving denied asylum-seekers at its border transit zones, according to the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, a Budapest-based human rights group. Those within these transit zones — the small detention areas on the border with Serbia — who have seen their claim for asylum rejected, are then denied food, […]

‘Extinction Rebellion’ And Climate Change: Is Civil Disobedience The Way Forward?

On April 15th, the climate protest group Extinction Rebellion launched their ‘International Rebellion’ campaign. The group, formed in 2018, aims to “minimise the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse” through “non-violent civil disobedience”. The ongoing campaign has seen them cause significant disruption in central London, temporarily shutting down key […]

U.S. Congress Votes To End Involvement In Yemeni Civil War

On Thursday the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution to end U.S. involvement in the ongoing Yemeni Civil War. The conflict, which began in 2015 following an attempted takeover of the nation by Houthi rebels, has led to what the UN has called “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.” Since […]

Trump Recognizes Israeli Claim To Golan Heights In Move With Worrying Implications For Israel-Palestine Peace Process 1

President Donald Trump has officially recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, in a move that could have dire consequences for the Middle East peace process. Trump claims that recognizing Israel’s claim to the land, seized from Syria in 1967, was a move of “critical strategic and security importance.” Yet, […]

World Leaders Gather At UN Environment Assembly To Address Solutions For Sustainable Consumption

Two weeks ago,  the United Nations Environment Assembly, the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment comprising 4,700 delegates from 170 countries gathered for a week-long summit in Nairobi, Kenya.  At the top of the agenda was the issue of sustainable consumption. Joyce Msuya, acting head of UN Environment stressed […]