Author: Ruth Foran

Racial Profiling At The University Of Manchester

The University of Manchester has come under severe scrutiny over the course of the last month due to an alleged incident of racial profiling against a student attempting to enter their student accommodation. Footage released on social media on November 15th shows a security guard detaining a student against a

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Remembering John Hume

“Over the years, the barriers of the past—the distrust and prejudices of the past—will be eroded, and a new society will evolve, a new Ireland based on agreement and respect for difference.” – John Hume. John Hume, aged 83, died this week and his tremendous efforts in the fight for

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Scotland: First Country in the World to Include LGBT Education

Scotland is set to become the first country in the world to introduce LGBTQ+ inclusive lessons into the school curriculum. In 2021, all public schools will teach lessons about the LGBTQ+ community such as same-sex marriage, same-sex parenting, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and HIV/AIDS epidemic. “Scotland is already considered one of

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U.K. Revision Of The Domestic Abuse Bill

On June 30th, the U.K. government published a new clause in its Domestic Abuse bill which outlaws the ‘rough-sex’ defence. This was a property that was previously in place which enabled men to avoid murder charges on the grounds of ‘rough-sex gone wrong.’ The amendment will come into effect later

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Civil Rights Law To Protect LGBT And Transgender Workers In The U.S.

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday, June 15th, that a landmark civil rights law protects gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination, thus handing the movement for L.G.B.T. equality both an outstanding, yet unexpected, victory. “Ours is a society of written laws. An employer who fires an individual merely for

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The Isle Of A Thousand Welcomes: Racism In Ireland

George Floyd. A name that has become familiar to people from all walks of life. At approximately 8:00 pm on May 25th in Minneapolis, the police were called on an unarmed black man. The next 8 minutes and 46 seconds of his life would be his last. Millions watched the

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China’s Tightening Grip: Hong Kong Security Plan Approved

Fear has been evoked into the citizens of Hong Kong as a result of the Chinese parliament approving national security legislation. On Thursday May 28th, the country’s legislature approved a plan to suppress secession, subversion, terrorism and seemingly any acts that may threaten national security in the semiautonomous city. Beijing

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Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand’s Most Popular Prime Minister

Tallying the results of recent polls, it has become clear that Jacinda Ardern is New Zealand’s most successful prime minister in a century. Ardern’s Labour Party jumped 14 points to 56.5 per cent in the first poll since the coronavirus outbreak – the highest of any party throughout New Zealand’s

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A Change Of Immigration Rules in Northern Ireland

In 2015, Emma De Souza applied for a residence card for her U.S.-born husband, making the application using her Irish passport. De Souza, who grew up in County Londonderry, had her application rejected from the Home Office on the grounds of deeming De Souza a British citizen, despite never having

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Nayib Bukele: A Threat To El Salvador’s Democracy

When casting their votes, Salvadorians took a leap of faith when electing Nayib Bukele as president. Strictly speaking, he was a political outsider: a millennial who had run his campaign largely over social media and offered few concrete details about how he would govern. Voters were hoping that he would

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Unwanted Unrest: Poland’s Internal Pandemic

Unmoved by the commotion of a global pandemic, the Polish government is continuing to work and vote on a regressive legislation that would restrict sexual and reproductive health rights, as well as putting the lives of women and adolescents at risk. Poland’s parliament voted on Thursday 16th April 2020 to

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Scotland’s Way Forward: Visibility For The Transgender Community

Every year on 31 March, Transgender Day of Visibility is celebrated to honour the transgender community across the globe and recognize the challenges they face. Albeit an important day, what is questionable is how much it truly represents the community it strives to exhibit. Although we experience an explosion of

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