Thomas Symes

Trump’s State Visit- Stoking Nationalistic Flames

Large protests are planned as the highly contentious US President, Donald Trump arrives for a state visit in the UK. Trump will be a guest of the Queen during a three day stay culminating  in a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-day.  Trump is seen as a main figurehead […]

Abortion Laws

Prominent figures on the Christian right in the US, ranging from religious figures, well-known authors and elected politicians have warned that the fight over abortion rights could lead to a new civil war. Though such dire predictions are not necessarily new on the extreme right wing in the US, the […]

Will The Declaring Of A Climate Emergency Enact Any Real Change?

The scale of human influence on the planet is startling, if not downright terrifying. We’ve produced enough concrete to cover the Earth with a 2 millimetre layer, enough plastic to cling-film the Earth, we annually produce almost 5 billion livestock. Human activities move more rock and sediment than all natural […]

US Teachers Now Allowed To Carry Firearms: Problem Not A Solution

  With increased incidents of school shootings in America, lawmakers everywhere are deeply concerned with tackling the issue. On Wednesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis passed the bill, allowing teachers who had received training to carry firearms during class, coming into effect on October 1st. Measures have been met with strong […]

Julian Assange: A Martyr Of Journalism

Thursday, 11 April 2019, saw the eventual arrest of Julian Assange, controversial figurehead of Wikileaks by British police. Following his expulsion from the Ecuadorian embassy in London ending his seven-year asylum. He had taken refuge there to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been […]

Increased Clashes Between Israel And Palestine Ahead Of Eurovision Song Contest

Renewed violence in Gaza has left six Palestinians and one Israeli civilian dead after an Israeli airstrike hit a Turkish news agency in Gaza. The recent violence comes as one the most intense exchanges between the two factions in recent years. Increased tensions in the region have led to numerous […]

San Diego Synagogue Shooting: Religious Minorities Scapegoated

Saturday 27th April saw another attack on a religious group at prayer, with a shooting at a synagogue near San Diego, California. This attack marks another instalment in a terrifying saga of attacks on religions places of worship. While worshippers gathered at the Congregation Chabad in Poway on  the last […]

Extinction Rebellion Protests Continue in London

This week, climate protesters from environmental group Extinction Rebellion (XR) have organized large scale protests in a number of cities, grinding them to a halt. The protests aimed to draw attention to government inadequacies in addressing the global climate emergency within critical time frames. XR claims 2,300 people have signed […]

Brunei Enact Law Making Homosexuality Punishable By Stoning

Beginning on April 3rd, new laws came into effect in the small South East Asian kingdom of Brunei, rendering homosexual sex and adultery a crime punishable by stoning to death according to a new penal code, which will be witnessed by a group of Muslims. The Muslim-Majority absolute monarchy will put […]

Met Chief Links Rising Violent Crime In UK To Police Cuts

Last Tuesday Met Office Chief, Cressida Dick, acknowledged there may be “some link” between police numbers on the streets and knife crime, contradicting statements made by the PM. In Salisbury, on the anniversary of the Novichok attack on the Skripal’s, Theresa May stated there to be no link between police […]