Europe


Britain Imposes New Sanctions Over Human Rights Abuses

Britain imposed sanctions on a group of foreign nationals for alleged human rights abuses last week as part of a new post-Brexit rights regime that follows the 2012 U.S. Magnitsky Act. Following the U.K.’s withdrawal from the European Union in January, Downing Street regained the ability to individually impose sanctions, rather […]


The Embeddedness Of Institutional Racism In British Higher Education: David Starkey Resigns As Honorary Fellow Of Cambridge

The renowned British historian, David Starkey, was recently forced to resign from his position as honorary fellow of Fitzwilliam College at Cambridge University; a result of the appalling and racist views that he advocated regarding past colonial practices of the British Empire. Starkey’s controversial view of slavery resulted in widespread […]


Russian Journalist Escapes Jail Time As Public Pressure Continues To Rise

In a very politicized court case this week, a Russian judge may have set the foundation for a freer Russian media going forward. In the case of Svetlana Prokopyeva, a Russian freelance journalist for the United States funded company Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, was found guilty of justifying a recent […]


Polish President Proposes Constitutional Ban On LGBTQ Adoption Amid Close Election Race

On Monday, Polish President Andrzej Duda proposed an amendment to the Polish constitution that would bar same-sex couples from adopting children. The move comes as candidates for the upcoming presidential election are polling neck-and-neck. Rafał Trzaskowski, the candidate running against the Civic Platform (PO) party and incumbent President Duda, announced […]


A Meal Deal Over A New Deal? A View On The U.K. Chancellor’s Summer Statement

The U.K. Chancellor for the Exchequer Rishi Sunak yesterday unveiled a £30 billion pound summer economic package, in an attempt to help reboot the British economy during the Coronavirus pandemic. This so-called “mini-budget” includes a job retention bonus for employers after the government’s job retention scheme ends in October, a […]


Culture War Over Black Lives Matters and Statues Fuelling Britain’s Far-Right 1

Far-right groups in Britain have seen a resurgence in recent weeks in response to the global Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Sara Khan, Britain’s first counter-extremism commissioner, has said that far-right activists have spread white supremacist narratives and incited hate online by taking advantage of the BLM protests.  In June, […]


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 […]


Golden lion statues sit upon fenceposts in front of a London legal building.

Britain Imposes Sanctions on Individuals Accused of Human Rights Abuses

On Monday the 6th of July, the United Kingdom imposed sanctions on a number of individuals accused of human rights abuses, including 25 Russian and 20 Saudi nationals. This is the first time that the United Kingdom has been able to impose asset freezes and visa bans independently – previously, […]


Millions Of Hongkongers Now Able To Emigrate Easier Into The United Kingdom

United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new rules allowing Hong Kong citizens holding a British National Overseas passport to emigrate into the U.K., in retaliation to a new set of security laws imposed on Hong Kong residents that he deemed undemocratic and unfair. Under the new rules, Hong Kong […]


Global Anti-Racist Movements Attack Pillars Of Empire

COVID-19 – 2020’s fulcrum event – has inflamed decades of anger on racial inequality and injustice, triggered by the heinous murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Department. Floyd’s death was the tipping point after a series of police murders of Black Americans in recent months. News of the […]


Tension Between Fallacy And Truth: The Case Of MP Rebecca Long-Bailey’s Departure From The Labour Party In British Politics

On June 25th, the U.K. Shadow Education Secretary, Rebecca Long-Bailey, was requested to step down from her position by the leader of the Labour Party, Keir Starmer. Long-Bailey had retweeted an interview with British actress Maxine Peak on Twitter that included a statement claiming that tactics used by U.S. police forces […]