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Cops on campus are a threat to students of colour

Cops on campus are a threat to students of colour

The June 2020 BLM protests in London. Photo credit: Socialist Appeal Catalysed by the brutal police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, 2020 was a year of unprecedented anti-racist mobilisation, including in the UK. Protests here sparked a range of responses, from...

GM ‘designer babies’: breakthrough or nightmare?

GM ‘designer babies’: breakthrough or nightmare?

Photo: Lunar Caustic In late 2018, when He Jiankui announced that he had created the world’s first genetically modified (GM) babies, part of the worldwide outrage was motivated by the hope that we would not have to deal with this issue for at least ten years. Since...

‘Smart’ borders and the surveillance of refugees

‘Smart’ borders and the surveillance of refugees

A remote surveillance camera along the US-Mexico border fence in southern Texas, 2013 (Credit: Donna Burton) The digital transformation of our world has impacted all areas of life, and migration is no exception. Social media platforms and map or translation apps on...

Little Amal, Channel deaths and cruelty by design

Little Amal, Channel deaths and cruelty by design

Candles outside the Home Office during a #SolidarityKnowsNoBorders vigil. Photo by Angela Christofilou At least 27 people drowned on the cold night of 24 November, as they made their final journey to what was supposed to be their safe place; the end of a nightmare and...

Solidarity with striking lecturers is the only way students win

Solidarity with striking lecturers is the only way students win

The UCU ‘Four Fights’ campaign, explained here, is running concurrent with a pensions dispute Plastered around forums popular with UK university students are messages of discontent; over the amount of money they’re paying, with their workload, with Covid-19 related...

Dawn Foster memorial essay prize

Dawn Foster memorial essay prize

Dawn Foster (1986-2021) was a brilliant and fearless working-class journalist who told the stories of those whose housing situation all too often left them voiceless. [You can read more about Dawn and her journalism here, here and here.] In her memory, HCI Skills...

The Fate of Teesside’s Industrial Heritage

The Fate of Teesside’s Industrial Heritage

The Dorman Long tower prior to its demolition (Credit: George Walker) When I went home earlier this year to visit my family, my mum was keen for us to take a walk to see something of great importance to our region and background before, as she feared, it would be...

Apathy or strategy in Chile’s decisive election

Apathy or strategy in Chile’s decisive election

Police surveil protests in Santiago. Credit: Daniel Espinosa Guzman The twists and turns in Chile’s recent political rollercoaster has thrown up another shock as far-right candidate Jose Antonio Kast is being touted by some pollsters as most likely to win this week’s...

Remembering Greenham Common

Remembering Greenham Common

Photo Credit: NBCU. Mothers of the Revolution is available now to watch on digital download. The public alert system put in place during the Cold War gave British citizens four minutes to save themselves from nuclear annihilation. On the other side of the Atlantic,...

On feminist translation and learning from past struggles

On feminist translation and learning from past struggles

Environmental activist Wangari Maathai. Photo: Gianluigi Guercia I joined the Kenyan feminist movement in my 20s, inspired by the Women’s Conference in Nairobi in 1985  and by powerful women’s and other progressive movements around the world. I was lucky to be living...

Fighting cuts to debt advice

Fighting cuts to debt advice

Image: Unite Debt Advice Network Debt advice is a crucial public service that provides a lifeline for people drowning in debt. However, proposals to change how debt advice is funded and delivered are threatening massive job losses and cuts to support services across...

Banned words and racism in schools

Banned words and racism in schools

Pimlico Academy, where students protested racist and discriminatory policies in March 2021. Credit: ClemRutter In September 2021, a school in South London attracted media attention for its prohibitive policy on spoken language, which targeted a number of linguistic...