An image of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the site of the Charleston shooting.

America needs to talk about its attitude towards guns and race

The big political players in the US, the ones that normally comment so loudly after a major incident, have so far been unusually quiet in response to the shooting of nine black members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston by Dylann Roof. Take, for example, the National Rifle Association. After the shooting at…

Protestors at a Fossil Free demonstration.

Vice Chancellor responds to fossil free UEA petition

David Richardson, the UEA vice-chancellor, has responded to an open letter signed by almost 100 UEA academics calling for the university to divest from its financial connections with fossil fuel companies. The open letter describes the university “a pioneer of environmentally responsible policy and practice” but it insists that the institution “must also look to ensure…

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Whilst white supremacy exists, racial fluidity cannot

A curious story surfaced recently, when the parents of Rachel Dolezal, an American civil rights activist, revealed their daughter to be a white woman ‘passing’ as black. With racist ideology still embedded in American society, this triggered a national conversation, raising issues which I will aim to address as respectfully as a white, British, cisgender…

England midfielder and record caps holder, Fara Williams.

Women’s World Cup: England 2-1 Canada

England reached the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup for the first time in their history as goals from Jodie Taylor and Lucy Bronze fired the Lionesses past host nation Canada. The game could hardly have started better for England as two early goals proved too much for Canada to overturn. Jodie Taylor opened the…

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Tunisia: A country striving for normality

In January 2011 Tunisia witnessed the birth of the Arab Spring. After 22 years of tyranny under the rule of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali the people of this country in the North of Africa took to the streets to start a revolution against their leader in the hope of liberal democracy. Unlike just about…

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