Is Pokemon Go The Answer To Our Obesity Crisis?

Yasin Fatine Culture and Arts, Discussion

The world is currently going through a craze on an unprecedented scale. Pokemon Go is a mobile phone game that requires the user to find and catch ‘Pocket Monsters’ in a virtual world using ‘pokeballs’, and then training these creatures up and evolving them to battle with other players’ Pokemon. Same as any other fantasy handheld game you say? Well, no. …

We must not abandon Tunisia

Nora Hamdi Discussion, Middle East/North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Tunisia, World Politics

Tunisia is of vital importance to the democratic principles that we all hold dear. It is the only country from the Arab Spring that has successfully seen a transition from dictatorship to a true democracy through free and fair elections. The country now sees genuine political debate and discussion, and the plurality of political parties is reminiscent of the freedom we enjoy in Europe. As a result, this country should be supported with all we have to offer…

Cameron’s Great Escape

Yousef Teclab Discussion, United Kingdom

As the dust settles after a night and day of high drama David Cameron has the seats required to form a Conservative majority government. It certainly has been an unpredictable 24 hours. The results have been drastically different to the countless polls which put the Conservatives and Labour neck at neck. So what happened?

British politics is boring – and that is dangerous

Sami Hamdi Discussion, UK

With only just about two thirds of eligible voters actually voting in the 2001, 2005 and 2010 general elections (59.4%, 61.3%, 65.0% respectively) as well as a lack of genuine public interest in the politics, policies, and characters of the protagonists in our political system, it begs the question as to whether the real problem with politics is not the …

Three Muslim students killed in extremist attack – where is the media uproar?

Soumaya Hamdi Discussion, US, World Politics

Three young Muslim students have been shot dead in their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, by self-proclaimed ‘anti-theist’ Craig Hicks, 46. The victims are recently wedded Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and his sister-in-law Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. As more information emerges about this horrific attack in a quiet neighbourhood, a deafening silence can …

Reflections on Microaggressions

ArmanOsmany Culture and Arts, Discussion, UK

In 2011, the National Union of Students (NUS) published the Race for Equality report. The report, which was the result of two years’ worth of research, highlighted many issues Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) students faced within the UK’s Higher Education system. In 2012, work began in order to advance race equality nationwide namely in the form of the Race …

Choking Justice: Eric Garner and Directionless Dialogue

Ismail Qaiyim Discussion, US, World Politics

Amid widespread protests, U.S. Department of Justice investigations into state police departments, and abundant media coverage, the only commonality concerning the implications of unarmed police killings in American society is an ironic and confounding lack of consensus. There is a schism between those that unconditionally support the police and others that are calling for complete policing reforms. Then there is …

Interview with Laura Kasinof, author of ‘Don’t be Afraid of the Bullets: An Accidental War Correspondent in Yemen’

Sami Hamdi Discussion, Documentaries/Videos, Middle East/North Africa, Yemen

On 9 December 2014, Editor Sami Hamdi interviewed Laura Kasinof, a freelance journalist whose work focuses on the Middle East. From 2011-2012, Kasinof reported for the New York Times from Yemen, covering anti-government protests and conflict that was part of the political upheaval unfolding across the Arab World. Kasinof has recently authored her new book Don’t be Afraid of the …