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18.12.2020

Juukan Gorge: how could they not have known? (And how can we be sure they will in future?)

Juukan Gorge: how could they not have known? (And how can we be sure they will in future?)

How could they not have known? That was the question on everyone’s lips after leaders of the Australian defence force claimed not to have known about the atrocities committed by special forces in Afghanistan. It is now being asked about the leadership of Rio Tinto after that company ignored the wishes… »

16.12.2020

Five things we learned about Dutch parents during the pandemic – new research

Five things we learned about Dutch parents during the pandemic – new research

The Netherlands has entered into its strictest lockdown to date, with a new round of school and daycare closures. This will undoubtedly have an impact on parents around the country, who must once again juggle home schooling with work and childcare. We have seen this before. Like many countries in Europe,… »

13.12.2020

Confronting colonial legacies in London’s ‘Little India’

Confronting colonial legacies in London’s ‘Little India’

Addressing the legacies of colonialism and slavery has been a prominent narrative throughout 2020. A number of calls to recognise, remove, rename, repatriate, and redress have underlined the extent to which Britain’s history of slavery and colonial exploitation are woven into, and layered over, the… »

09.12.2020

EU court case sees British citizen seek post-Brexit rights in France

EU court case sees British citizen seek post-Brexit rights in France

A UK citizen who has been living in France for 36 years has brought a case to the Court of Justice of the European Union that could have profound implications for British people living in European countries after Brexit. The woman is hoping to retain some citizenship rights after… »

05.12.2020

Children’s climate change case at the European Court of Human Rights: what’s at stake?

Children’s climate change case at the European Court of Human Rights: what’s at stake?

The European Court of Human Rights finally has the opportunity to take on climate change. And it is taking it seriously, thanks to a group of 8 to 21-year-olds. In September 2020, four children and two young adults from Portugal – all witness to the extreme heat and wildfires… »

30.11.2020

‘Narwhal tusk hero’ still backs rehabilitation, a year on from London Bridge attacks

‘Narwhal tusk hero’ still backs rehabilitation, a year on from London Bridge attacks

November 29 2019 was meant to be a day of celebration for those involved in the Learning Together programme – an initiative which brings people in prisons together with people from higher education institutions. There are many inspiring stories about prisoners who changed their lives after participating in programmes of… »

27.11.2020

Maradona: why the English can’t let go of the Hand of God and Latin Americans love it

Maradona: why the English can’t let go of the Hand of God and Latin Americans love it

The death of the greatest player in the history of the game of Association Football, Diego Armando Maradona, on 25 November produced an outpouring of grief and nostalgia around the world. He was such an important figure in his native Argentina that the president declared three days of mourning. In… »

25.11.2020

Young people reveal the struggles of lockdown – and how they coped

Young people reveal the struggles of lockdown – and how they coped

The COVID-19 lockdown upturned the lives of teenagers at a time when they are usually becoming more independent and taking steps toward their future. Instead, they were confined to their homes, exams were cancelled, and their next steps looked suddenly less certain. Our research on the TELL Study – Teenagers’ Experiences… »

19.11.2020

Solve suffering by blowing up the universe? The dubious philosophy of human extinction

Solve suffering by blowing up the universe? The dubious philosophy of human extinction

At a time when humans are threatening the extinction of so many other species, it might not seem so surprising that some people think that the extinction of our own species would be a good thing. Take, for example, the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, whose founder believes that… »

18.11.2020

Massive project on African DNA sets out to close the knowledge gap on mental illness

Massive project on African DNA sets out to close the knowledge gap on mental illness

In July 2009, a woman brought her husband to the hospital where our colleagues work in western Kenya. She reported that for several years he had been behaving abnormally, sleeping poorly, hearing voices that no one else could hear, and believing that people were talking about him and plotting to… »

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