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29.04.2021

Defending our forests

Defending our forests

Are Rights of Nature the answer to our ecological crises? In 2020, felling of ancient woodlands had begun along the planned route of the UK’s new HS2 high-speed rail line. At Jones’ Hill Wood in Buckinghamshire – the literary inspiration for Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book Fantastic Mr Fox –… »

20.04.2021

Rights experts condemn UK racism report attempting to ‘normalize white supremacy’

Rights experts condemn UK racism report attempting to ‘normalize white supremacy’

UN independent human rights experts on Monday denounced a government-backed report into racism in the United Kingdom, saying that it further distorted and falsified historical facts, and could even fuel racism and racial discrimination. “In 2021, it is stunning to read a report on race and ethnicity that repackages racist… »

13.04.2021

Prince Philip’s death has been the perfect excuse for the global elite to remind the rest of us of our place in the world

Prince Philip’s death has been the perfect excuse for the global elite to remind the rest of us of our place in the world

By Dr Lisa McKenzie – Dr Lisa McKenzie is a working-class academic. She grew up in a coal-mining town in Nottinghamshire and became politicized through the 1984 miners’ strike with her family. At 31, she went to the University of Nottingham and did an undergraduate degree in sociology. Dr McKenzie… »

06.04.2021

Boris Johnson’s ‘discriminatory’ vaccine passport plan in trouble as Labour and Tory rebels unite in opposition

Boris Johnson’s ‘discriminatory’ vaccine passport plan in trouble as Labour and Tory rebels unite in opposition

Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a significant defeat in the House of Commons after the Labour Party warned it will join Conservative Party rebels to oppose “discriminatory” plans to introduce Covid vaccine passports. The UK government is facing mounting opposition from backbench MPs and members of the Labour Party over… »

04.03.2021

Waste not, want not

Waste not, want not

Brendan Montague The Food Waste Index Report 2021 looks at food waste that occurs in retail outlets, restaurants and homes. A staggering 931 million tonnes of food – 17 percent of total food available to consumers in 2019 – went into the waste bins of households, retailers, restaurants and other food… »

24.02.2021

From Eritrea to Tanzania, the world’s strictest – and most – relaxed lockdowns

From Eritrea to Tanzania, the world’s strictest – and most – relaxed lockdowns

Jennifer Bell A year into the coronavirus pandemic, and some remote parts of the world remain in some of the strictest lockdowns to curb the spread of the virus, according to the Government Response Stringency Index developed at Oxford University. The platform… »

02.01.2021

UK and Spain reach last-minute agreement on Gibraltar border, before Brexit kicks in

UK and Spain reach last-minute agreement on Gibraltar border, before Brexit kicks in

Britain and Spain have reached an agreement on their border at Gibraltar, according to Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya. The agreement will see the rocky peninsula join the EU’s Schengen zone. With the UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the European Union set to begin on New Year’s Day, British and… »

21.12.2020

Coronavirus new variant – genomics researcher answers key questions

Coronavirus new variant – genomics researcher answers key questions

A new variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, is thought to be driving increased transmission of the disease in parts of the UK. The government has placed some regions including London under new, stricter coronavirus restrictions, known as Tier 4. People in Tier 4 areas will… »

21.12.2020

“Universities have turned into landlords”: UK students plan biggest rent strike in 40 years

“Universities have turned into landlords”: UK students plan biggest rent strike in 40 years

By Sara Mohammadi Students from at least 20 universities across Britain are planning to to go on rent strike when they return from the Christmas break – unless their universities agree to negotiate on rent reductions. They insist that they should not be made to… »

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… »

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