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A Machismo culture – one of aggressive masculinity which has the potential to breed toxic expectations of men and equally harmful attitudes towards and treatment of women – is deeply-entrenched in many Latin American societies. However, the recent wave of unprecedented student mobilisation and civil disobedience rooted in feminist ideals...

by Hannah Marsh The Zanzibar-born British artist Lubaina Himid (b.1954) made a historical mark on the British art canon in 2017 by becoming the first Black woman to win the Turner prize, acknowledging her ground-breaking practice of channelling the intrinsic value of Black lives. In her work, Himid celebrates the...

by Tilly Brogan In 2010, a journalist recounted an experience she had while living in Andalucía. At the beginning the constant staring didn’t bother me. I was foreign, I looked completely different. But when you’re trying to fit in and feel at home in a new place, standing out makes...

by Abhaya Ganashree The narratives of inclusion and diversity were very much at the centre of ongoing debates in the UK when I first moved here. Immigration, discrimination and inequality were being widely discussed as always, but now with increased fervour after the Brexit referendum. In the few years since...

by Hugo Jones The picture of Bill Clinton standing between Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin on the Whitehouse lawn in 1993 captures the zeitgeist of hope unique to that period in history. Twenty-five years later, ‘Oslo’ is a dirty word in the occupied territories, and many look back at the...

by Siddharth Jayaprakash It is no revelation to assert that freedom of speech has taken a beating from popular political uprisings recently. A major issue is influential politicians deriding fact-finding institutions like the media as ‘fake news’ outlets and hence not to be trusted. However, such statements are protected by...

by Nathan Olsen Academic literature on universal human rights has existed since the Enlightenment and the works of Kant. In stark contrast, scholarship concerning ‘security studies’ has only existed since the start of the Cold War. However, the relatively recent combination of these two projects to form the concept of...

by Vaiva Norkunaite Photo story by the photographer, Vaiva Norkunaite, a second year BA Digital Media student who spent 3 months volunteering in Cambodia with VSO ICS “working in a cross-cultural environment, living in a local family, communicating with and without words.”

by Maria Busuioc When we speak of genocide, most people think of brutal mass killings on racial or religious grounds, having the image of the Holocaust or Armenian genocide still vivid in our minds. But this is not the only type of genocide that society has observed over the years....

by Hannah Nagar In the wake of the new year, a plan has been announced in Israel to deport illegal immigrants from Eritrea and Sudan to a Third country – either Rwanda or Uganda – with $3,500 and a plane ticket, or be imprisoned indefinitely (Middle East Eye, 2018). This...