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  • UK immigration detention policy reveals Government contempt for human rights

    In September the UK Government faced criticism from human rights groups for failing to back a series of recommendations by the UN Human Rights Council. UN officials made a total of 229 recommendations on UK policy and law which aim to strengthen human rights outcomes, but the Government said...
  • It’s time that the concept of militarisation is held up to scrutiny

    Campaigning for disarmament so far has focused on nuclear weapons, with President Trump and Kim Jong-un’s recent public threats of war reigniting the public interest in the issue. But while just nine countries in the world have nuclear weapons, the majority of the world’s countries have military forces, and...
  • Dear Prime Minister

    In my review of 2016 for WiB I concluded that ‘We shouldn’t be holding our breath to see what happens in 2017, we need to fight side-by-side building upon existing struggles and as Antonio Gramsci suggests, be pessimistic in our thinking, optimistic in our wills and never afraid to stand...
  • The words on my mind

    “The words one whispers into the gourd are concealed in it forever.” – Nigerian proverb Luqman Onikosi immigrated to the United Kingdom (UK) from Nigeria in 2007 to pursue his education at Sussex University. When I contacted him to request an interview, he shared this Nigerian adage and pointed...
  • Keep your friends close

    In what some will see as the latest step in the political ladder to Cold War version 2.0, Russia has been denied a place on the UN’s Human Rights Council after the UN General Assembly failed to vote for it as one of 14 new members. Brazil, China, Cuba,...
  • The rules of dis-engagement

    Yemen is a country in the grip of a civil war, which has far reaching implications, not just for its regional neighbours, but also for the Western powers that have long sought supremacy in the battle to claim the spoils of their Middle Eastern pie.  For the UK, these implications...
  • Brexit: a crisis for the establishment?

    The curious thing leading up to Britain’s decision to exit the EU was the distinct lack of real choice, despite the vastly opposing consequences of the two options on the ballot paper. One side told us to reject the established norms of globalisation, to take back control of our...
  • The Ayes to the Right

    On Thursday morning Britain woke to a new and sombre reality following the UK Parliament’s decision to allow its air force to join the USA, France and others in conducting airstrikes in Syria – our fourth war in 13 years and with the catastrophe of the last three still...
  • Anarchy in the UK

    The English dictionary defines anarchy as: “A state of disorder due to absence or non. Recognition of authority or other controlling systems” In a conservative England, this is exactly the message that Sex Pistols wanted to get across. Panic, Mess, rebellion. Anarchy in the U.K. is a song by...