“Love Trumps Hate”

By Francesca Kelsall Saturday the 21st of January 2017 is certain to go down as a momentous day in the history of human rights. Around the globe, across all seven continents, demonstrations took place as a symbol of strength and unity in protest of the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the … Continue reading “Love Trumps Hate”

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Hell hath no fury like a nasty woman scorned

By Julia Abbiss I’m not a crier. I often feel uncomfortable, even in the company of my closest friends, letting myself break down into the ugliest cry during my darkest of days. But on the morning of November 9th, I found myself sitting on a bench downtown with tears streaming down my already soaked face. … Continue reading Hell hath no fury like a nasty woman scorned

Hard Choices: Trump, Brexit and the Rise of the Far Right

November 8th 2016 is being hailed by some as the greatest day in US political history. The day the people took back power from the “political establishment”. For others, it represents the sadness, disappointment and despair that came with the realisation that an arrogant, divisive and abusive individual was able to rally a majority of … Continue reading Hard Choices: Trump, Brexit and the Rise of the Far Right

Pulling out the pin: Drawing Hezbollah out of Syria

January, 2014. Assad's fall from power is inevitable. His army is haemorrhaging combat power through defections, demoralisation and tactical defeats. The coalition of nationalists and Islamists are cutting a path to Damascus like a scimitar through flesh. Six months later and Assad is not only still in power, but he is regaining territory from the rebels. Something … Continue reading Pulling out the pin: Drawing Hezbollah out of Syria

Saudi Arabia and Iran: Playing with Fire in Petroland

“Aren’t the Saudis your friends?” the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, once asked President Obama. “It’s complicated”, Obama replied. At present the House of Saud has adopted a zero-sum perspective in its relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Kingdom has positioned itself on a path of perpetual antagonism with Tehran and the chances … Continue reading Saudi Arabia and Iran: Playing with Fire in Petroland

Caring for Kenya’s elephants: Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick DBE

World Wildlife Day: 3rd March 2016 In honour of World Wildlife Day, who better to consider than a woman who, in 2006, received a knighthood for her services to the conservation of wildlife. This was the first knighthood to be awarded in Kenya since the country’s independence in 1963. Daphne Sheldrick is now eighty-one years … Continue reading Caring for Kenya’s elephants: Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick DBE

Fire in the Desert: Nimr al-Nimr and the Future of Saudi Arabia

The death of one man in Saudi Arabia last Saturday has poured petrol on the sectarian fire currently engulfing the Middle East. The Saudi Interior Ministry announced last weekend that it had executed 47 people on charges of terrorism and incitement. Among them was Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent Shia cleric from the restive Eastern … Continue reading Fire in the Desert: Nimr al-Nimr and the Future of Saudi Arabia

Into the Jungle

6,000 migrants live in the bitter cold limbo of the Calais 'Jungle.' Volunteering there this weekend at a clinic run by The Hummingbird Project, I was shocked by the inhumane conditions in which these people live so close to home. UNHCR Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan seems luxurious in comparison to the slum-like conditions of the … Continue reading Into the Jungle