Freedom.

Meet Jack Smith...

Dr Siema Iqbal | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK
Dr Siema Iqbal

It wasn't the first time Jack had been stopped. It was almost an airport ritual now, alongside collecting his luggage off the carousel, he came to expect hours of questioning. Jack again, joined the 500,000 that have been stopped under the Schedule 7 Act (2000) and detained, humiliated and questioned since it was introduced yet 99.98% of those stopped are never charged with an offence.

What Advice Would You Give Your Best Friend?

Hanni Melnicenko | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Hanni Melnicenko

Imagine the scenario.... (You probably won't have to stretch the imagination too far since most of us have been a confidant for our friends at some point in our lives)...

Set Boundaries For More Freedom

Hanni Melnicenko | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Hanni Melnicenko

I understand that people all have their own stories, their own standards and that my issue here was with my own lack of boundaries NOT with him or his.

Lessons On Transformation Come From Unexpected Sources

Leigh Daniel | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Daniel

I was in Akumal, Mexico and learned that it was the season to see turtles hatch and make their perilous journey to the sea. The experience was unforgettable because in watching those little creatures struggle for the water, I saw myself and how everyone's journey to transformation can be fraught with pitfalls and traps. But more on that in a minute. Let's get back to the night of the turtles....

Is It Reasonable To Appeal To The Conscience Of Corrupt Officials And To Dream Of Having Honest Political Leaders?

Karmak Bagisbayev | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Politics
Karmak Bagisbayev

In robbing their own people, corrupt presidents, ministers and officials are fulfilling the instinct of gene preservation which is inherent in human nature, i.e. they are taking care of their own children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. It is reasonable to appeal to the conscience of corrupt officials and to dream of having honest political leaders?

You Are Not What You Think You Are

Miranda Adams | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Miranda Adams

Often we can go through life identifying with our thoughts, our habits of thinking and believe this is the truth, that this is who we are, when this is not actually the case. Thoughts are just thoughts, they are not who we are and by accumulation of these thoughts we create behaviours and subsequent identities.

If We Are To Defeat The Trump Ideology, We Must Understand What 'Freedom' Really Means

Damir Rafi | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Politics
Damir Rafi

When British gymnast Louis Smith was seen mocking Islam in a video, he was sent death threats by those who took offence at his behaviour. When he made...

Actually, Brexiteers, Fighting Against You Is The Very Definition Of Democracy

Beth Leslie | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Beth Leslie

You have the right to force a world I do not want upon me. I have the right to fight it. And I shall. Not with violence, but with debate. Not with coercion, but with facts. I will criticise you, but never try to silence you. I will accept the vote as valid but disagree entirely with the result. I recognise your majority but will declare you fundamentally, horribly mistaken.

What Happens When Your Mind Won't Let You Escape?

Fleur Rollet-Manus | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Fleur Rollet-Manus

Whether you're a gap year student half way around the globe, or you've headed over the water for a European getaway, feeling stressed can completely defeat the freedom found when travelling. So, what do you do when you've gone away to give your mind a rest and that's the only thing not happening?

In Defence Of Freedom Of Movement

John Bason | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Politics
John Bason

If we end freedom of movement, the schoolchild who wants to study in Pairs, or the graduate who wants to accept a job in Frankfurt, or the couple who want to retire to the Algarve sun, will have their hopes denied, and their horizons narrowed. Politics should be about expanding people's liberties, setting them free.

Is Your Day Job Worth Dying For?

Veronica Melkonian | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Veronica Melkonian

Today felt like any other day. The normal slog. Until, that is, I sat on my train home and flicked through my Facebook feed on my phone. Someone shared a photo of themselves at graduation a year ago today... at my graduation... a year ago?!

Beyoncé's Formation Tour Is Amazing!

Chloe Cox | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Chloe Cox

I attended my first ever Beyoncé concert last Sunday; a highly welcome part- birthday present from my Aunt who secured three Golden Circle tickets to the Formation Tour at Wembley. So maybe I'll be working the rest of summer to pay her back, but still, you don't say 'no' to Beyoncé tickets.

Europe: A Messy Debate of the Heart

Catherine Anderson | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Catherine Anderson

I ask myself, what sort of a European do I want to be? An embracer of diversity. A participant, not a quitter. A reformer, not a destroyer. And being that European means, also, that I can strive to be the best Briton I can.

Ten Reasons Why We Must Leave the EU

Adam Hamdy | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

When I recently told a colleague that I want the UK to leave the EU, she expressed considerable dismay that someone of my background - mixed-race, working class, comprehensive education - was lining up with far-right racists. Such a misguided view of the people who support Brexit does a disservice to the millions of Britons up and down the UK, who are now in a majority that understands why it is morally, politically and economically essential for Britain to leave the EU.

Why the EU Referendum Is a Vote on Democracy

Adam Hamdy | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

People will try and tell us that this referendum deals with issues that are far too complex for the average person to understand. I believe that we actually face a very simple question: whether or not we believe in democracy? If we continue to find ourselves ruled by people we can't vote for, who are making laws we can't change, we will only have ourselves to blame.

The Wall Behind Cultural Appropriation

Wemmy Ogunyankin | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Wemmy Ogunyankin

Freedom is important and freedom is a world I'm working towards, I hope everyone else is too. Freedom is likely what the girl in the video wants too. We all need understanding to combat the circumstances that make her and many others so frustrated, so things like dreads won't matter anymore.

Free Yourself and Others From Your Judgement....

Hanni Melnicenko | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Hanni Melnicenko

When was the last time you made a judgement about yourself or someone else? I'll bet it has happened today. We make judgements constantly throughout our waking hours based on our conditioning, our experiences, our faith and a whole host of other influences.

Why I Think Reading Business Books Is Often a Total Waste of Time

Hanni Melnicenko | Posted 11.03.2017 | UK
Hanni Melnicenko

I quit reading business books almost right after I read Tim Ferriss' The Four Hour Work Week. Not because I had 'found the one'! But because the penn...

Sexual Harassment Limits Women's Freedom - Time to Call It Out

Sarah Green | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Sarah Green

Each individual jeer or catcall might appear trivial, depending on your viewpoint. But they accumulate. They make a bigger statement about a woman's place, about who is permitted to comment on her body and its desirability, about what she's in the world for, and what's waiting for her if she puts a foot wrong.

How I Found Freedom, Quit My Job and Moved to Spain

Hanni Melnicenko | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Hanni Melnicenko

In 2013, my husband and I took a holiday in Southern Spain. It was a very belated 'cash-in' of a week in a timeshare that my sister had gifted us for our wedding.

The Social Justice Movement - A Very Modern Fundamentalism

Alan Grant | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

This article originally appeared on the Backbench website on February 23rd 2016. Religion is on the way out in the West. Recent data shows that the n...

Response of an Immigrant Muslim Woman

Fariha Khan | Posted 21.01.2017 | UK
Fariha Khan

I understand governments need to tackle radicalisation and extremism. I understand that they have a difficult task on their hands. But please try and find real reasons behind these acts instead of making a scapegoat out of an immigrant Muslim woman like me.

Relentless Openness, Emotional Expansion and Embracing Chaos

Roberta Verdant | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

I've been trying to remember to breathe. Not just breathe (which obviously is a given) but breathe deeply and well. When we're frightened, some part of us believes we may die and so we respond with shallow inhalation and exhalation; holding on to our breath.

Bowie: The Original Chief Freedom Fighter

Karen Dobres | Posted 14.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Karen Dobres

I'm not the biggest music fan: so I asked myself why I felt so sad and affected by his exit. His image has been around my whole life and I've always connected it with freedom, and flipping the bird to cultural norms.

How Free Speech Killed the BNP

Alan Grant | Posted 08.01.2017 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

The headlines make pretty grim reading. Britain seems to be mostly underwater, the threat of Islamic terrorism prevails, an evil universe version of a Sesame Street character is alarmingly close to the most powerful office in the world and it's getting nearer to the time of the year when it feels a bit weird to watch Christmas specials.