Remembering Srebrenica: We Must All Challenge Intolerance Where We See It

Javed Khan | Posted 18.10.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

We're lucky in the UK. From traveling around Europe and the world, I've always felt the UK is one of the most cohesive countries on the planet. We lead our lives, for the most part, sheltered from the most extreme forms of intolerance.

Why Britain's Still Great, By Someone Who's Leaving

Vicky Mitchell | Posted 22.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Mitchell

We may be politically-divided, with a slowing economy, a 'severe' national threat level and have just become the fattest country in western Europe but in many ways the UK's still winning.

Trump's Condemnation Of The America He Encouraged

James Woods | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Politics
James Woods

The problem is the alt-right is not keen to debate and reason, they hate political correctness, love Trump and probably won't read evidence based arguments against the things they believe in. I feel the only way we can fight this kind of hatred is by shaming those who do it, make those who parade Nazi flags and racist slogans around our streets feel ashamed of their vile views and make sure they know it is not socially acceptable to be racist or homophobic. We need to stamp out hatred peacefully and do it quickly before it catches.

My Body Was Submerged By Goose-Bump Nationalism

Katie Lodge | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK
Katie Lodge

If you think about your mother, hopefully you can stop an erection in its tracks. If you've done enough Kegel exercises, you can woo yourself not to d...

Why I'll Sacrifice My Place In The UK For Hope, Progress And Equality For All In Northern Ireland

Jamie Baird | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Jamie Baird

The ballot boxes are empty, the votes have been counted and our voices have been heard. Young voters have weakened the DUP's version of unionism to create one of a different kind. For a union of love, communities and social progress. And that's the future we need in Northern Ireland.

Racism, Nationalism, Patriotism As The Consequences Of Xenophobia

Karmak Bagisbayev | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK
Karmak Bagisbayev

Xenophobia as a primordial instinct, arose with the appearance of living beings on Earth as a natural response to the threat posed by other species, a...

Sadiq Khan's Scottish Nationalism Comments Are As Frustrating As They Are Offensive

Jonathan Rimmer | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Rimmer

It's disappointing yet unsurprising. Three years on from the independence referendum, Labour politicians are still painting their lost Scottish voters as gullible sheep beguiled by divisive nationalism.

What Would A Dutch PM Geert Wilders Mean For Brexit?

J.N. Paquet | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

MEP Geert Wilders is the Dutch politician who believes he can become the next Prime minister of the Netherlands in just a month's time, thanks to his anti-Islam/anti-migrants' stance and thanks to both Brexit and Donald Trump's win in the United States. What would his win mean for Britain's Brexit and for the EU?

Now Is Not The Time To Question Our Values But To Stand Up For Them

Waqar Ahmed | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK
Waqar Ahmed

Prevent in the UK has focused on terrorism from a global violent jihadist perspective, but front-line workers like me up and down the country have always worked on all forms of extremism and have been dealing with a rise in referrals from far-right extremism.

'This Is Not Your Country' - Identity And Nationalism Post-Brexit

Maike Bohn | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Maike Bohn

"This is not your country" - my neighbour said to me 20 years ago after a louder-than-usual party the previous night... An Irish friend came to my rescue, telling her that England wasn't his country either and that she should be ashamed of herself. Now, after 25 years of living, working and raising a family in the UK, the same is happening again: friends and strangers are coming up to me to remind me how much I am part of this country.

Let's Knock Down Walls, Not Build Them

Anton Georgiou | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Anton Georgiou

Peace in Cyprus, has the opportunity to show the world that there is another way. We don't always have to point fingers and seek out a scapegoat. Even where there is little hope, and after 42 years, many Cypriots had lost hope, with determination and drive, anything is possible. I wish the leaders and those involved in the final stages of these peace talks endless luck. If they are successful, it will not only mean a great deal to my family and fellow Cypriots, it will also mean a lot to a world that at times feels like it has lost all hope.

"Overly Optimistic Pipe Dream" Is Right. My Answer To "The Dark Side of Brexit"

Rita Suszek | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Politics
Rita Suszek

What are you smoking...? Recently I've read Alan MacDonald's post on "The Dark Side Of Brexit". After the initial confusion (there's a light side?) I...

On Comfort Blankets And War

Anindya Raychaudhuri | Posted 08.10.2017 | UK
Anindya Raychaudhuri

Maybe, just maybe, if we stopped worshipping national flags, stopped considering dying in the name of a flag as anything other than a shameful waste - maybe if we instead valued a child's comfort blanket or toy a little bit more - we might finally move beyond the curse of partition. Until then, I, for one, desperately need a comfort blanket of my own.

Brexit Britain: A Foreign Student's Blues

Mikhail Yakovlev | Posted 23.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Mikhail Yakovlev

All things considered, I am no longer sure I want to stay. The only consideration keeping me here is last year's £18,000 university fee - it would really be a waste not to graduate. I can only hope that as Britons are confronted by a longer non-EU queue at Charles de-Gaulle's airport and the need to apply for a visa for a weekend break in Stockholm, these attitudes will change.

Time to Party: Britain's Going to Be Great Again

Paul Beaumont | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK Politics
Paul Beaumont

We've all done it. We've planned a party at our place, invited our favourite, clever, witty friends and then, on a whim, asked some acquaintances too....

Stand and Be Counted

Dana Alexander | Posted 18.06.2017 | UK
Dana Alexander

Is it just me or is the world slowly becoming a shittier place? When terms like "social justice warrior" and "feminist" are pejorative, know that you are living in a world that is in regression. I am exhausted by the casual yet subtle racism, sexism and homophobia I see every single day, and frankly I am tired of ignoring it for the sake of grace. What does tolerance and diversity really mean? And how do these concepts shape our ideas and communities?

A Homecoming Through Time and Space

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Forget the stereotype that Asian kids as shy and reserved. I was surprised myself at the level of enthusiastic participation from across the classroom: whilst I was expecting a few outgoing students to speak up for their friends, the majority of the cohort had raised a question, and even two or three at times.

The Other Reason You Must Vote Remain in Britain's EU Referendum on June 23

Patrick Garratt | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Politics
Patrick Garratt

As a permanent French resident and a British passport-holder, I've already voted by post in this referendum for the UK to remain within the EU. I sincerely hope you do the same when your chance comes on June 23.

Vote to Stay: As the Longest Day (Still) Isn't Over

Dyfed Loesche | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Dyfed Loesche

You know what? Sod the economy, stupid! The Brexit is all about idealism. There's more at stake here than house prices and jobs, much more. 22 years ...

We Need the EU's Regulated Duvets

Gabriel Webber | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Politics
Gabriel Webber

As crowd-funded right-wing films go, Brexit the Movie isn't bad. It's slick, well-presented and looks pretty professional. The area in which it's lac...

Oops - Are the SNP's Roots Showing?

Jackie Kemp | Posted 02.04.2017 | UK Politics
Jackie Kemp

Within the huge influx of members into the party there may come echoes of nationalism's uglier face, puffed up with notions of the innate superiority of the Scots to other races. Hence the kind of racial abuse that Yen Hongmei Jin experienced. Is the Party's Chief Executive Peter Murrell on top of his brief on this?

English or British?

Mark Robins | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Sport
Mark Robins

Well that is the end of another Rugby Six Nations weekend. England are crowned as champions with a game to spare and the whole championship has seen s...

Nationalism Is a Bad Argument Against EU Membership

Bob Morgan | Posted 18.02.2017 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

As the debate heats up - one thing is certain - politicians will seek to simplify the arguments. Those arguing for us to stay in may well emphasise the as yet unknown hazards of leaving - the fear factor.

The Tunnock's Trauma: Are Biscuits a Crisis Point for Nationalism?

Alfie Bown | Posted 07.01.2017 | UK Politics
Alfie Bown

Far from being two unrelated news stories, the Tunnock's saga is the other side of the coin to the migrant crisis. At a time when our nations have shown themselves to be less welcoming and more insular than we might have hoped, convinced that we share an identity with each other and willing to demonize and reject those of other nations, we need also to ask what role apparently innocent symbolism, from Tea Cakes to the Bake Off, plays in the construction of this unwelcoming attitude.

How Victorious was China's Victory Parade? -- The Potential Dangers of Looking Back

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

As seamlessly as Beijing's recent parade that commemorated China's World War II victory over Japan went, how victorious was the victory parade, really? Are there negative ramifications?