Political Activism

Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union

Adam Hamdy | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

There can be no denying that the establishment put absolutely everything into keeping Britain in the European Union, and yet somehow, the leave message, a message of hope, of optimism about Britain's future as an independent nation, of a return to proper parliamentary democracy, resonated with people.

What You Need to Know About the EU's Finances

Adam Hamdy | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

Do you know that the EU has outstanding, unfunded liabilities of around €340 billion? No? Maybe it's naive of me, but I just assumed that since we're voting in a referendum on whether or not to stay in the EU, at the very least, voters would have been informed about the organisation's financial operations.

Apprentice Cameron Summons 'Master of Lies', Darth Juncker

Adam Hamdy | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

I wasn't sure how to approach the news that 'Master of Lies' Jean-Claude Juncker has been drafted in by David 'Scourge of Pensioners' Cameron to make a major intervention in the referendum campaign next week. Why would the Prime Minister call in his boss, the President of the European Commission, a man with a less than exemplary reputation?

Cabinet Secretary Confirms Secret Brexit Plans

Adam Hamdy | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

Last week I wrote an article alleging that Civil Service plans, which outline a safe, secure way for Britain to exit the EU, are circulating Whitehall...

Find Out How the Government Plans to Leave the EU

Adam Hamdy | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

This article is going to end with a request that you sign a petition. The petition asks the government to publish Civil Service plans that outline ho...

What the Government Isn't Telling Voters About its Plans to Leave the EU

Adam Hamdy | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

Both sides of the EU referendum campaign are behaving as though it were a general election. They are campaigning hard, fighting tooth and nail and us...

Let's Solve the EU Problem Once and for All

Adam Hamdy | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

If there is a Leave vote, there will be a period of uncertainty as Parliament tries to decipher exactly what a Leave vote means and how to deal with it. Whichever way Parliament tries to address the people's mandate, there will be loud cries of unfairness from all sides, and each cry of foul could slow down or derail whatever mechanism is used to give effect to the Leave vote.

Interview With Malala Yousafzai - The Youngest Nobel Prize Winner

James Gilmore | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Gilmore

There are no words to contest with Malala's sentiment. Whilst jokes about boyfriends and Minions may make her crack up and laugh, there's nothing that can break the focus of her goal.

An Open Letter to Anyone Who Didn't Vote Tory

Alice Carder | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Politics
Alice Carder

Politics of fear and hate cannot survive long in the hearts of those who have love and hope. Do not let this election divide and conquer. Unite and survive.

Austerity Bites

Mark Bryce | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Bryce

Behind the austerity sound-bites and 'all in this together' rhetoric our society is rich to vulgar proportions. We have the necessary wealth, only for it to be hidden away off-shore or within the pockets of the few, but that's a broader rant for another day.

Activist Burnout: Have I Gone Off The Deep End? (Or 'The Unbearable Heaviness of Being')

Cerian Jenkins | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Politics
Cerian Jenkins

Sometimes I worry that I've become nothing more than a human embodiment of a 'worthy cause' telethon. The issues which I feel so passionately about s...

The Terrifying Thing About #MillionMaskMarch is They Don't Know What They're Marching For

Sam Fowles | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

Until we, as a society, change, not just the way we act but, the way we think, the disenchanted will have nowhere else to go but #MillionMaskMarch and Russell Brand - too culturally and intellectually blinkered to see that revolution may be the method, but it is never the solution.

Why Scotland Shows the Future of Politics

Adam Hamdy | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

Rather than being an aberration, Scotland may prove to be a trailblazer. In the same way that it has transformed media and communication, the Internet has the potential to radically alter government. We have the tools at our disposal to hold instant national votes on important political issues.

Why No One Likes an Activist

Emma Letessier | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK
Emma Letessier

While I'm all for being passionate and championing a cause, I also believe it must be said that along with any kind of activism must come a strong sense of peace and love.

The Political Apathy Myth: How Young People are Redefining Political Engagement

Danny Bartlett | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Politics
Danny Bartlett

Political apathy is a term usually associated with youth. Whether it's low voter turnout, disengagement from democratic processes or the lack of knowledge to make informed decisions, young people have been identified as the one demographic seemingly beyond saving.

The Pathological Is Political -- the Proposed British Ban On HIV Immigrants

Dan Glass | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Glass

On Tuesday, May 6, 5 and 6 a.m. across London, lights flick on and bleary-eyed activists made the journey from its four corners, to the centre. We met...

Iranian Student Sentenced To Seven Years In Jail By The 'Judge Of Death'

The Huffington Post UK | Amelia Amin | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

An Iranian student and political activist, Maryam Shafipour, has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment by the "judge of death" for crimes against...

Got Balls? Scrotum-Nailing Performance Artist Pavlensky Does

Christine Coco Jun | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Christine Coco Jun

Last week, a stark-naked Petr Pavlensky hammered a huge nail through his own scrotum, affixing it to the stone pavement in front of Lenin's Mausoleum in Moscow's Red Square. Over Skype this week, Pavlensky and I discussed why he isn't planning any more similar protest stunts in the near future.

Worded Carefully

Patrick Cash | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Patrick Cash

Spoken word is often thought to be just about poetry, but I believe it to be a delivery of speech in a strong enough way to affect those who hear it.

Women, War and Peace: What We Can All Learn From The Zimbabwean Women Fighting Violence As Elections Approach

Bidisha | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK
Bidisha

World peace will not come from the macho mindset which has destroyed world societies. It'll come from the non-violence which makes the global women's movement the most profound, poignant, successful and ongoing revolution the world has ever seen.

In Chinese Migrant Workers' Viral Video, Glimmers of Digital Activism's Future

Tea Leaf Nation | Posted 10.12.2012 | UK
Tea Leaf Nation

As rural workers like Miao become more likely to use the Internet, they also become more likely to learn the Internet's power-and its limits-as a tool for activism, outreach, and appeal. Although the existence of this viral video darkly intimates the desperation that the unpaid Miao and her colleagues doubtless face, it also heralds a future in which digital activism is no longer restricted to a tech-savvy elite.

Politics Has a Boos Problem - Time for Rehab

John Coventry | Posted 06.11.2012 | UK Politics
John Coventry

It's very, very difficult to feel sorry for George Osborne or Theresa May, or indeed any politician who puts themselves up for a photo opportunity that backfires. But I did feel a tiny twinge of sympathy when the boos rang out in the Olympic Stadium as they handed out the medals.

'Not Ready To Die In Your War'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.09.2012 | UK

Israel loves Iran is not a refrain you'll hear often from politicians. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called Israel “a cancerous tumor...

In Defence of M.I.A - A 21st Century Icon

Tara McEvoy | Posted 13.04.2012 | Home
Tara McEvoy

M.I.A is a case study in contradictions, and has built a career on exploring the grey area - between the east and west, high and low taste, fear and stereotype. Arulpragasm may just be a high top-sporting, potty-mouthed Joan Baez for our generation.

What is Political Economy of Global Finance?

Sion Owen | Posted 08.02.2012 | UK Politics
Sion Owen

The financial crisis shows that politics and finance are connected and 'political economy' (PE) is back in focus, providing a framework for viewing finance from a political perspective. The problem is the term is hard to define as academics have used it in a variety of ways.