Political Activism

Austerity Bites

Mark Bryce | Posted 26.11.2014 | 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 18.11.2014 | 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 ...

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

Sam Fowles | Posted 07.11.2014 | 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.

Politics and Social Media in the UK

Craig Agranoff | Posted 04.12.2011 | UK Politics
Craig Agranoff

On the whole, social networks are a great way to communicate. Since politics is largely about communication, it's obvious that those tools which promote dialogue will be the most useful. I guess that's why I wrote my upcoming book about it entitled "Socially Elected".

The new Face of Activism

Asim Haneef | Posted 20.11.2011 | UK Politics
Asim Haneef

Activism is changing - just like everything else across the globe really. The Arab Spring was undeniably a breakout moment for this generation.

The Return of Student Feminism

Sarah Graham | Posted 17.10.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Graham

Female students, in particular, often seem uninterested in what politics has to offer them. It's enough, seemingly, that we're at these universities, racking up our own debts, working for degrees alongside our male contemporaries.