Nov 10 2017 10:54AM
Forget the Bond tune, listen to Ergo Phizmiz!
Blimey, bring back Gangnam Style. No, sorry, I don’t much like that Adele Bond tune. Too “polished”, too “polite”, too predictable for me. (Then again, I was never going...
Jul 14 2017 4:32PM
Piss-poor - the Russian authorities’ understanding of Pussy Riot
One of the last times I posted something on Pussy Riot I was waxing lyrical (literally) on what I saw as the underlying radicalism of Pussy Riot’s Situationist-style art-...
May 11 2017 12:11PM
Miscarriage is not a crime
By Rajwinder Sahota, AIUK Country Coordinator for El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua On 8 May, Teodora del Carmen Vásquez marked another birthday locked away inside her...
Dec 8 2016 3:55PM
If you think Rillington Place is creepy, try Belarus. Or Saudi Arabia …
My TV-watching days are long gone, so I must admit I haven’t been watching the BBC serial killer drama Rillington Place . But nevertheless, I’ve heard a fair bit about it...
Nov 1 2016 2:53PM
More to this than meets the eye
As a young girl living in the UK in the Eighties, I was an avid viewer of Miss World beauty pageants. It’s indeed hard for me to admit this as a passionate feminist. But...
Oct 31 2016 1:43PM
The 200 best protest songs of all time
It’s a totally misleading title of course. This post should really be called something like “A List Of 200 Protest Songs That I’ve Been Able To Put Together In The Time A...
Oct 24 2016 4:14PM
Too much too young: the children of Aleppo
They say you can get used to anything if you have to, and maybe that’s true. But should you have to ? With something like the calamitous situation in Syria, people have h...
Oct 17 2016 4:27PM
The refugee crisis as political narcissism
Such is the self-absorption of Britain with things that affect Britain, you could almost be forgiven for thinking the world’s refugee crisis is largely about who comes to...
Aug 31 2016 10:26PM
Good news travellers - you can now fly direct from London Heathrow to Tehran’s famous Evin prison
So they’re back. Direct flights from London to Tehran , that is. After a four-year break, including delays for “technical” reasons after originally announcing flights wou...
Aug 25 2016 3:25PM
What women wear: a constantly fashionable debate
A few years back I blogged about a woman in Sudan who was at risk of being flogged for wearing trousers . The case of Mrs Lubna Hussein hit the global news headlines as m...
Aug 23 2016 3:08PM
I went on holiday to Russia and all I got was this lousy replica Kalashnikov automatic assault rifle
Coming back from holiday through Stansted airport the other day I noticed, as I often do, a sign warning people approaching customs that it’s forbidden to bring guns and...
Aug 11 2016 11:42AM
Israel and the Kafkaesque
It was itself a pretty Kafkaesque headline: “Kafka’s papers seized by Israeli judges”, declared the Times earlier this week. News that Israel’s Supreme Court had ruled th...
Aug 8 2016 3:35PM
Aleppo is not the new Srebrenica - it’s the old Aleppo
When the former international development secretary Andrew Mitchell talked about the Syrian city of Aleppo being the “new Srebrenica” last week there was...a reaction. No...
Jul 4 2016 2:11PM
Don’t shoot the piano player. Or the guitar player. Or the tabla player ...
In Francois Truffaut’s excellent 1960 film Shoot The Piano Player we see a classical pianist slumming it playing piano in a bar who then gets dragged into an underworld o...
Jun 24 2016 5:20PM
This is no time to curse the darkness, we need to get to work
The die is cast; the UK is set to leave the EU. There are many uncertainties and one of them is what all of this means for human rights. During the campaign we witnessed...
Jun 20 2016 5:38PM
Why Amnesty International's Media Awards are so crucial
Xan Rice is features editor of the New Statesman. He previously worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa for the Times, the Guardian and the Financial Times. His work...
Jun 17 2016 1:04PM
Soft toppling - Iran’s latest use of a dual-national as a political pawn
So Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British woman detained more than two months ago in Iran, separated from her two-year-old daughter and held for weeks in solitary confine...
Apr 27 2016 2:00PM
Trigger-happy: Rio’s security forces show their true colours ahead of Olympics
The taxi from Rio’s international airport skirts around the edge of a sprawling favela, where rust-coloured breeze block houses line narrow alleyways, blue plastic water...
Apr 25 2016 3:24PM
Truth for Giulio Regeni
Is the UK Government doing enough over the terrible case of Giulio Regeni ? By “enough” I mean: is the Government putting any real time and effort into supporting the cam...
Apr 19 2016 11:24AM
Kicking off my career with the Amnesty Student Media Award
In 2013 I entered and won the Amnesty International Student Human Rights Reporter Competition, organised by Amnesty International UK in partnership with NUS, the Observer...
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