The media must re-assess its picturing of terrorism

‘London Bridge attack, in pictures’, appeared as the headline on the front page of most news organisations on Sunday morning. In the wake of the horrific incident on Saturday evening which killed 7 people, and left many seriously injured, the media’s response was notably focussed on images of the attack, and profiles of the dead […]

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The Manchester Attack: Is Live Music Too Dangerous?

The sights and sounds of the aftermath of a terror attack have become horrifically familiar over the past few years. ’22 dead, and hundreds injured’, the news reporters chime in with grim expressions. And then there are the photos of distraught family members clutching bouquets, then the messages flooding social media of grief, anger, and […]

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Conflict in Kashmir continues – despite dwindling media attention in the West

At one point in time, when beginning a conversation about flash-points in the world, one would turn immediately to Kashmir. That time is now gone. The conflict remains, but we don’t speak of it too much. It’s stale. The Line of Control (the result of the 1972 Simla Agreement between India and Pakistan) currently divides […]

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NUS redoubles call to scrap Prevent

The National Union of Students (NUS) has today renewed demands for the government’s Prevent strategy to be scrapped. The fresh calls come following the publication of a Home Affairs Select Committee report on radicalisation and countering extremism. The report published this morning said that internet giants such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter were “consciously failing” to […]

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ISoc officer criticises Prevent strategy

In an interview given to Belgium’s national francophone broadcaster this week, Martyn Rush, an MPhil student at St. Anthony’s College and current Politics Officer of the Oxford University Islamic Society, strongly criticised the government’s Prevent strategy, which has been established in order to combat radicalisation in schools, colleges and universities across the country. Describing the […]

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The day after: A student’s reflection on Paris

What can be said of the attacks on Paris? It is a horror beyond words. What can we offer but our total solidarity, our love? Friday night, as the tragedy unfolded in gruesome, gutting real-time before our eyes, Parisians offered their homes to those who needed shelter. The morning after they lined up outside hospitals […]

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The Torture Report: it isn’t just morally reprehensible, it also doesn’t work

Warning: this piece contains graphic description of torture and reference to self-harm. The recent report from the US Senate Intelligence Committee (SIC) into the CIA’s post-9/11 torture programme has shocked the world. In the 480 page summary released on Tuesday, the SIC details not only the extent and ineffectiveness of torture carried out by the CIA, […]

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