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Journalism is Not a ProfessionIt Has to be Unruly to Challenge the Rulers As Chinese journalists are sent for professional re-education, Matthew Gwyther argues that regulation and conformity threaten the unlicensed essence of holding power to account ShareEmailTwitterFacebook The Chinese...
Slovakia’s Latest Abortion BattleLinked to International Anti-Gender Networks Abortion is under threat in the Central European country – with the latest attack forming part of a global backlash against reproductive and sexual rights from the right ShareEmailTwitterFacebook Slovakia’...
How the UN is Held Hostageby Power & Money Jonathan Fenton-Harvey explores the forces manipulating and undermining the objectives of the United Nations ShareEmailTwitterFacebook Observers in the humanitarian community have been left stunned after United Nations Human Rights Council me...
Taking Jobs or Creating Jobs? The Impact of Brexit on Wages Jonathan Portes analyses Boris Johnson’s claim that curbing immigration should lead to a “high productivity, high wage” economy ShareEmailTwitterFacebook “Many of the big questions in the social sciences deal with cause and effe...
Public Service, Private InterestsWhat Is Behind the Government’s Care Review? Disposable, dispersible, profit-making – fears for the future of the children’s social care sector mount around the forthcoming Care Review ShareEmailTwitterFacebook “I spent around 16 years in both residential...
‘Us and Them Politics’ Puts Us All in Danger The more we are wound up through a divisive politics of polarisation, the less safe we all ultimately are, says Hardeep Matharu ShareEmailTwitterFacebook Sir David Amess is the second MP in five years to be killed doing the job he loved: meetin...
Human Rights HypocrisyGovernment Approves Sniper Licenses to Countries on its Own List of Concern New data reveals how sniper licences have been awarded to Bahrain, Bangladesh and other regimes listed on the Foreign Office’s ‘human rights priority countries’ list ShareEmailTwitterFacebook...
The Persecution of Steven DonzigerThreatens All Environmentalists The case of the environmental lawyer demonstrates the continuing force of the fossil fuel industry – in tandem with political interests and private courts, says Thomas Perrett ShareEmailTwitterFacebook Environmental lawyer...
Industry & UncertaintyCrises Loom Over Boris Johnson’s New ‘Red Wall’ Strongholds Katharine Quarmby reports on the potential economic and political repercussions of the second ‘Winter of Discontent’ ShareEmailTwitterFacebook The Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) doesn’t mince its wo...
Healthy Life Expectancy has Fallen in 80% of Red Wall AreasSince Conservatives Took Power The health outcomes of the north and Midlands have been levelled down since the Conservatives took office, reports Sam Bright ShareEmailTwitterFacebook Some 80% of ‘Red Wall’ areas in Eng...
From Mask Wearing to the Run on PetrolThe Consequences of Crowds Crowd behaviour helped public health initiatives in the early stages of the Coronavirus pandemic, but social proofing also means that people are easily influenced to reject safety measures, writes Clara Hickman ShareEmailTwitte...
Brexit ForeverThe Northern Ireland Protocol and the Government’s Brexit Addiction David Frost’s speech on the Northern Ireland Protocol, and Dominic Cummings’ shocking revelations on Twitter, showed that the UK is playing the same old games over Brexit, says Mike Buckley ShareEmailTwitterFac...
Genomic Marketing of COVID Testing Company Without People’s Affirmative Consent Privacy International has warned of a potentially ‘serious breach’ of privacy regulations by a firm that has been awarded £169.4 million in Government contracts ShareEmailTwitterFacebook Privacy campaigners ha...
In a War Between the US and China Over Taiwan, Who Wins? CJ Werleman assesses the capability and will of both superpowers as tensions continue to escalate over the island territory ShareEmailTwitterFacebook Two days after the Chinese Air Force flew 148 fighter jets and surveillance aircr...
Johnson, Starmer& the Tectonic Plates of British Politics Professor Chris Painter explores the strategic electoral dilemmas which Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer respectively face, as normal political engagement resumes ShareEmailTwitterFacebook Soon after the 2019 General Election –...
Government Rejects Meat Consumption Reduction Climate Target Stuart Spray explores the links between climate change, meat production and why the Government has refused to implement the recommendations of its own watchdog ShareEmailTwitterFacebook The links between the greenhouse gases (GH...
Government Approves Export of Tear Gas to a Third of the WorldFuelling Concerns it Could Be Used in Human Rights Violations New research shows that the UK has approved export licenses of tear gas to regimes with concerning records on freedom of speech and assembly ShareEmailTwitterFacebook...
How Vulnerable Children Become an Investment Opportunity The growth of private sector involvement in the children’s social care sector has led to big profits for investors, while a crisis of poverty and inequality brings more vulnerable children into the ‘market’ ShareEmailTwitterFacebook...
Facebook’s Big Lie is Finally Being Exposed Kyle Taylor puts the social media platform’s recent scandals into context and argues that the House of Zuckerberg is slowly crumbling ShareEmailTwitterFacebook The events of the past couple of years have exposed the fundamental fragility of our...
Diversity in ReverseNo ‘Levelling Up’ Evident in Public AppointmentsReport Finds In their representation of women and ethnic minority people, government bodies are moving in the wrong direction, reports David Hencke ShareEmailTwitterFacebook Proportionally fewer women and black and ethnic...
The Attacks on Chris Packham are Part of a Global Assault on Environmental Activists Whether a UK TV presenter or an environmental campaigner in the Amazon, those fighting the climate crisis and to protect biodiversity are increasingly under attack ShareEmailTwitterFacebook On 8 October,...
When Boris Johnson entered Downing Street by the backdoor and without a general election win, he brought with him swathes of right-wing lobbyists who made their way by stealth from the fringes of Westminster to the heart of government. We know this because we’ve been watching this slow erosion of d...
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks outside 10 Downing Street after recovering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, April 27, 2020. REUTERS/John Sibley
Former diplomat and Oxford University lecturer Dr Jennifer Cassidy on why Kim Darroch’s resignation after leaked criticisms of Donald Trump’s administration are such a blow for the rule of law. Communication is to diplomacy as blood is to the human body. Whenever communication ceases, the body of i...