Why integrated education should be non-negotiable in Northern Ireland

OPINION How to bring together a community divided by civil war is a long, arduous and difficult process with no clear blueprint or one-size-fits-all remedy. However, there are certain policies a government can take that would be conducive to reconciling one section of its society with another. One such measure that seems blindingly obvious to me … Continue reading Why integrated education should be non-negotiable in Northern Ireland

The eyes of history are watching: Politika News talks with the movement fighting for the Genocide Amendment ahead of the next parliamentary vote

VIDEO As Parliament prepares to vote on the latest version of the genocide amendment to the Trade Bill, one youth-led movement will be watching developments very closely. The genocide awareness group, Yet Again, has spent months campaigning for the amendment to be passed alongside Holocaust survivors and Uighur survivors of the concentration camps in China's … Continue reading The eyes of history are watching: Politika News talks with the movement fighting for the Genocide Amendment ahead of the next parliamentary vote

State of the Union: a post-Brexit Northern Ireland looks south of the border for answers

OPINION The first week of the United Kingdom’s independent, “taking back control” status has been predictably underwhelming to say the least. Overshadowed by the devastating developments of the coronavirus pandemic, the early hiccups have been (understandably) largely passed over by the media in comparison with the more pressing health crisis. However, in Northern Ireland this new … Continue reading State of the Union: a post-Brexit Northern Ireland looks south of the border for answers

The Murder of Mary Ashford: an interview with women’s history writer, Naomi Clifford

INTERVIEW The Murder of Mary Ashford: The Crime that Changed English Legal History explores the true story of servant, Mary Ashford, from Erdington, who was raped and murdered by Abraham Thornton, whom she had met at a local party. The case stands out in the way it galvanised a group of influential middle-class men, under … Continue reading The Murder of Mary Ashford: an interview with women’s history writer, Naomi Clifford

Abolishing the family and obtaining gestational justice: an interview with Sophie Lewis

INTERVIEW Sophie Lewis is a feminist theorist, scholar, and author of Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family, which argues for the abolition of the nuclear family as we know it, and against the long-accepted status quo of pregnancy, which sees 300,000 women die a year during childbirth (World Health Organisation). "What other workplace or industry … Continue reading Abolishing the family and obtaining gestational justice: an interview with Sophie Lewis

‘This government is creating an environment for war and collapse’: an interview with Extinction Rebellion’s Liam Norton

INTERVIEW It was exactly a month ago when Extinction Rebellion (XR) grabbed media attention after two of their members, NHS nurse, Ann White, and war veteran, Donald Bell, laid down a protest wreath at the foot of the Cenotaph memorial with a slogan demanding action against what the UN has recognised as a climate crisis. … Continue reading ‘This government is creating an environment for war and collapse’: an interview with Extinction Rebellion’s Liam Norton

Labour must not get lost in the polling

OPINION No one can doubt that Keir Starmer has been greatly needed in cutting through the chaos of ever-changing COVID-19 policies. As former Director of the Crown Prosecution Service, his experience shows at the dispatch box every time. That being said, as another Labour Party conference passes, we are no clearer on what Starmer’s Labour … Continue reading Labour must not get lost in the polling

The UK’s child poverty problem didn’t start with COVID-19

OPINION As the economic repercussions of COVID-19 begin to manifest in increased unemployment and redundancies, remember that it was not this virus that planted the seeds of worsening child poverty. Between 1999 and 2010, the UK’s child poverty rates were in decline, but since 2010 almost all progress made in reducing poverty in the previous … Continue reading The UK’s child poverty problem didn’t start with COVID-19

The Internal Market Bill: an early demise for ‘Global Britain’

OPINION In his premier speech as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson assured us that “everyone” knows the values that the British flag represents: democracy, freedom, due process, and the rule of law. Yet as his Secretary of State for Northern Ireland admits that the Internal Market Bill “does break international law”, it seems Boris has forgotten, … Continue reading The Internal Market Bill: an early demise for ‘Global Britain’

United Ireland: flight of fancy or near reality?

Ireland united is not a new concept. If anything, it is the actual partition of the island that to many Irish and Northern Irish citizens feels like the novelty. The centenary of that partition will be celebrated by unionists this coming May, but the significance of it will go far beyond commemoration; it will add … Continue reading United Ireland: flight of fancy or near reality?