Typical of a politics and international relations student, the hot topic in every single class was the US elections this week. Funnily enough, the topic for this week’s class and lectures was voting preferences and we discussed what factors had mattered in the US elections. Primarily talking about Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, otherwise known as the “blue collar states”, we were asked why they had voted Republican when, as most models had suggested, the vote would have been a democratic one on an individual level. Answers such as anti-establishment, nationalism, and valence came up and was swiftly followed by ‘post-materialist’ issues. Continue reading “Scratching the Surface of the US Elections”
On the 27th of February, I attended a lecture at LSE on “The Ideas of Equality: Feminisms of the 21st Century”. I was privileged to hear a panel of four different speakers: two of whom left a big impression on me. Many of the subjects that were touched upon resonated deeply with me. I hope to write on some of those themes later on but primarily, I want to discuss a topic that was brought up: the illusion of equality.
13th November 2015 is a date that many will remember. It is a sad day for humanity; three cities were attacked by terrorist groups in one day. I stand in solidarity with the citizens of Beirut, Baghdad, Paris, and all of those who are victims of extremist attacks. However, there are many important points that need to be made in light of the situation. Continue reading “Terrorism Has No Religion”
It’s kind of ironic a month before the celebration of Women’s Equality Day in the US, two sisters in India were sentenced to be gang-raped and then to parade naked around the streets with their faces blackened because their brother eloped with a married woman from a higher caste. Oh, and that we didn’t really hear anything about it.
What’s even more shocking is that one of the sisters is only 15-years-old. Continue reading “Outcry for Justice: Rape Is NOT A Punishment, It Is A Crime.”
Wednesday 26th August marked 92 years after the US first celebrated and 95 years after the cause for celebration of Women’s Equality day, and yet women are still not equal to men. Whilst women have come a long way since the first advocation for equality between the sexes such as we are now able to work, vote, be in a high political and religious position, the fight is not over yet.
The Obama slam of the moment is that he should be calling our battle against ISIS one against Islamic terrorists, instead of pretending that the battle is against something as general as “terrorists” alone. The people angry at Obama about this are forgetting how educated they are.
Here’s what I mean. The Obama administration wants to avoid people thinking our battle is against Islam in general. His critics, however, assume that it would be obvious to anybody that you can battle one strain of Islam without having it in for Muslims in general. That perspective is typical of an educated Westerner, who today is trained — to an almost religious degree — to strive to view people as individuals rather than to stereotype. Stereotyping is treated among us as, essentially, a transgression of human decency.
We’ve learned our lesson — to the point that we forget that it ever was…
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Let’s talk about the Chapel Hill Shooting. Three college students of muslim faith were shot to death in their homes in Chapel Hill, North Carolina near the University of North Carolina. Craig Stephen Hicks, who has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder, claimed it was a dispute over a parking space, however, many have challenged the claim and called it a hate crime. The names of the victims are Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammed Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha.