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Million Women Rise March addresses the issue of violence against women

Million Women Rise March addresses the issue of violence against women

Culture, International, News
Violence against women is still an ongoing issue in today’s world. On March 7th from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square, over 3,000 women from all over the country took part in the annual Million Women Rise march in hopes of promoting awareness that women are still being abused. By Tara Mearsheimer and Qiwei Wang Founded by Sabrina Qureshi, the march highlights the main issues women face and how very little is done to address these problems. “With the decimation of the women’s voluntary sector, many of us already feel that we don’t have much more to lose. But we won’t be silenced. We become diamonds under the pressure; we don't break and we will continue to protest peacefully,” says Sabrina. Femi Otitoju, presenter of MWR explains what the group does in order to inspire women. “These w
Are LGBT asylum seekers welcome in the UK?

Are LGBT asylum seekers welcome in the UK?

International, News, Politics, Specials
 LGBT asylum seekers in the UK are asked to prove their homosexuality. Reporter Indraja Gugle explores Sub editor: Cynthia Gregoire In 2013, UK saw around 283 LGBT asylum seekers. In order to stay in Britain, they are asked to prove their homosexuality, a breach of human rights. Some of the questions asked at asylum interviews range from “Can you prove you’re a homosexual?”, “Why do you choose to be homosexual when you know it is illegal in your country?”, “Why do you think you are a homosexual?” and “Can’t you be discreet about your sexuality and thereby avoid being noticed as a gay person?”. Britain’s asylum system Peter Tatchell says, “Britain’s asylum system is homophobic. The Home Office is refusing asylum to genuine lesbian and gay refugees and sending them back to countries

Yoga: Does it “really” lead people to Satan?

Culture, International, News
Yoga, a complex set of physical exercises and meditation, is widely practiced around the world. However, some are suspicious of this ancient practice and there have been comments by an Irish priest who considers yoga to be Satanic.  Reporter: Samiksha Pattanaik, Multimedia Reporter: Fabeha Syed, Sub-Editor- Deeksha Sharma  Photo Credit: flickr, Creative Commons  The craze for yoga in the West seems to be skyrocketing. Be it a way for maintaining a good figure, general wellbeing or detoxifying and relaxing through meditation, yoga has transformed itself to adapt to the requirements of the West. The religious underpinnings of yoga have given way to more of a new-age spirituality and fitness regime, but some suspicion about this Hindu practice still lingers. The most vocal
Holi: Not just a Hindu festival anymore

Holi: Not just a Hindu festival anymore

Culture, International, News
Celebrating the advent of spring, the festival of Holi has evolved from being just a Hindu festival to being celebrated in different parts of the world. By Sohini Sinha, Sub-Editor: Tara Mearsheimer This year Festival of Colours Tour will take place on 12th September at the Olympic Park,with tickets available from 21st March 2015. Started in 2012, Maxim Derenko, from the press office explains the inspiration behind this concert: “Our inspiration behind the celebration is that we really love the idea behind it. We love the core elements of the festival which are for us: equality, mutual tolerance and respect. We love all the happy people attending the festival - the joy can be seen in their eyes. Everybody is celebrating so peacefully.” Festival of Colours Tour, owned and o
Women of the World Festival plans to wow again

Women of the World Festival plans to wow again

Culture, International, News
With International Women’s Day round the corner, WOW Festival week seeks to recognize woman empowerment through a series of talks, workshops and performances. Reporter: Sohini Sinha. Multimedia Reporter & Sub-editor: Alex Xi Zhang   Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World Festival applauds the achievements of women and girls, and looks at the obstacles they face across the world. Celebrating its 5th year, the festival is being observed from 1 March to 8 March 2015 at the Southbank Centre. The highlight of the first day: a debate of Can porn empower women hosted by Jane Garvey for BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, discussed whether porn is responsible for twisting perception of women today or is it just a reflection of how women are actually seen. The panel had a range of pr
Philosophy in the Street: Morocco’s youth fighting to reclaim public space

Philosophy in the Street: Morocco’s youth fighting to reclaim public space

International, Student
As Ed Miliband and the Labour Party try to entice young voters with reduced tuition fees, Morocco’s youth are battling for more than the price of their education.    Huddled together under a covered sidewalk on a rainy winter’s day in Rabat, Morocco’s Capital, the youth have come together to discuss social and philosophical issues in public. Impassioned voices cry out over the crowd of young Moroccan men and women, in a seamless mixture of French and Darija (Moroccan Arabic). You might think a congregation of students like this wouldn’t warrant a second glance. But in Morocco, gatherings like these are bold political statements against a paranoid regime. “The police said if we come back we will be beaten.” Nabil Belkabir, 23, explains: “Critical Thinking is not good
London celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

London celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

Culture, International, Uncategorized, Video
After the celebrations for the Chinese New Year, the capital will host other important and traditional events to commemorate the patron of Ireland. Reporter: Cristiana Ferrauti – @Cristiana16492 Sub-editor: Jipsa George The 15th of March will mark the celebrations for one of the most famous cultural event related to the Irish community. Ireland and London prepare to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day on the 17th of March, to commemorate the death of their patron, St. Patrick, occurred of the fifth century. Some Numbers 430,000 Irish-born people are residents in the UK, according to the 2011 Census for England and Wales and 2011 Census for Scotland. The majority of them arrived before 1981. Since then, the migration of Irish people to Britain has decreased. The massive migration, kno
Londoners invited to run Uganda marathon

Londoners invited to run Uganda marathon

International, Sport, Video
Londoners are being invited to take part in what has been dubbed 'a race like no other' to support local communities in Uganda. Cynthia Gregoire meets the organisers Nick Kershaw and Henry Blanchard. Sub editor: Indraja Gugle  Nick Kershaw and Henry Blanchard have come together since 2013 to bring the Uganda Marathon, which takes place in May, into fruition.  The group is working together to improve lives in the Masaka region of Uganda, and they are making it the cultural trip of a lifetime. The trip includes the opportunity to run a half, full or relay marathon attached to a week-long stay in Uganda where participants may choose to join in and help with local projects while staying with host families. The Uganda Marathon project continues to grow and gain support in just tw
Are strategies to prevent radicalisation working?

Are strategies to prevent radicalisation working?

International, News, Politics
With a rise in the number of young Britons joining extremist groups such as ISIL the effectiveness of the government's Prevent strategy to prevent radicalisation is being questioned. Report Amie Filcher and Steff Humm. Sub edited by Kait Borsay. The identification of Mohammed Emwazi as ISIL extremist “Jihadi John” has provoked criticism of the Prevent strategy, which seeks to pre-empt and block radicalisation through terrorist propaganda. An arm of the UK’s counter-terrorism policy, CONTEST, Prevent aims to counter the risks of radicalisation by challenging the promotion of extremist ideologies and offering support to individuals deemed most at risk of being drawn into terrorism and the institutions they might belong to. The strategy, introduced in 2003 and amended in 2012 to in
Will Libya be the new frontier in the war against ISIL?

Will Libya be the new frontier in the war against ISIL?

International
February marks the fourth anniversary of the beginning of a bloody uprising against Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s 40-year rule. Although the UK, with US and NATO allies have spent billions of dollars helping Libyan militias overthrow, and kill Gaddafi, today the country is a failed state. Should the UK intervene to turn this around? Reporter: Hussein Abdel Fattah Sub Editor: Danae Dimitrakopoulos Diz The war that costed the UK £230-260 million back in 2011 ended with another ongoing four years of civil war, leading the oil-rich North Africa into civil war and chaos. “Concerns are growing among the international community that terror groups will take advantage of this chaos to strengthen their presence in Libya” says Jason Pack, a Libya analyst and head of Libya-analysis.com.