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FutureFest London: Edward Snowden and the (not so distant) Future

FutureFest London: Edward Snowden and the (not so distant) Future

Politics, Social media, Student
Edw­ard Snowden talked privacy, trust, and mass surveillance at London’s FutureFest this weekend. The weekend-long event showcased speakers, debates, performers, and more, themed around providing perspectives on the ideas of tomorrow.   Joining the crowd via live link from Moscow with his face projected six feet tall on a screen, the irony of Snowden’s face appearing huge before a crowd like a smiling Big Brother was not lost on Nesta CEO Geoff Mulgan, who quipped about the peculiarity while introducing Snowden. The former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower fielded questions about privacy, state-sponsored spying, mass surveillance, and governance. “They’re afraid of us. The government doesn’t want us to know what they’re doing, how they’re interpreting the law, how they
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
London’s safety compromised, warns Fire Brigades Union

London’s safety compromised, warns Fire Brigades Union

Audio, News, Politics
A dispute with the government has led to Fire Services striking all over the country. In London, where more strike action could take place, Mayor Boris Johnson has threatened to withhold pay for any firefighter involved. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is unperturbed and insists the Conservatives must concede before Londoner’s lives are put at risk by further action. Reporter: Sonal Gupta Sub editor: Kait Borsay February saw the FBU fight back against what it interprets as a government U-turn over changes to their pension scheme and retirement age. The union accuses Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt of misleading Parliament in December 2014, when she pushed through plans to raise the retirement age of firefighters in England from 55 to 60 years old and to increase their pension contributio

Flipping pancakes to save lives

Audio, Culture, Politics
The annual Parliamentary Pancake Race has been running for 18 years. Mutave Mutemi and Aimee Ren speak to its organiser Jonathan Smallman. Sub Editor: Deeksha Sharma Jonathan Smallman was still a young man when he suffered from severe brain damage 30 years ago. At that time he was working as an Officer Cadet at the Royal Military Academy. “It took an awful long time to get better and when it came to looking for employment again I had to try put all my experiences together," says Smallman. It has been 12 years since his recovery and he now works for the charity Rehab UK which helps with mental and physical disability, as an editor of publications. He was excited about this year’s Parliamentary Pancake Race and says these events are a great way of creating awareness. Every
Are young Jewish adults at risk of terrorist attacks in London?

Are young Jewish adults at risk of terrorist attacks in London?

News, Opinion, Politics
The UK's terror threat level is currently "severe", and recent Islamist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen have emphasized the sincerity of this threat further. In London, the Jewish Community feels particularly at risk. Kait Borsay talks to young Jewish adults and finds a surprising reaction.  Reporter: Kait Borsay @kaitborsay Sub editor: Cynthia Gregoire @modjournalist The UK has recorded the highest-ever number of anti-Semitic incidents in 2014, reports the Jewish protection group Community Security Trust. Compared with the previous year, the incidents more than doubled. The trust urges the Jewish community to maintain a high level of alert after the attacks in Paris and Copenhagen. But how do you live under a constant threat simply for being Jewish? Zoe Hillman is a 19-year-
Uncertainty for Greek expats working in London

Uncertainty for Greek expats working in London

International, Politics
The outcome of Greece’s recent elections has left young Greek Londoners uncertain about their ability to live and work abroad. With Greece’s continued membership in the European Union unclear, Greeks in London are beginning to worry if they will continue to be welcome in their new homes. “If we leave the EU, as has been hinted, I might need a visa to work here,” said Constantine Tyraskis, a London resident for over seven years. “My ability to work here would go away, and that’s why I think most Greeks abroad might have voted differently. It’s remaining in the EU that allows them to do more at the moment.” The 24 year-old treasury analyst, like all Greek expatriates, was not allowed to vote in Greece’s election this year. Greece is only one of four countries in the EU whos
Brent North candidate says Greens “party of hope”

Brent North candidate says Greens “party of hope”

Harrow, Politics
Scott Bartle is standing as prospective parliamentary candidate for the Green Party in Brent North. Cristiana Ferrauti meets him. By Cristiana Ferrauti @Cristiana16492 “I have never been involved with a political party before,” says Scott Bartle, 31, parliamentary candidate for the Green Party in Brent North. “I couldn’t even stand those fancy rosettes politicians wore. And now I got rid of my gym membership, because walking from place to place for meeting people is enough training.” ) Speaking with politicians and learning about things face-to-face – and not by secondary means – are among others practices he has added to his daily routine. So why did Bartle choose to stand? “Sometimes you have just to go for yourself and try to encourage people to stand for what they care.
March for homes: London’s urgent call for affordable social housing

March for homes: London’s urgent call for affordable social housing

News, Politics
The benefit cap for working age out-of-work households has resulted in an average estimated decline of £62 benefit income per week, according to homelessness charity Crisis. This has impacted an estimated 52,000 households and families in England, almost half of these live in London. By Alex Leonards. Sub editor Sohini. Bright-eyed tourists sit in a quiet café by London Bridge station.  They chew on organic oatcakes, and slurp soya milk Lattes, blissfully unaware of the nearby crowds that gather. Frustrated protesters stand side by side outside City Hall. Thousands have marched from opposite ends of the city. One group from the south, Elephant & Castle, the other East London’s Shoreditch; joining in solidarity at the heart of the capital. The crowd addresses a growing crisis tha
Greeks in London speculate over possible Euro exit

Greeks in London speculate over possible Euro exit

Politics
The recent win by Greek left-wing party Syriza  has prompted much controversy. Greeks living in London are speculating over a possible  ‘Grexit’ or Greek exit from the Eurozone.  By Danai Dimitrakopoulos Diz Dimosthenis Mammonas, a well respected and liked member of Greek politics and former Secretary General for Social Security in the New Democracy government,  was born and raised in Larissa, Greece. In 1996 he moved to Belgium upon receiving the ‘Robert Schuman’ Scholarship at the European Parliament and has since served a in a number of roles across the European Union. Mr. Mammonas tells me about the current state of the Greek economy, he says:  “There are specific rules and obligations for countries participating in the Eurozone. I am pretty confident that if the Greek govern