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After Calais: Tracing the paths of the Jungle’s refugees

After Calais: Tracing the paths of the Jungle’s refugees

International, News, Opinion, Politics, ReportingWeek2, Uncategorized
“The 'Jungle' smelled of freshly baked bread and CS gas. I could not breathe and went down. An Afghan who was running in the same direction grabbed me and supported me to the back garden where there was a bit of air”, says Chiara Lauvergnac, one of the activists in Paris from London. In the final days of the Calais Jungle demolition, over 10,000 refugees were ordered to relocate in one week by riot police squads armed with flashballs, gas grenades, rubber bullets, automatic rifles, water cannons, armoured vehicles, truncheons and gas spray bottles. “Usually the camp got gassed towards the end of the day - you could climb the hill to try escape the gas clouds and watch the sunset from there, with gas grenades falling all around,” she continued. After the destruction of the camp, she says

Britain’s first three-person DNA raises religious and ethical concerns

Health, Medical, ReportingWeek2
  Doctors await a consent from the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to produce Britain’s first baby with a three-person DNA. The treatment is known as mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT). It is aimed for the women who have the risk of passing on fatal genetic disorders to their children. Although this treatment may seem to be the key to for producing healthy babies, not people of all faith a question remains whether people of all faiths are willing to participate in this treatment. Jahangeer Khan, is an Islamic scholar from the Ahmadiyya Muslim community says “Actually only two parent children can be ever allowed in Islam, for inheritance reasons. Not to speak of potential health risks which haven’t yet been assessed”. He explains that “using genetic ma
How can the Left regain support after the Brexit vote?

How can the Left regain support after the Brexit vote?

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Outside the Supreme Court in London this week, two groups stood opposed: the Brexiters and the Remain camp. They were positioned on opposite sides of the court entrance, and supposedly, on opposite sides of the political spectrum. “Brexit is racist,” claimed one group. The other chanted: “The people have spoken.” Although they disagree on issues such as sovereignty, these groups have more in common than they acknowledge. Still there are wide social schisms across the country. In such circumstances, how will Labour regain support? Fifty two per cent of voters wanted to Leave the EU and 48 per cent voted Remain. The divide over Brexit doesn’t bode well for the electoral prospects of any political party. The Secretary of the Labour Party constituency of Chippenham, Andy Newman is well
Humanitarian tragedies amid Al-Assad forces control most of Aleppo

Humanitarian tragedies amid Al-Assad forces control most of Aleppo

News, Politics, ReportingWeek2
Al-Assad regime forces announced its control over more than 90% of Aleppo. Al-Assad regime considered the battle of Aleppo is about to end after controlling more than 90 percent of the City’s eastern parts controlled by the opposition. "we are just moments away from victory.” A senior military source told AFP. Supporters of Al-Assad regime in the western part of Aleppo gathered on Monday evening celebrating the victory. They chanted in support of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his army. Syrian state television showed hundreds of civilians, most of them are women and children, escorted by Al-Assad regime forces. It showed them walking under rain while carrying their bags and children in a way surrounded by destroyed buildings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMRbD_
‘A Sailor’s Guide To Earth’: A stunning album from country’s surprise star Sturgill Simpson

‘A Sailor’s Guide To Earth’: A stunning album from country’s surprise star Sturgill Simpson

Music, ReportingWeek2
A surprise nomination at last week's Grammy announcements has left the world wondering who exactly is Sturgill Simpson? And why is he on-par with superstars Beyonce and Adele?     Last week, the American country singer left many music fans baffled after his third album, A Sailor's Guide To Earth, was nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammys. Up against Beyonce's revolutionary 'Lemonade,' Adele's heartbreaking '25,' Drake's radio-friendly 'Views,' and Justin Bieber's comeback album 'Purpose,' even Simpson himself wasn't expecting it, telling the New York Times he wished Frank Ocean had got it instead.   But the 38-year old country outsider is adored by critics, and he's on his way to becoming a household name. Most would label Simpson as a country artist, thou
New indie game fuels Islamophobia

New indie game fuels Islamophobia

Art, Culture, Media, ReportingWeek2
Islamophobia appears in various forms but some games go beyond straightforward stereotyping. In early April of this year, Destructive Creations, developer of the mass murder simulator, Hatred, released a game called IS Defense, a game where players defend European shorelines from an invading Islamic state militia. The game mocked the cultural heritage of Muslims through sacrilegious images of their Prophet, which created a lot of controversy and though it received wide condemnation, it wasn’t banned. As tensions between the Middle-East and the West increases, this region has become the next target of ‘othering’ within modern warfare games. Invasions of Western cultural imperialism within gaming have become intolerable. Consider the case of 2010’s Medal of Honor, which included real
How the click-happy consumer is killing bricks and mortar shopping

How the click-happy consumer is killing bricks and mortar shopping

Fashion, ReportingWeek2
The High Street has been a key part of our nation’s style for a long time - but are we turning our backs and turning on our smartphones for online shopping? Trips to the shops with your parents as a toddler, or those first clandestine meetings with boys as a teen, and then eventually the trips where you buy what you need, rather than simply what you want. And yet footfall dropped one per cent in November according to the latest forecast from the British Chambers of Commerce, despite tempting Black Friday offers. Are these rites of passage changing? Where are the toddlers begging for a new toy, the gaggle of girls rushing past a similar gang of boys? And where am I, supposedly buying a ‘sensible’ dress for job interviews but actually trying on sequin skirts? We’re all online, that’s wh
UK to ban ‘unsuitable’ porn to protect children

UK to ban ‘unsuitable’ porn to protect children

#breakingnews, Culture, Media, News, ReportingWeek2, Social media
The government is attempting to pass a Digital Economy Bill that would ban certain 'non-conventional' porn websites in the UK.  The new media regulating bill is making an appearance in the House of Lords for its second hearing today. The bill is intended to shelter the children from  improper images/videos and is already becoming a controversial topic within free speech campaigners across the country. What does the bill entail for the online porn consumption by the people? Is online censorship and surveillance going to help protect children? The Digital Economy Bill acts a new law that aims to simply ban any kind of ‘non-conventional’ porn websites. This includes sexual acts of violence, face-sitting, urinating and incest related porn. The government announced that non-compliant sites
Access denied: healthcare for the homeless is in short supply

Access denied: healthcare for the homeless is in short supply

Health, ReportingWeek2
“You can’t discriminate against someone who is ill based upon the colour of their skin, their sexuality, or disability. But you can discriminate against someone who is homeless," says Stan, speaking from experience, as he was homeless for over twenty years. Homelessness is a growing issue, and those sleeping rough often face difficulties in accessing healthcare, and receiving the treatment they need. In the last year alone, government statistics report there has been a ten per cent increase on homelessness and figures look set to continue to rise. Yet NHS policy lags behind its data, and homeless people continue to be marginalised from accessing the services they need. Being homeless has an undeniable impact on your health - the life expectancy for a homeless person is just 47 years
ASOS to introduce 1,500 jobs despite exploitation accusations

ASOS to introduce 1,500 jobs despite exploitation accusations

#breakingnews, ReportingWeek2, Uncategorized
Online fashion retailer ASOS announced today that it will be introducing 1,500 jobs in the UK in the next three years despite recent accusations of workers’ exploitation. The announcement follows just days after trade union GMB protested outside ASOS’ London office against alleged ill treatment of warehouse staff in Yorkshire. In a statement to Westminster World today, the union comments that there are “seemingly huge differences between conditions for staff at London HQ and for Yorkshire workers” calling out on the online retailer for “ignoring” the “shocking” working conditions at its Barnsley warehouse. What has #ASOS got to hide? > Asos accused of underpaying new warehouse staff https://t.co/wDR6myl0HF — GMB Union (@GMB_union) December 2, 2016 .@GMB_union holds ‘c