Beyond the Brotherhood – Lena Nassanna

Speaking to women from all walks of life in her home city, Lena Nassanna explores what the Arab Spring has meant for the women of Cairo. It was almost by accident that I found myself, on a cold November evening, sitting in the Oxford Union at the weekly Al-Jazeera head-to-head with Mehdi Hasan. The guest that evening…

Spin, Baby, Spin – Nino Freuler

From Fukushima to a promised freeze on energy prices, the price and type of power available is hitting the headlines. Nino Freuler looks at energy politics in the media. “They happened at the same time, halfway around the globe from each other. They both shook the world”.  Daniel Yergin, founder of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates and…

The Rise of the Middle Kingdom – Lilly Bussman

Lilly Bussman sets out to challenge prevailing, distorted narratives about the rise of China. We are told two very different stories about China. The first one is about China’s authoritarian regime. The second one is about China’s breathtaking economic development. But for some reason, these two stories never seem to go hand in hand. Western media…

Please Love Austria – Nathaniel Whitfield

Ruskin student Nathaniel Whitfield on Big Brother for the far-right, and how art alters the immigration debate.   ‘Please Love Austria – Foreigners out!’ – the week-long performance / multi-media event by this title was staged in Vienna in 2000 by the German artist film-maker Christoph Schlingensief in his attempt to mobilize public debate about the rise…