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93% Club protest EUSA’s showing of World Cup

On Sunday 20 November, a demonstration was held outside Teviot Row House in protest of Edinburgh University Students Association’s (EUSA’s) decision to show the controversial 2022 World Cup in its venues. During the demonstration, protesters placed placards critical of EUSA’s decision to show the World Cup at the entrance to Teviot. The placards read ‘Shame […]

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How Iranian Cinema Continues to Flourish Despite Government Crackdowns

Authoritarian governments have always feared the power of film and its creators. Iran is no exception.  On the 14th of October 2022 director, Mani Haghighi’s passport was confiscated after he was banned from boarding his flight to London. He was meant to appear at the BFI London Film Festival (LFF) for the screening of his […]

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Hope still exists for Iran

CW: Mention of sexual assualt. A couple of weeks ago, Mahsa Amini was visiting Iran’s capital city, Tehran. Whilst there, she bumped into the Iranian state’s ‘morality police’ who took her into custody for not wearing her hijab in an ‘appropriate’ way. A few days later, she was fighting for her life in an intensive […]

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The Student investigates: the fight for abortion clinic buffer zones

Since October 2020, the Back Off Scotland campaign group has been on the front line of counter-protests against pro-life demonstrators who have gathered outside abortion clinics in Edinburgh, and more widely across Scotland. On 4 November, the Scottish parliament debated a motion from Green MSP Gillian Mackay in favour of implementing so-called buffer zones around […]

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Women demand change, not more policing

CW: sexual violence “We no longer trust the police” – how some women are viewing new policing laws with contempt Feminist groups feel the police are failing to protect them, and are demanding change at a societal level to tackle violence against women.  The past month has seen the killing of a woman, Sarah Everard, […]

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“We will not look down”: what is happening with Turkey’s student protests

As 2020 crawled its way to a merciful end, the hope for a better year ahead for students around the world seemed increasingly bleak. But for students at Istanbuls’s Boğaziçi University – one of Turkey’s top educational institutions – the prospect of another arduous term of online classes and social isolation quickly became overshadowed by […]

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The Espresso Series: an interview with Extinction Rebellion co-founder Dr Gail Bradbrook

Honor Crean and Grace Volante, students at the University of Edinburgh, interviewed Dr Gail Bradbrook, the co-founder of the environmental movement Extinction Rebellion, as part of their radio programme ‘The Espresso Series’ on freshair.org.uk. Extinction Rebellion – often shortened to XR – was founded in the UK in May 2018 by Bradbrook, activist Roger Hallam, […]

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What students need to know about the ongoing Hong Kong protests

Since June of 2019, there have been relentless protests in Hong Kong. Numerous universities, including the University of Edinburgh, have called back students studying there amidst growing safety concerns. The protests originated as a result of opposition to a law that would have allowed extradition to China, titled the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in […]