March on Wallstreet

‘’Today is the darkest day for Hong Kong’’, said artist and activist Ai Weiwei on Tuesday 30th June when Beijing unanimously passed a sweeping National Security Law, criminalising secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. The law will effectively curtail protests by the widening pro-democracy movement, inciting imprisonment of a minimum of three years and a maximum of life for offences of ‘grave nature’. For prominent pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong this ‘’marks the end of Hong Kong that the world knew before.’’

While the Anti-Government demonstrations started peacefully, when an estimated one million people marched through the government district…

It is without a doubt that the coronavirus emergency has had a profound effect on our day-to-day lives. But, for The Real Junk Food Project Brighton it was not going to get in the way of their invaluable mission: to intercept food destined for landfill and use it to feed people who need it, on a pay-as-you-feel basis.

While this project was initially impacted by the government’s lockdown regulations, they decided immediately that they would find strategies to adapt in order to keep their movement alive. …

By Charlotte Brill

It has been around three months since the COVID-19 lockdown begun in March and as restrictions gradually ease, pubs across the UK have begun selling takeaway pints — satisfying many people’s thirst for a cold, crisp draught beer.

However, to maintain strict hygiene measures this has meant single-use plastic has come back with a vengeance, littering our streets, parks and beaches.

According to a report from Keep Britain Tidy, commissioned by Defra in 2019, a staggering 75% of litter was a result of drinks consumption. And, with so many drinking establishments situated near and on the Brighton…

Air ambulance in Kings Meadow

Three dead and two in critical condition at Royal Berkshire Hospital after ‘’major incident’’ in Reading town centre this evening.

Police have cordoned a large part of central Reading after multiple people were stabbed in Forbury Gardens, a usually tranquil place frequented by hundreds of people a day.

According to The Telegraph, one eyewitness told Press Association:

‘’So the park was pretty full, a lot of people sat around drinking with friends when one lone person walked through, suddenly shouted some unintelligible words and went around a large group of around 10, trying to stab them.’’

‘’He stabbed three of…

The concept ‘Grassroots Humanitarianism’ is neither new, nor fixed. It is a dynamic conceptualisation that has been historically integral to the wider theorisation and practices of aid and development (Fechter and Schwittay 2019:1769), insofar that it has been considered the emergent ‘fourth pillar’ of development aid (Develtere and De Bruyn, 2019). Broadly defined, grassroots humanitarianism refers to informal small-scale organisations run by ‘ordinary’ citizens who provide support to those in need, separately from the ‘humanitarian machine’ of formalised, state-sanctioned aid (Sandri, 2018:1772).

This term provides and analytical framework to explain practices that do not fit with UN, NGO or INGO…

‘Bonded Labour’ is a form of ‘unfree’ labour generally characterised by ‘extreme forms of attachment between worker and employer’ (Frantz, 2013:1072) caused by a combination of ‘rules, regulations, ideas and practices’ (Barrientos et al, 2013:1040). Bonded labour is manifested in myriad culturally distinct ways meaning that its current conceptualisation has been debated among academic scholars and governmental bodies alike. In the wake of the capitalist forces of neoliberal globalisation, forms of bonded labour have intensified and have transformed accordingly to fit legitimately into this new modernised marketplace (Frantz, 2013:1073). …

Origionally Published 9 December 2019.

Every Sunday, Hong Kong’s central district is transformed by the Foreign Domestic Helpers (FDHs), most of whom are Filipino or Indonesian women. For six days a week this area is an austere financial district of banks, designer brands and luxury hotels until Sunday when it is given life and a whole new level of social significance. It is quite an astonishing sight as every crevice, including under the station and in the pedestrian sky-walks, is teeming with these women sat in groups on cardboard boxes and plastic bags. …

Photo credit: Valeria Rodrigues

Religion is at the core of African sociality, affecting the way people live their lives and engage with the state. It is central to the vast majority of Africans’ identities and for many it is not simply a faith but a reality which they earnestly embody and live by.

Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity has boomed since the era of decolonisation. It is related but somewhat different to other Christian denominations in Africa emphasising direct and personal experience of the Holy Spirit. Starting in Nigeria, this ‘born-again’ religiosity has vastly expanded across the continent and into the mundane reaches of everyday life.


… and the children immediately burst into exuberant song and dance.

Photo credit: Everyday Africa

I cannot help but grin, properly, ear to ear. As I watch these beaming children, enchanted by the uplifting rhythms and beats, I realise, for the first time, the great power of music and dance.

I had been to Zambia before- as a tourist. But this time was different. There were no more lavish lodges or guided safari tours with my camera constantly poised at the ready. I stayed, instead, with Game Rangers International, a holistic non-government conservation organisation, in a tent alongside the rural Mukambi community.

On my…

Sunday Morning in Central, Hong Kong

‘’My eyes were very painful’’, said an Indonesian migrant worker who was caught in a cloud of tear gas on her day off. This tear gas came from nearby pro-democracy protests, which rapidly intensified since they started in June 2019. Riddled with fear, over 380,000 Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs), comprised predominantly of Filipino and Indonesian women, have found themselves caught-up in tense, violent and often sporadic politicised demonstrations.

The protests started peacefully in opposition to a proposed extradition bill which was perceived as an encroachment strategy to subsume Hong Kong into the Chinese regime, undermining the Sino-British “One Country, Two…

Charlotte Brill

Final Year BA Anthropology student at University of Sussex. Social Media Coordinator and Writer for The Badger. Instagram Blog: @charlottebrill_

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