Most international observers would agree with the UK Foreign Affairs Committee’s conclusion that the Foreign Office should have listed the Gulf island Kingdom of Bahrain as a ‘country of concern’ more than a year ago. Since February 2011 and the start of protests against state corruption and discrimination against Bahrain’s Shi’a majority populace, the government has driven a fierce crackdown on protesters, bloggers, civil society leaders and ordinary citizens caught up in the crisis.
So the dust settles on another Man Booker Prize, leaving what? At the very least the sense that some balance has been restored after the toe-curling embarrassment of 2011, when Stella Rimington bravely waved the flag of “readability” only to run with her judges to hide behind the modest protection of Julian Barnes’ novella ‘The Sense of an Ending’.
‘We’ve saved the dunes, and from an environmental stand point it’s a much better situation than it was before we bought the site,’ claimed Donald Trump, hair blowing in the stiff northerly breeze at a news conference in 2010, on the sand dunes of the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
As much as I tried to repress from memory a recent post in The Independent titled “Slut dropping’ and ‘Pimps and Hoes’ – the sexual politics of freshers’ week”, it rings true for some common Muslim anxieties with student life.
The imagery and the towns change, but the theme of party conferences is always the same: we are the party looking out for YOU.
We have all been taught the merits of planting trees. One by one, “The Man Who Planted Trees” popped fat acorns into the bare hill sides of Provence in Jean Giono’s spirtiual tale. Gradually the shepherd created a forest in a beautiful allegory of hope.
We spent a harrowing Friday judging the nominations for The Wetnose Animal Rescue Awards. It’s difficult to write about animal rescue charities without sounding saccharine and sentimental.
As the Conservative Party conference continues in Birmingham, the Chancellor is setting out his plans to boost the economy, and provide some answers to the financial problems businesses in the country are facing at the moment.
Pivotal legislation before parliament could free a swathe of “mental health” outcasts to serve as MPs, jurors and company directors. A private members bill from Tory MP Gavin Barwell seeks to roll back decades of discrimination against those who may have been diagnosed as mentally ill, yet are competent to play a normal role in “civil society”.
Last July I graduated from York University, a highly respected institution, after studying history. Despite this I have been unable to secure a job for a whole year now.
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