The approach towards covering LGBT issues in the UK’s classrooms is negligible. Even though an increasing number of teenagers are coming out, there’s no recognition that they may need help from teachers or guidance from support services.
In his speech at the Conservative party conference today, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said the system known as check-off is being stopped at short notice in the Home Office and other departments are actively considering banning it.
Recent articles have described NSA documents released by Edward Snowden showing that in 2009 the U.S. reached an agreement to routinely share information with Israel including the content and metadata of phone calls and emails from Palestinian-Americans.
Pro-Palestine protesters gathered in their masses at Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens, hoping to bring more attention back to the humanitarian crisis inflicted by the Gaza conflict.
Blackburn’s Drive For Justice, Manchester Palestine Action (MPA) and Palestine Solidarity Campaign organised the demonstration on Saturday evening – which they hope will put the spotlight back on the troubles Palestinians are facing.
The Chancellor’s Conference speech contained a statement about disabled people and benefits which was misleading, but went largely unchallenged by the mainstream media. Mr Osborne promised a two year freeze on working age benefits if the Conservatives are re-elected but made a point of saying, "disability benefits will be excluded". Is that true?
Boarded-up and earmarked for demolition, the Carpenters Estate in Stratford, east London, would not be most people’s dream home. Yet for Jasmine Stone and 28 other homeless single mothers and their children who met while living in a hostel, it has provided refuge and freedom.
Last week Ed Miliband announced that the party’s proposed “Mansion Tax” would be spent on funding the NHS. And in the week since, several London politicians who are likely Mayoral hopefuls (and a few other London politicians) have spent their time at best distancing themselves from the policy, and at worst trashing it (both publicly and privately).
One conversation I once had with Jos Bell (twitter here), an incredibly productive campaigner and chair for the independent Socialist Health Association London division, had much more of a profound impact than I thought at the time.
WARNING: This article contains graphic images More than a dozen refuges have attempted suicide, according to activists, who have also alleged that at least seven children have sewn their lips together in the wake of the Abbott government's recent visa decision. The decision, announced last week, could mean the reintroduction of temporary protection visas to boat arrivals on Christmas Island and the mainland.