War dogs: the truth about war…in a comic way

The comedy proves a good segue into the world of the global arms trade Wars have long been geopolitical and financial whether or not they’re fought on the ground by those whose desire may be of ‘purer’ heart. This tale about a couple of 20-something opportunists scoring million-dollar contracts with the United States army is based on the… Read More War dogs: the truth about war…in a comic way

Indian photographer captures story of same-sex couple beautifully

Section 377 of Indian Penal Code – which came into force over 150 years ago – says: Whoever voluntarily has carnal inter­course against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal shall be punished with imprisonment for life or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to 10 years,… Read More Indian photographer captures story of same-sex couple beautifully

Media censorship, whether it’s in the interest of the government or the business it amounts to the same thing

  Media systems around the world differ from each other on a number of bases. The history, social identity, economic and political structure of each country is reflected in their media. China, a nation in a state of change, has seen an influx of free-market and liberalised ideals in their media landscape which can still… Read More Media censorship, whether it’s in the interest of the government or the business it amounts to the same thing

Fashion and the re-inscription of Muslim identity – a female only space

In light of the recent burkini ban debacle, which dominated media coverage this past week, here is an academic overview into the intersections of fashion, Islam and Orientalism. Let’s just get one thing straight: there’s no direct translation in Arabic for the word ‘veil’. Many Muslim women refer to the headscarf, not as hijab –… Read More Fashion and the re-inscription of Muslim identity – a female only space

How Social Media is changing the feminist landscape in the Middle East

LET’S TALK ABOUT FEMINISM…   Feminism can be broadly defined as an ideology that strives for equality between men and women. It holds that women should be treated as intellectual and social equals to men and have the same rights, same pay, same contribution to society. Though feminism now is generally seen as a women’s-only… Read More How Social Media is changing the feminist landscape in the Middle East

What the Al Jazeera re-trial means for the journalists involved

“So, who knows whether this [case] will be political or not, if it is a guilty verdict, damn right it is political.” – Sue Turton. The verdict of delayed retrial of two Al Jazeera journalists, set to take place in Cairo on August 29, may influence the sentences of another seven journalists convicted of the same offences as Australia’s… Read More What the Al Jazeera re-trial means for the journalists involved