On Tuesday, 4 April, images from a suspected a chemical weapons attack circulated the world and shocked all who saw them. Infants could be seen convulsing as they breathed into gas masks while young men were hosed down with water as they rolled around naked on the floor. I was shocked too, of course, but […]Read more "Before we go to war with Syria, inconvenient truths must be confronted"
The following is a response to the New Yorker’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton. As I write this on the morning of Election Day, one can only hope the Editors’ convincing endorsement of Hillary Clinton comes to fruition, however, the otherwise coherent piece contained an inaccuracy I feel I must address. With regards to the WikiLeaks […]Read more "Letter: The New Yorker endorses Hillary Clinton"
Whether Britain should remain in the European Union or not is, without doubt, a very complicated question. The consequences are difficult to predict and neither a remain or leave vote takes into account all that is required to fix both the EU’s or Britain’s problems. But in debating that question, regardless of which side of […]Read more "Those voting for Lexit are turning their back on socialist values"
When the Hull Daily Mail reported claims that Ny Richardson, a teenage girl, was asked to leave a McDonald’s restaurant because staff mistook her for a boy using the women’s toilets, I knew it would be a divisive issue. Since publication, over 3,000 people have shared, reacted or commented on the story in one way […]Read more "Ny Richardson: Everyone deserves to be treated equally. Simple."
Adam Scaife spent seven years in prison for a violent armed burglary. Tareq Haddad finds out how his determination to be a good father helped him turn his life around…Read more "A Father’s Bond: Why a violent armed criminal tried to turn his life around"
Overpopulation in Britain’s prisons continues to be a chronic problem with one operating as high as 183 per cent of capacity, latest government figures reveal. More than two thirds of the country’s prisons house a population higher than the recommended certified normal accommodation (CNA) – the prison service’s own measure of how many prisoners can […]Read more "Men in squalor: Britain’s prison overcrowding problem"
This is not a debate about whether or not you should wear the poppy. Whether you believe it is a way to commemorate the fallen, believe they are a jingoistic tool to perpetuate war or as Robert Fisk argues, that they have lost their symbolism; my personal view is that as members of a relatively […]Read more "Is the BBC promoting freedom in totalitarian ways? The right to chose whether or not you wear a poppy."
When heading to a refugee camp, you prepare yourself to see a lot of sadness and suffering. You imagine that the first few moments will shock you as you acclimate to your surroundings. But as we took our first steps into the campsite just minutes from the Port of Calais, what struck me the most […]Read more "Life in the Jungle: The Real Tragedy of the Calais Refugee Camp"
He fled Saddam Hussein’s atrocities in Iraq 15 years ago. Now, Alan Ahmad is happily settled in Hull and hoping to qualify as a black cab driver. But when the 28-year-old went to Calais and Dunkirk to help with the humanitarian effort last month, the horrors of being a refugee came flooding back.Read more "Refugee Crisis: ‘I tried not to cry in front of them, but I couldn’t hold it back’"
As a young boy, he saw his father die from the torture inflicted on him by a brutal regime. Haroldo Herrera-Richmond was just two years old when Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship took power in Chile. Now a Hull city councillor after coming to England, Cllr Herrera-Richmond is well qualified to speak on the global refugee crisis.Read more "From a child fleeing a brutal dictator to Hull city councillor hoping to ease the refugee crisis"