Cyprus’s “golden” passport scheme awarding EU citizenship to wealthy fugitives

By Sacha Perera Earlier this week, two prominent Cypriot government officials resigned following the release of Al Jazeera’s The Cyprus Papers Uncovered, a documentary exposing a corrupt citizenship investment scheme which sold EU passports and protection to convicted criminals and fugitives from around the world. Between 2017 and 2019, over 2,300 passports have been issued…

Golden Dawn leaders found guilty of running criminal organisation

By Sacha Perera On Wednesday afternoon this week, an Athenian court found Golden Dawn, a far-right, neo-fascist political group, guilty of running a criminal organisation. The verdict concludes a five-and-a-half-year long trial against 68 members who, including the entirety of the entity’s leadership, are accused of four crimes and face sentences between five and fifteen…

Alexei Navalny ‘will return to Russia’ after poisoning scandal this year

By Sam Baker The recent decision of Alexei Navalny to return to Russia following an attack on his life with a Novichok nerve agent is not the first time he has stood up to Kremlin bullies. Despite recent polls indicating overwhelming  support for Russian President Vladimir Putin, the vaccine-bearing knight in shining armour is far…

UN investigation into Venezuela results in accusations of human rights violations

After six years of political and social injustice, following a steady decline in Venezuela’s economy and legitimate democratic leadership, the United Nations has released a report concluding that the government of President Nicolás Maduro has infringed on the rights of its citizens. The United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner stated that “high-level…

How much can protest in sport change racist attitudes?

By Robbie Sweeten In the wake of Jacob Blake being shot seven times in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the sporting world reacted nearly instantaneously. When the Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic of the NBA refused to attend their playoff game, it ignited a chain reaction of sporting protest across the United States. Major leagues in baseball, tennis,…

Why do Ben & Jerry’s care about refugee rights in the UK?

In recent months, the American ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s have taken an interest in the UK’s refugee situation. As the media draws more attention to migrants crossing the channel than usual, the Home Office is fighting to stay out of the limelight. It seems that this particular corporation has decided that they should…

Uighur genocide: What, why and how is this happening?

By Polly Pye In an interview with BBC’s Andrew Marr last weekend, the Chinese ambassador to the UK yet again denied any mistreatment of the Uighur population by the Chinese government. Despite being presented with leaked footage of Uighurs, chained, blindfolded and being led onto trains, China’s UK ambassador unconvincingly argued that the footage formed…