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News Feast Special: The Sporting Way

  Pritchard will be running workshops in schools and community centres across the east and south east of London to try and help children from...
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News Feast No 1

Welcome to the first 'News Feast from Rising East' - your Monday news catch up featuring headlines from East London and beyond; guests; and a...

Buying The Youth Vote?

Conservative prime minister Theresa May has pledged not to raise university tuition fees from the current £9,250 a year, and promises to review the...

The Season’s Over

Phew, the party conference season is finally finished. So let’s look back at the highs and lows for the top two parties. There were inspiring...

Dishing Data On Dirty Landlords

Going live in the autumn, a new database of rogue landlords is to be coordinated across six London boroughs: Newham, Brent, Camden, Southwark, Kingston...

Registering The Next Generation

As the country prepares to go the polls for Theresa May’s snap election on 8 June, the rise in young people registering to vote...

Remainers Remained Calm

On Saturday 25 March more than 50,000 people marched through London in an attempt to stop Brexit under the banner 'Unite For Europe'. Here...

Anti-Brexit Bounce, Anyone?

The Liberal Democrat Party would prefer to forget the 2015 general election. Their electoral support dropped drastically after five years in Coalition government with...

Writing Against Education Cuts

Nine London boroughs have written a joint letter to central government warning of the damaging effects of planned revisions to the school funding formula. Newham,...

Here We Go Again

As you are no doubt aware, Prime Minister Theresa May has called a snap general election less than two years after David Cameron was...

Who Knows What Newham Council’s Debt Repayments Really Are?

Newham Council recently came to new arrangements with Barclays over the servicing of its extensive debt repayments. In press releases and statements, this re-mortgaging...

Newham Worst Affected By Education Funding Formula

Schools across the country are set to lose hundreds of pounds of subsidy per child due to a new government funding formula - and some...

Here We Go Again?

As the Brexit Bill finally went through last week, allowing the Conservative government to trigger Article 50, the conversation turned to another referendum -...
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Women Taking Care Of Women

On International Women's Day (8 March), fourth wave feminists went on strike against rape, Trump, Brexit and domestic violence. A small group held a...

Timms Not Timid

There seemed no better place to delve into the regeneration of East London, than a café on bustling East Ham High Street. And no...
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The Current No. 9: Are Men Welcome On Women’s Marches?

In the run-up to International Women's Day, our top issues talk show The Current considers the position of men on marches led and organised by women. Presenter:...

Labour Looks At Newham Controversy ‘Very Briefly’

The National Executive of the Labour Party (NEC) has refused a request from party members in Newham to investigate how Sir Robin Wales was...

Lording It Over Democracy

Having voted to Remain in the EU referendum last year, I now have mixed opinions. Although I am not keen on leaving the EU,...

Newham Keeps Lid On Adult Care Levy

Newham Council has announced a freeze on council tax for the ninth consecutive year, but on closer inspection some residents will still end up...

Games That Have A Go At Trump

The GOP Arcade website is one of the best examples of videogames using satire effectively to tackle real and pertinent political issues. Donald Trump...

Hate Crimes Rise After Brexit Vote

From December 2015 to December 2016, statistics show that hate crimes rose by more than 20 percent in the borough of Newham, with 587...

Boris Breaks Brexit Promise

The linchpin of the Brexit campaign during the EU referendum in 2016 was the promise that £350 million would be saved each week. Instead...

A Ban For A Ban

When Speaker John Bercow declared that President Trump would not be invited to address the House of Commons during his state visit to the...

The Trump Effect and British Women

The recent Women’s March on London, sparked by opposition to Trump’s inauguration, shows the level of concern in the UK about the Trump effect...

Hedging Bets And Having It Both Ways

You've got to hand it to Newham Council, for the way it has played both ends of the Referendum Game. In the run up to...
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Should Trump Be Trumped?

This week Lauren Chancellor and Adiba Khatun join Sydney Kauffman on The Current to ask how the UK should react to Donald Trump's executive order limiting immigration...

Why I Protested Against Trump

Last Friday I was present outside the American embassy to protest against Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the USA. Why was I there? Did...

Wales Under Pressure, Labour Vote Called Into Question

In the interests of “democracy and accountability”, local lobby group Democracy Triggered (DT) is calling on party members to write to Labour's National Executive...

Travel Trouble Ahead?

Over four million passengers fly from London City Airport to Europe each year, making for destinations that include Ibiza, Berlin and Amsterdam; and so...

Help For Newham – But For How Long?

The good news is that hundreds of people in Newham on low incomes will be helped back into better paid work, thanks to support...

Aleppo Goes To The Ghosts

As the evacuation of Syrians in Aleppo begins Families on edge Desperate and yearning to leave the once prosperous city they called home Carrying the remnants of their lives Children...

President Trump: The Humanist Response

On 8 November, the U.S. electorate chose Donald Trump as president-elect; he is set to be inaugurated in mid-January as the 45th president of...

Trigger Ballot To Harpoon Wales?

Sir Robin Wales (61) has been the elected Mayor of the London Borough of Newham for as long as the office of elected mayor...

May Critcised For Normalising Trump

Shadow home secretary and Hackney MP Diane Abbott has spoken out against prime minister Theresa May's silence on US president-elect Donald Trump’s provocative statements...

Theresa May: the new Mrs Thatcher?

Unless you have been under a rock for the last six months, you will have noticed we have a new, female, prime minister in...
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Which Blair Project?!

For the first edition of Rising East's new discussion slot The Current, Sydney Kauffman asks fellow millennial voters Drew Goodsell and Casey Cooper-Fiske what they...

Please Stop Using The Poppy As Ammunition

What is a poppy, anyway - sign of remembrance, symbol of gratitude, connection to lost loved ones, respectful acknowledgment, insult, or simply a red...

Irony Of The Working Class Vote

In the EU referendum in June and now in the American presidential election, the 'voice of the voiceless' has been heard loud and clear,...

Rich and Poor, Cheek By Jowl

As indicated by londonspropertyprofile.org, East London has 'one of the highest ratios of pay inequality across London', which in London Living Wage week, is...

Legacy Chair Resigns Over Stadium Probe

David Edmonds, Chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), has resigned amid continuing controversy over the cost of the Olympic Stadium conversion. Made public...

Fears Proved Right As Hooligans Ruin Famous Win

Last week we discussed on Rising East how fears about stadium security had left some to avoid travelling to the West Ham Vs Chelsea...

Save The Children?

I had hoped I would be joining a massive protest against the bombing of children in Aleppo. But after struggling through the crowds of...

New Nursery Benefits From Newham Council Backing

Newham Council has approved plans for a council-backed nursery in the borough. Trading under the name of Early Start Education Ltd, the new nursery...

Book Review: Undercover by Rob Evans and Paul Lewis

This book sheds light on the darkest corners of the history of British Police, namely the Special Branch unit. In all honesty, this was the...

Taking Responsibility For Public Alienation

It's wrong to blame Muslims for failing to integrate, says Terry Sorensen, when Britain's political class can't talk convincingly about its own values. In the...

Nothing Hateful About Hijab

Hate crimes against Muslims in London rose by 70 per cent between 2014 and 2015, according to Tell MAMA, a national project which monitors...

What’s Preventing You From Talking To Me?

Norwegian student Terry Sorensen spent six months asking the Metropolitan Police to talk to him about the UK's anti-terrorist Prevent strategy. Now about to...

Lamb With Limes In Liverpool Street?

Nika Jazaee dreams of the full integration of Iran into today's global culture. When I moved to London three years ago I knew it was...

Bye, Bye Bo-Jo

As I write the votes – yesterday was polling day – are still being counted. But we already know that the campaign to be...

Should We Stay Or Should We Go? (I don’t know but I need unbiased...

Grace Eracleous puts in a plea for straight talking in advance of the UK referendum on EU membership. By now, we’ve all received through the...

Not The Last Of Britain First

The Britain First campaign has staged another demonstration in East London. A small group of activists stood outside a mosque holding banners saying ‘taking...

Compassion First?

Hanna-Mariam Chowdhury considers the recurring clashes outside the East London Mosque The far right group Britain First has demonstrated outside the East London Mosque three times...

Food For Thought, Mr Cameron

Schahrazade Halfaoui cannot stomach the thought of school children going hungry because of government policy. Every morning, I tune in to LBC to catch up...

Britain Is First For Diversity

Mona Chowdhury takes the faltering pulse of Britain First. The campaign group Britain First have held two demonstrations outside the East London Mosque this month,...

Palestinian Hunger Strike Ends

“An agreement was reached to release him on May 21,” says Issa Qraqe, head of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)’s detainees committee. In view...
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Doctors Refuse To Carry On

To coincide with their two-day strike from 8 March to 11 March, hospital doctors from all over East London gathered outside Stratford station to protest...

From Bahrain To East London: After Five Years Of Protest, What Has Changed?

Kay Ayed hears what's been happening in a strangely under-reported country in the Middle East. I'm sure you're familiar with the ongoing civil war in...
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PREVENT-ing A Full Debate On ‘Radicalisation’?

Recently arrived from Norway, Terry Sorensen wondered whether he was in danger of being 'radicalised'. He tried asking the Metropolitan Police about British-style counter-terrorism,...

East Londoners Horrified By Saudi Slaughter

Kay Ayed listens to East Londoners responding to news of Saudi Arabia's day of executions. Two days into the New Year, Saudi Arabian authorities committed...

Just Because He’s A Joke, Doesn’t Mean This Isn’t Serious

Sydney Kauffman, Rising East's resident American, warns against underestimating the prospective presidential candidate who would ban all Muslims from entering the United States. At first...

Paris Terror: NOT In My Name

Ahmed Abdi calls for unity and an end to the Muslim blame game. After the cowardly terrorist attack in Paris on Friday evening, you might...

Worldwide Week Of Terror Culminates in Paris Massacre

Kay Ayed sets out the actions we at home should take to stop this global madness. On Friday evening the city of Paris came under...

Popping The Question

To wear or not to wear a poppy? That is the question which three Rising East writers asked themselves in the run-up to Armistice...

Grow Up, Britain – Europe Is Laughing At You

Much has been said about immigration lately. Both sides of the political spectrum have been quite vocal and many sensible and terrible arguments have...

This Is Poverty, Not Nicety

Sid Ouared questions the ‘constitutional question’ over tax credit cuts. When Conservative government plans to reduce tax credits were knocked back by the House of...
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Who Are You Calling A Terrorist Sympathiser?

Cameron calling out Corbyn for alleged terrorist sympathies is a case of the pot calling the kettle black, says Kawther Ayed. In his speech at...

These Values Are Not British-Owned

Schahrazade Halfaoui fails to see the Union Jack painted through core ‘British values’. The birth of my son made me nervous. As a young Muslim...
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Who Needs British Values?

Colton Pridgeon ponders the puzzling question of 'British values' and challenges UK politicians to say what they really mean. At the Conservative Party Conference in...

The End of Coming Out?

Marius Holtan reckons that now Coming Out Day is a national institution, it must be time to scrap it. October 11th was National Coming Out...

The Nigerian Take on the UK Elections

Beatrice Groth asked three East London Nigerians to tell us what they think about today's general election in the UK.   Quite frankly I have never...

Reason Through Rhyme

Kawther Ayed challenges a variety of misconceptions about Muslims and Islam in her news poem Freedom to Defend. https://vimeo.com/126855206

Reclaiming Brixton

Rudy Omisore joins the march to save Brixton from gentrification. The gentrification of Brixton has left some of its original community feeling angry. This was...

Rochester Round-Up

Tom Strudwick appraises the ‘pub talks’ he convened in the constituency that currently belongs to UKIP (at least until 7 May). On the train heading...

International Marchers’ Day

Matt Anderson joins around 5000 people who marched from Clerkenwell in East London to Trafalgar Square to mark International Workers' Day https://vimeo.com/126722133      
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What They’re Saying on IMMIGRATION

With polling day almost upon us, Marius Holtan – a recent arrival himself – rounds up the parties’ policy promises on migration into the...
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The Other Jihad: The Brit Fighting With Kurds Against ISIS

Ferdia Carr talks to Londoner Mark Ramsay, who recently joined Kurdish forces fighting ISIS. In northern Syria, right now, there are British citizens pitched against...
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The Hackney Miscarriage: Why I’m Voting For Luftur Rahman

The Tower Hamlets mayor has brought grassroots manipulation back to British politics and with it some semblance of meaning, insists East London's most uncertain...
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What’s It Like The First Time?

Sian Davis hears the thoughts of a virgin voter. Now that the election is days away and the TV debates are done and dusted,...

Tracking The Essex Vote

Never mind the thoughts of Russell Brand or the cast of TOWIE, Sian Davis took the train from Liverpool Street and stopped to ask...
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No Answer To The Housing Question

Michell Soares Gonzales despairs of Newham Council's 'core strategy' for housing. Newham, that place where rubbish cozies up to the sides of the streets and...

Nigerian New Beginning?

Farida Dahiru reflects on the Nigerian election. After 16 years, Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan has finally been defeated at the polls, by a former president,...

The Man Himself

Concluding his series of pub talks, for the first time in his life Tom Strudwick sits down for a serious political conversation with his...

Reigning In The Extremes

Tom Strudwick continues conversing with regulars at his Dad's pub in Rochester, where UKIP won the by-election in October 2014. Will they win on...

Change…But To What End?

Tom Strudwick returned to his Dad’s pub in the Medway town of Rochester, where UKIP won a by-election in October 2014, to talk to...

Young….And Politically Numb

At his Dad’s pub in Rochester, the Medway town where UKIP won the recent by-election, Tom Strudwick asks voters what they think about UK...

The Trouble With Nige: Not An Etonian But Not To Be Trusted For Long

In the run-up to the general election, Tom Strudwick returned to his Dad’s pub in Rochester, where UKIP won the recent by-election, to ask...

The BBC Election Debate Live.

3 Girls 1 Mic (3G1M) is a Rising East podcast featuring Elise Briggs, Tamisha Thomas and Melis Zumrutel responding to current controversies: tongue in cheek, but...

Attention Deficit

3 Girls 1 Mic is a Rising East podcast featuring Elise Briggs, Tamisha Thomas and Melis Zumrutel responding to current controversies: tongue in cheek, but telling it...

What Is to be Done About Immigration?

3 Girls 1 Mic is a Rising East podcast featuring Elise Briggs, Tamisha Thomas and Melis Zumrutel responding to current controversies: tongue in cheek, but telling it...

Talking About Our Generation

3 Girls 1 Mic is a Rising East podcast featuring Elise Briggs, Tamisha Thomas and Melis Zumrutel responding to current controversies: tongue in cheek, but telling it...

NHS Health Check

3 Girls 1 Mic is a Rising East podcast featuring Elise Briggs, Tamisha Thomas and Melis Zumrutel responding to current controversies: tongue in cheek, but telling it...
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Childcare Should Be A Top Election Issue

Sian Davis thinks that parliamentary candidates are evading their responsibilities by not talking about childcare costs. Together with housing, across Greater East London the biggest...
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Jilted Generation?

Unimpressed by the Cameron-Miliband cohort, Mel Zumrutel looked for inspiration from the grandfatherly figures of London politics, but remains uninspired by the general election. Five...

Not So Much The Battle For No 10, More Like A Phoney War

3 Girls 1 Mic is a Rising East podcast featuring Elise Briggs, Tamisha Thomas and Melis Zumrutel responding to current controversies: tongue in cheek,...

Pub Talks: At Least UKIP’s Not Taking Us For Granted

In the run-up to the general election, Tom Strudwick returned home to his dad’s pub in Rochester to hear what local voters are saying...
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Ding Dong Cameron On High

Sian Davis believes that David Cameron won the first round in the televised battle for No 10. It started out pretty much as you’d expect....

Wacky Wikileaks Vigil

Matt Anderson reports from a protest bordering on the absurd. Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for...

Behold The Terrorist (Not)!

Whitehall’s selective attitude towards foreign fighters in Syria confirms that 'terrorist' remains an unduly discretionary term, warns Ferdia Carr. The editor of BBC Arabic, Tarik Kalifa...

‘I’m Not Sexist But….’

Jasmine Wing interprets the Monday morning sexism that dare not speak its name.   Ladies, we all work in sexism-free offices nowadays – yeah, right!? Well, we...

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