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Je Suis Freedom AND Compassion

Parisian by adoption, Helena Hinas crossed the Channel two years ago and now lives in Lewisham. A couple of months after the Charlie Hebdo...
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East Is Best For ‘Half-Naked Fakir’

Matt Wright claims Gandhi for the East End. Mahatma Gandhi and Winston Churchill now stand close together – at least their statues are in close...
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Joking About Joints?

Sian Davis is not amused by Clegg's call for decriminalisation. Back in May 2010 (the honeymoon period of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition), prime minister David...

Democratic Attention Disorder

In a short film about young people and their voting intentions, Omar Richards reveals the depth of the divide between politicians and youth. It...
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The Most Irish Election Israel’s Ever Had

As Israel’s general election falls on St Patrick’s Day, Ferdia Carr traces the connections between the two nations and the East End. Today there’s a...

Hazy Day Of Protest

On the first warm day of Spring 2015, more than 20,000 protesters took to the streets of London, hoping to influence government policy on...
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UKIP Repels Invaders

Musical troupe penetrates party’s Margate conference The UKIP conference in Margate was disturbed by cast members from a new production of The Producers dressed in...
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Clegg’s Radio Show Clocks Importance Of Mental Health

Jasmine Wing listened in to Nick Clegg on the neglect of mental illness. Earlier this week Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg hosted a radio debate...
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Sol Set To Sign For Tories?

Martin Voller wonders whether we will soon see Sol Campbell kitted out in true blue. Former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur defender Sol Campbell could be...

‘Jihadi Brides’ From Bethnal Green: why on earth would they?

Schaz Halfaoui and Kay Ayed - two young Muslim women from East London - explain to Omar Richards why some teenage girls might choose...
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Fenced Off: wealth, power and tax havens

Canary Wharf echoes with the sound of the Labour leader’s attack on Tory tax avoidance, says Matt Wright. At the Welsh Labour Conference on...

Hot Talk No 1: who needs Prince Charles?

When ever (if ever) the Olympic and Paralympic Games return to London, will Charles III be parachuted in to the opening ceremony, or will...
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Independence on Sunday

Independent on Sunday editor Lisa Markwell visited the Rising East newsroom on 4th February to talk about the priorities for young journalists today. She...
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All Power To The Assembly?

Mel Zumrutel calls the London Assembly into question. How many Londoners have even heard of the London Assembly? What does it do and how much...
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Debating The Counter-Terrorism And Security Bill

At Rising East we don’t normally do student life, on the basis that journalists, including student journalists, are obliged to look beyond themselves to...
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Alert To The Need For A Rational Response

Carry on as we are, warns Ferdia Carr, and London like Paris risks losing its head over 'terror'. If we can take one positive from...
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Scheming For Democracy

Sabrina Ruffles looks at both sides of the Young Mayor Scheme in Tower Hamlets. The scheme to elect next year’s Young Mayor of Tower Hamlets...

Marching for Free Education

Matthew Wright and Ferdia Carr join what could be the start of a new student movement. Around 10,000 students took to the streets of...
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Faith Schools In Tower Hamlets: how could the obvious elude the elite?

Ferdia Carr is fed up with policy makers feigning surprise. If the downgrading of six Tower Hamlets faith schools by education inspectors Ofsted indicates ‘a...

The Meaning Of Ashura

Kay Ayed joins the Ashura procession to find out what the day means to Shia and Sunni Muslims. Muslims from East London joined over ten...

Demonstration Against Decapitation

Kay Ayed reports on the campaign to save a condemned cleric. The latest in a series of vigils in solidarity with Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, took...

Behind the Lines in Parliament Square

Rising East reporter Matt Anderson takes us behind the protesters' lines at the demonstration that took place in London's Parliament Square on November 5th. He...
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Dickensian Poverty On Hipster Street

Matthew Wright reports on rising poverty rates, not least in trendy Bethnal Green. In some parts of Tower Hamlets half the children are living in...

Black History Month: is that it?

Azana Francis dislikes the downsizing of black history. ‘It’s over there, love,’ says the librarian, pointing to a small wall of pictures in Tower Hamlets’...
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Kobane And The Kurds: here today, gone tomorrow

Schahrazade Halfaoui notes that Western political priorities are a fast-moving feast. As the saying goes, a week is a long time in politics. Just over a...
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Two-And-A-Half Cheers For South Africa

Zaskia Delgado adds a rider to Stratford’s celebrations of the end of apartheid. ‘It’s like apartheid never existed.’ Stratford Circus has been hosting the Afro-Vibes festival,...
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Dear Westminster

The morning after her grandparents backed the winning candidate in the Clacton by-election, Sian Davis penned an open letter to Britain’s political class, setting...
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Essex Council Lacks Lustre

Sian Davis thinks that the county council turning off Essex street lights is not such a bright idea. ‘I start work at 5am and I...
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Chinese Pickles In Tower Hamlets

Suzie Champion likens the big beasts of local government politics to the mythical creatures of Chinese astrology. Different layers of officialdom rarely see eye-to-eye. For...
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Where’s Our Money, Dave?

Solomon Olugbusi suggests that re-patriating Nigeria's 'lost' oil money should be higher up the political agenda than having a go at Google. The British government...
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Editorial: Woolwich Slaying Is Narcissism Not Terrorism

Meat cleaver in one hand, blood on both, the butcher explains himself for the benefit of a bystander’s smartphone – and the millions standing...
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‘Let Kids Use Empty Gyms’ – Ken Livingstone

Former Mayor sees Red at child obsesity. Stephen Kent reports. Ken Livingstone has suggested that if re-elected as Mayor of London, he would combat rising...
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Penned In At Both Ends

Kris Cannon wonders how much has really changed since Hillsborough. In the past few months the authorities have finally owned up to what really happened...
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Cold Comfort for Austerity Britain

Comment by Felix Denton   The always enthralling (hint of sarcasm) Autumn Statement was read to the House last week by Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt...
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Newham Council Rejects ‘Super-Mosque’

Laran Wands hears why the controversial planning application was refused On Wednesday 5th December thousands of Muslims gathered outside Newham Town Hall to hear the...

Leveson: Sounds ‘Bonkers’ But Cameron’s First Response Was Right

Commentary by Felix Denton Lord Justice Leveson has released his long-awaited report on ‘the culture, practices and ethics of the press’. As anticipated, Leveson’s judgement...

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