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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...
Illustration of a Woolwich murderer with a smartphone in his right hand and a speech bubble saying: 'look at me'.

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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