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Opinion – Hajj house protests prove Indian Islamophobia is growing

Opinion – Hajj house protests prove Indian Islamophobia is growing

In New Delhi, the capital of India, protests threaten the establishment of a centre meant for sheltering Muslim pilgrims. Indian Muslims are calling this an Islamophobic attack. I’m sure you’ve vaguely heard the terms ‘Hajj’ or ‘Mecca’ before. Hajj refers to an annual pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, that all Muslims observe at least once in their lifetime. Nearly 15,000-20,000 Muslims from North India leave for Mecca...

By International, World
Opinion – App ‘selling’ Muslim women proves dangers of cyber space

Opinion – App ‘selling’ Muslim women proves dangers of cyber space

Recently, an app was launched to put Muslim women in India up for sale. This is being seen as a sign of increasing islamophobia and misogyny online. Trigger Warning: this article contains mention of islamophobia, digital abuse, and sexual harassment. Reader discretion is advised. Ever been to an auction? Everyone knows you usually bids on antiques, property, paintings, and the like. But what about bidding on women? That seems strange if not...

By International, World
Festivals are making an eco-friendly comeback

Festivals are making an eco-friendly comeback

After a difficult 2020, music festivals are beginning to make a comeback – and they’re bringing a new, greener approach. Many music lovers are desperate to return to live performances now lockdowns are lifting. Although some festivals must wait until 2022, this summer promises the likes of Reading and Leeds, Green Man, and Bestival. But with concerns about climate change becoming increasingly pressing, festivalgoers and organisers are not only looking...

By International, World
The Indigenous presence on Instagram is thwarting a myth of America’s past

The Indigenous presence on Instagram is thwarting a myth of America’s past

Beadwork has remained central to Native North American culture since before colonial contact, but its recent rise on social media is forcing the non-native West to reckon with an image of Indigeneity still trapped in yesteryear. ‘Once upon a long time ago’ chimes Carrie Bradshaw at the opening of Sex and the City 2 ‘there was an island...some Dutch, some Indians and some beads.’ And so goes the myth of New...

By International, World
Should we really be buying vegan leather?

Should we really be buying vegan leather?

Vegan fashion is on the rise, with the UK’s accessories sector seeing a 56 percent increase in ‘vegan’ items stocked year-on-year. But are these products really a sustainable alternative? Ever found yourself purchasing a ‘green’ clothing item from your local retailer? Veganism across the board has seen a huge surge in popularity in recent years, with Gen Z leading the charge. According to a report from Produce Blue Book, 65% of...

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Can chemical upcycling solve the plastic waste crisis?

Can chemical upcycling solve the plastic waste crisis?

Scientists have discovered a way to transform plastic bottles into vanillin, the compound which gives vanilla its aroma and taste. Is it an innovative solution to plastic pollution, or just a headline-grabbing experiment? I’m sure you’ve heard about plenty of innovative recycling techniques, from tasteful art displays to quirky paper Coca Cola bottles. One which you probably haven’t heard of, however, is a newly developed process that can turn...

By International, World
Is making food out of air a spectacle or feeding solution?

Is making food out of air a spectacle or feeding solution?

A company called ‘Solar Foods’ has developed a natural source of protein made from nothing but air and electricity. Does this technological marvel have the potential to feed the world sustainably? Making food out of nothing but air and electricity might seem far-fetched, but Finnish start-up ‘Solar Foods’ has turned fantasy into reality. It has discovered a way to turn CO2 from the air into food for a type of...

By International, World
All-Black Gateways Orchestra to perform at Carnegie Hall

All-Black Gateways Orchestra to perform at Carnegie Hall

The Gateways Music Festival Orchestra are set to perform at Carnegie Hall on April 24th, 2022, making them the first all-Black orchestra to do so in the renowned venue’s 130-year history. Since its inception in 1993, the Gateways Music Festival Orchestra has cultivated diversity in the classical music scene. It provides a space for Black professional musicians to create music and perform together from all across the US, away from...

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Lego launches first LGBTQIA+ set for Pride month

Lego launches first LGBTQIA+ set for Pride month

The Danish toymaker Lego has released a new LGBTQIA+ set, ‘Everyone is Awesome’, to celebrate Pride Month. Lego’s new LGTQIA+ set, ‘Everyone is Awesome,’ was designed by Matthew Ashton, who initially started the project purely for himself. ‘I’d moved offices,’ Ashton explains, and wanted to ‘make the space feel like home with something that reflected me and the LGBTQIA+ community I’m so proud to be a part of.’ ‘Representation is so important....

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New ‘Degree Inclusive’ deodorant designed for accessibility

New ‘Degree Inclusive’ deodorant designed for accessibility

A new deodorant packaging made for those with disabilities and visual impairments is currently being tested and is called ‘Degree Inclusive’. It’s a big step toward filling the presentation gap in marketing. Degree Inclusive is the ‘world’s first’ deodorant packaging specifically for users with limited mobility and visual impairments. The design comes from companies Sour and Wunderman Thomson, the latter being run by Christina Mallon, who is disabled herself (with limited...

By International, World