image by Patrick Kouduah

Black and dangerous?

Why are black people with mental health problems still more likely than whites to be heavily medicated, restrained and detained against their will?

'Alice' by Samantha Marx

Down the rabbit hole

The government’s punitive measures have made it harder to get out of poverty. And austerity is making it worse.

Illustration by Patrick Koudah

Rats in the lunchbox, mould in the mattress: living in squalor in London

In three decades a social welfare advisor has not seen the levels of poverty that are routine today.

'reporting & writing' in Europe


Telling Stories

Telling stories is important, but change takes time. For things to change, ...

A conference to end sexual violence against women

“It is not enough to talk about sexual violence in conflict. Sexual ...
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Town of stories

Illegal migrants, failed asylum seekers, even refugees; all of these labels are ...

‘Journalists take pictures and nothing changes’

On hearing about the deaths off the Italian island of Lampedusa last ...

Letter from Europe’s border

A question for the European politicians thrashing out a plan to provide ...
Border fence in Evros, Greece. Turkey is on the other side of the fence.

Europe rejects refugees

Flowing from Bulgaria to the Aegean Sea, the River Evros forms a ...

'reporting & writing' in Britain


How to Build a Law Centre

In many ways Birmingham Community Law Centre resembles the very first law centre in North Kensington in West London back in 1970. In 1949 the Legal Aid and Advice Act established for the first time a legal aid scheme for both criminal and civil advice.

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When women fought nuclear bombs

Greenham women began the 1980s imagining a molten world victim to the posturing of the men who ruled it. In this nightmare, only their children survived, swollen and deformed by a nuclear winter, while they stood in silent horror, helpless. What they did next would transform their lives, and thirty years on the legacy of their protest is still keenly felt.

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Set Them Free

A woman held at Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre made a tearful plea by phone to a crowd of protestors outside the Home Office in London one evening in February. The crowd fell silent as her wavering voice echoed from a mobile phone connected to a speaker: “Can I talk please?”

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Who are the “illegals”?

In Britain the term “illegal immigrant” is used to describe people who break immigration laws, but in popular culture and action it is a catchall phrase often denoting poor migrants, stateless people, and refugees.

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Austerity bites

Political rhetoric and featherweight policy solutions disguise the fact that single parents are among the biggest losers of the recession. The Women’s Budget Group found that single parents will lose 15.1 per cent of their disposable income to austerity policies.

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Lone Parent Trap illustration by Patrick Koudah

The Lone Parent Trap

When Jen Smith’s employer went bust she lost control of a life she had spent 20 years building. It took only a few years for life to unravel. In three years Jen got just four interviews and no job. Soon she had to remortgage the one-bedroom flat she shares with her daughter.

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