Social Media and the Human Right to Freedom of Expression

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In some respects, social media is seen as a key platform for freedom of expression: anyone with access to the internet can create an account, which allows them to express their own opinions on a daily basis, through tweets, status updates, and photographs. However, do we really have as much freedom online as we are inclined to believe?
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‘You have to be tough, life is a dogfight’: The depiction of the Latin American struggle in Isabel Allende’s Eva Luna


eva lunaEva Luna is a richly descriptive novel by Chilean writer Isabel Allende about personal and political struggles in 1950-80s Latin America. It follows two characters, one in Austria and one in Chile, whose difficult lives slowly join in the fight against the Chilean dictatorship. Eva Luna, an orphan born into Chilean poverty with ‘a breath of the jungle’, eventually becomes an influential figure through her eloquent storytelling. She copes with South American turmoil by creating a fictional version of life around her, which she writes as scripts for television: ‘I try to open a path through that maze, to put a little order in that chaos, to make life more bearable. When I write, I describe life as I would like it to be.’

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It’s time the UK re-examined its relationship with Saudi Arabia


David Cameron receiving medal

The UK and Saudi Arabia have maintained a symbiotic relationship dating back to 1915, built upon arms trading partnerships, joint business ventures and defence intelligence sharing. However, in light of Saudi Arabia’s flagrant abuse of human rights, and its exacerbation of tensions in the Middle East, the UK’s complicity in propping up an authoritarian regime has been called into question.
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Ayotzinapa: 1 year after disappearances, we continue to demand justice


On September 26 and 27 of 2014, students from the Ayotzinapa College in Guerro state were hijacked on their way to a protest by Mexican municipal police and unidentified gunmen in the southern town of Iguala. Six people were killed in the process, including three bystanders and it is strongly believed the Mexican authorities, including the police and army, were involved in the forced disappearances of 43 students, who remain missing.

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