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John Hume

For those of us who did not live through the troubles, it is difficult to fathom the impact that John Hume, with other civil rights activists, had on the future of Ireland and its citizens both North and South of the border. One of the giants of Irish politics alongside other historic greats, such as Daniel Ó Connell or Charles Stewart Parnell, he served in the likes of House of Commons to the European Parliament. Hume always maintained his principles of nonviolence and compromise. With his recent passing, aged 83, it is time to take stock of what Hume did for the people of both the Republic and Northern Ireland, where political discourse can take place without the overhanging threat of violence, where institutions can work for the betterment of their citizens, and a place where you are not discriminated against due to religion or creed.

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‘The Far End of the Trail of Tears’ -SCOTUS ruling on Native land

A decision of the US Supreme Court on July 9th has been hailed as one of the most consequential legal victories for Native Americans in decades. Trump appointee Gorsuch joined the liberal justices to rule that Oklahoma has no legal authority over Native Americans in the east of the state. The honouring of treaties signed in the early 19th century, the decision could drastically change the position of Natives in the US.

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Karl Heinrich Ulrichs

Following a historically tumultuous Pride Month couples with the prospect of many LGBTQIA+ Pride Days taking place in August, it is worthwhile spending the days in the meantime looking into one of history’s most important and forgotten LGBTQIA+ advocates, Karl Heinrich Ulrichs.

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Malala Yousafzai

Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai recently graduated with her degree in the prestigious program, Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) in Lady Margaret Hall at the University of Oxford.

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