The Christchurch mosque massacre on March 15th was felt viscerally both in New Zealand and across the globe. The gunman, who has been charged with 50 counts of murder, was an Australian born white supremacist who used social media to spread a radical, far right ideology of hatred and Islamophobia.
On 15th February 2019, the Japanese government passed a landmark law, recognising the Ainu minority in Hokkaido as an indigenous people for the very first time. However, this raises the question of whether recognition is enough to atone for a long history of mistreatment, or does more need to be
Across Europe, the societies of the Middle East are considered by many deeply divided and sectarian. Identity politics runs deep in the region. Loyalties are based on primordial divisions since time immemorial. Politics in the region is often described by commentators in terms of the Sunni – Shia split, complete
In the early morning of January 2nd 2019 two middle-aged women visited an ancient Hindu temple called Sabarimala in Kerala, South India. They were transported there by ambulance, accompanied by police officers dressed as civilians, and they entered the temple through a side door. According to the Supreme Court of
If you are reading this, you should know that everything you’ve been taught is a lie. It is a sunny, cloudless day and you and your friends decides to go chill at Lomma beach. You know that the earth feels flat walking across the pavement towards the sand. You will
How to involve young people in politics? UPF’s President Michal Gieda and Vice-president Zigne Esltröm talk in Voices of UPF about the role that youth organisations like UPF play and need to play to engage young people in politics, by offering an open space for inclusive discussions about politics and
Emily Hsiang talks in Voices of UPF about the new moon race between China and the US but also private companies, and the relationship in the Chinese space programme between Chinese mythology and the names of the Chinese programme’s projects, serving as a metaphor. [smart_track_player url=”https://radioaf.se/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/VoU-Emily-Hsiang.mp3″ ] Listen to it
Are Russian women out of control? Anna Puzanova talks in Voices of UPF about how elements of Russian society reacted to the female empowerment campaigns of clothing brands like Reebok. The campaign’s most provocative slogans were received negatively by Russian feminist organisations. The ‘how’ and ‘why’ are discussed by Anna.
Ever watched Kung Fu Panda? For one of our speakers the film has nearly taken over her life. Abrisham Ahmadzadeh talks about the realism with which the movie portrays Kung Fu practices and Chinese traditions, even though it is an American production – and all of that despite being a
Can a man be president too? Linda Kivi talks in Voices of UPF how in her childhood she looked up to female role models like then-Finnish president Tarja Halonen and Pippi Longstocking. Role models shape how people think and act, enabling dreams and empowering people. For these reasons, Linda talks