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Thursday 20th November 2014

Birmingham pub bombings 40 years on: why there is still no closure

Birmingham pub bombings 40 years on: why there is still no closure
Description
On 21 November 1974, Birmingham experienced a terrible tragedy. Bombs exploded in two city centre pubs killing 21 people and injuring 182 more. The violent Troubles of Northern Ireland – during which more than 3,000 people died and around 50,000 were wounded – were being taken to England by the Provisional IRA.
Date:
Thursday 20th November 2014
Categories:
Arts and Law
Thursday 28th August 2014

Global health care justice: the demands of the basic right to health

Description
Every year approximately 18 million people, largely among the world's poorest, die of preventable or treatable diseases like tuberculosis and malaria. They die because, unlike their wealthier counterparts, they lack access to even basic medicines.
Date:
Thursday 28th August 2014
Categories:
Arts and Law, Research
Thursday 8th May 2014

Words, like sculptures, are sites of struggle

Words, like sculptures, are sites of struggle
Description
During the recent upheavals in Ukraine, the global media has reported periodically on street protests that focus on statues in public spaces. By March 2014, news outlets were noting that an interactive map produced by protesters had recorded the toppling of more than 100 statues of Lenin across the country.
Date:
Thursday 8th May 2014
Categories:
Arts and Law
Thursday 17th April 2014

Instruments of torture

Description
Recent reports of Ukrainian soldiers in a Crimean base blasting out songs by Cher to drown out amplified propaganda onslaughts by the besieging Russian army remind us again that playing music need be neither innocent nor benign. Of course, music and the sound of instruments have been used to military ends at least since Joshua's trumpets flattened the walls of Jericho; a modern parallel might be the US army's 2004 bombardment of Fallujah with high-volume songs by the heavy metal band Metallica.
Date:
Thursday 17th April 2014
Categories:
Arts and Law
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