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Australia tweeted #illridewithyou - and showed great solidarity in moment of crisis

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Social Policy's Dr Chris Allen writes for The Conversation, following the hostage taking in Sydney, when thousands of ordinary Australians turned to social media to spread a message of unprecedented tolerance and solidarity.
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Tuesday 16th December 2014
The poppy hijab is just Islamophobia with a floral motif

The poppy hijab is just Islamophobia with a floral motif

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For some time, my research has shown that Muslim women who wear the hijab or other types of Muslim attire are the most likely to become victims of street-level Islamophobia. The explanation is simple: those wearing the hijab are easily recognisable as being Muslim. For perpetrators, the hijab is also seen to symbolise Islam, or more appropriately, all that they perceive to be wrong or problematic about Islam.
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Wednesday 5th November 2014
Opting out of Mediterranean rescue condemns desperate migrants to death

Opting out of Mediterranean rescue condemns desperate migrants to death

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The UK government is seeking to defend its decision not to support rescue missions for migrants making the dangerous crossing to Europe via the central Mediterranean - Dr Nando Sigona writes in 'The Conversation'.
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Wednesday 29th October 2014
Humiliated party leaders still can't deal with the UKIP threat

Humiliated party leaders still can't deal with the UKIP threat

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"Something big is happening here". Those were the words of Nigel Farage following the news that Douglas Carswell had become UKIP's first member of parliament in the Clacton by-election.
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Monday 13th October 2014

Shadow of extremism scandal lingers as Birmingham goes back to school

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If a week is a long time in politics, then the school summer holidays must have seemed like a lifetime the for governors, teachers, pupils and staff at the 21 schools at the centre of the Trojan Horse plot in Birmingham.
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Wednesday 3rd September 2014
Whose sea? Mare nostrum and the politics of migration in the Med

Whose sea? Mare nostrum and the politics of migration in the Med

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On the eve of Italy's EU presidency, IRiS academic Dr Sigona discusses the politics underpinning current responses to the migration crisis in the Med and how new wave of nationalism could scupper Italy's bid for EU-wide response to migrant boats.
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Tuesday 1st July 2014
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