image by Christian Jonas, via Flickr (licence CC 2.0) by Jack Layton It is now cliché to open an article on cities with the obligatory reference to the fact that over 50% of the world’s population now live in cities (54% in 2015 according to the World Bank, for the UK 83%). But I raise this not to draw attention to global pressures on resources and … Continue reading The Fabric of Urban Life
image by Neha Viswanathan, via Flickr (licence CC 2.0) by Baris Celik Summary: A group with striking resemblances to ancient secret organisations is a good reason to reevaluate some preconceived ideas. Otherwise, the reality below the iceberg will hit back with more serious risks. Countries have difficult times. They declare wars, become embroiled in border conflicts, suffer from epidemics, famine or natural disasters. And some countries are … Continue reading Understanding and explaining a failed coup attempt
image by Agência Brasil, via Wikimedia Commons (licence CC 3.0) See posts from other guest contributors for The Priori here. by Diego Angeles The Rio Olympics were an apparent success. All the scheduled events, from the opening and closing ceremonies to the sporting competitions, were carried out according to plan. The strongest, fastest and best athletes received their due. Despite concerns about the Zika virus; the budgetary constraints in … Continue reading Pax Olimpica: world peace as a brief spectacle for perverts
by Angela Muñoz Aroca Crowded celebrations coincide with greater sexual abuses to women, who still nowadays do not enjoy the same rights than men, in practice, when we talk about certain realms of the society in which women did not use to be present, as many reports show. Nevertheless, these are not the solely examples of how sexism and gender violence are still stagnant within the … Continue reading Sexism in 21st Century Western societies
by Max Schwind On the evening of July 14 2016, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel deliberately drove his 19 tonne cargo truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. He killed 83 and injured 303 people before being shot by police forces. This unspeakable tragedy has quickly been labelled as the third major Islamist terrorist attack in France after the Île-de-France attack in … Continue reading Nice, Wuerzburg, Munich, Ansbach: When is a Terrorist a Terrorist?
by the Editor, Kestell Duxbury If anyone at a party asks me what I do, I say ‘edit thepriori.co.uk.’ Unfortunately, to have the freedom to do this I actually have to go and earn a living. I write this whilst I am on sick leave from my ordinary day job. The reason for this is that on the 16th May, I was riding my motorbike … Continue reading Britain’s continuing attack on those on two wheels.
by Jack Layton In September of last year Instagram passed its 400 million user mark[i], racing past twitter for daily users. Whilst within Twitter, it’s well known that tweets with videos or embedded photos do far better than those that are singularly text based. The way we communicate is becoming more visual. This can be seen in any number of trends from the social media … Continue reading Living in a visual culture
image: freeimages.com/Brano Hudak by Hari Raithatha On 19th May 2016 the Supreme Court handed down its judgement on the case of PJS v News Group Newspapers; the so-called “Celebrity Threesome injunction” case. A brief summary of the progression of the case is set out below. PJS a well known individual in the entertainment industry engaged in extra-marital sex with AB and his partner CD In … Continue reading PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd  – Is the right to Privacy Sacrosanct?
image: freeimages.com/Jennie L by Baris Celik In his September 2014 speech at the French Parliament, Laurent Fabius argued that naming the organisation as ‘Islamic state’ is what the perpetrators are actually aiming to achieve. Although they want to be associated with Islam, as Fabius said that day, they have nothing to do with it. But the issue gets a bit murky when who has anything to … Continue reading One among many ‘Islams’: Political Islam
image used with kind permission from Leyla Williams by Jack Layton On 25th January 2016, 150 students from University College London declared that they were going on rent strike. It was a bold statement of direct action sending a clear message to UCL management that the current state of student housing was not acceptable. The accommodation was too expensive and in poor condition. It was … Continue reading Political change, is there victory in failure?