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Guantánamo Bay: 20 Years of Absent Justice

Modern History The US launched the “war on terror” in response to the 9/11 attacks in New York City in 2001. As well as the countless casualties of its multiple … Continue reading

January 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

United Kingdom: Response to the Language and Communication Challenges of the Coronavirus Pandemic

1. Introduction “In crises where human-induced or natural hazards develop into major disasters that have significant impacts on society, the power of language becomes extremely significant” (2020:4). Indeed, “the availability … Continue reading

March 10, 2021 · Leave a comment

Foreign Language Court Interpreting Contract Extended Again

The past year has exposed public sector austerity and privatisation as a means for the government to award lucrative public sector contracts to friends, family and preferred suppliers in return … Continue reading

February 16, 2021 · 2 Comments

Home Office Interpreters: Scapegoats for a Failing Asylum System

Language plays a significant role in the asylum process. Of the 32,268 asylum applications registered by the Home Office in 2018-19, 85% were made by applicants recorded as non-English speakers. … Continue reading

December 4, 2020 · 1 Comment

A Bid for Justice? Legal Interpreting Privatisation in Europe

Interpretation and translation in legal proceedings is a guaranteed right in Europe for foreign and non-spoken (sign) language users. Only interpreting of foreign spoken languages is considered here, although much … Continue reading

September 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Kashmir Has Been under Lockdown for a Whole Year

Facing protests against the economic policies of the ruling Hindu nationalist BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party), Indian Prime Narendra Modi’s 2019 re-election bid adopted the British colonial divide-and-rule approach, targeting the … Continue reading

July 29, 2020 · 1 Comment

Privatisation and a Pandemic Pose Challenges to Court Interpreters

The coronavirus pandemic has shattered the myth that the decade-long programme of austerity and public service privatisation in the United Kingdom have increased efficiency or saved money. Instead, applying a … Continue reading

July 16, 2020 · 1 Comment

Child Labour: A Growth Sector in a Financial Crisis

The number of children engaged in child labour around the world fell by 94 million in the past two decades. This positive achievement represents significant efforts by governments, international organisations … Continue reading

June 30, 2020 · 1 Comment

Refugees: The New “One Percent”

In early April 2020, 3.9 billion people, more than half of Earth’s population, were subject to some form of lockdown related to the Covid19 coronavirus pandemic. The public health crisis … Continue reading

June 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Iraq is the New Guantánamo

Then In the years following 9/11 and the start of the war in Afghanistan in October 2001, over 50,000 men, women and children were detained in Afghanistan by the US … Continue reading

February 5, 2020 · Leave a comment