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Author Archives: Aisha Maniar

Who’s Afraid of Airat Vakhitov?

By the time Airat Nasimovich Vakhitov turns 40, he will already have spent a good part of his life on the run, not from justice but the Russian state. His … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Adequate Housing: Global Financial Institutions Hold the World to Ransom

In corporate finance, the world resembles the classic board game Monopoly, where players trade in and develop properties, demand rents and aim to bankrupt others. The players in this game … Continue reading

March 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

What Does the Trump Presidency Mean for Resistance in South Asia?

Before there was Donald Trump, there was Narendra Modi, India’s polarising extreme right-wing premier. “Modi was Trump before Trump became who he is”, stated Kashmiri novelist Mirza Waheed at a … Continue reading

February 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Obama’s Real Legacy at Guantánamo

As Barack Obama’s second term as US president comes to an end, much has been said and written about his achievements, or in the case of the Guantánamo Bay prison … Continue reading

January 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Deporting EU Rough Sleepers to Prevent Homelessness?

Homelessness and adequate housing are global crises of the twenty first century. The obvious manifestation of this is rough sleeping. According to the latest UK government statistics*, 3569 rough sleepers … Continue reading

January 17, 2017 · 5 Comments

Pale Shelter: Refugees in the UK

In November and December 2014, French NGO Secours Catholique (Caritas France) carried out a number of interviews with residents in the “Jungle”* in Calais, France; 54 interviews were collated in … Continue reading

December 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Saving Prisoner 650: Dr Aafia Siddiqui

Women and children are also prisoners of the US-led “war on terror”. In March 2003, Pakistani neuroscientist Dr Aafia Siddiqui and her three young children “disappeared” in Karachi, on their … Continue reading

November 6, 2016 · 1 Comment