What happened after the boycott of Xinjiang cotton?

The statement on the website of Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), a Switzerland-based cotton organisation, about forced labour in Xinjiang disappeared, whilst H&M’s remains unchanged. The China Office of the organisation said in March they have conducted second-party credibility investigation and third-party verification since its registration in 2012, but found no case...

F2F meetings to return for all councils

From May 7, all council meetings across England will be required to hold meetings face to face rather than virtually, thanks to a decision made by High Court. Council meetings will take place in City Hall committee rooms and inside Lincoln Cathedrals Chapter House. Credit: David Iliff.  Councils will need...

The “prison-like” fencing erected at the University of Manchester has been torn down by students

Residents of Fallowfields halls, at the University of Manchester, woke to see that their accommodation had been surrounded with 7ft high metal fencing with one student describing it as “prison-like”. Officials say the fencing was put in place to address security concerns, "particularly about access by people who are not...

Mudslinging, misinformation, apathetic voters: Talking political trends from national to local with a stateside journalist

Amid election hype in the United States, we caught up with local news journalist Kevin Flores, editor and co-creator of grassroots multi-media publication FORTHE, to check in on this cycle’s most urgent policies as well as a compare-contrast national versus civic political engagement.  In addition to hyperlocal news coverage, the...

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