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SOAS in the media 21 February

21 February 2014

Professor Nadje Al-Ali published an article in The Conversation UK on Egyptian sexual harassment activists battling growing acceptance of violence, Professor Laleh Khalili was a guest on BBC World Service Weekend covering the week's headlines, Narguess Farzad explores the life and work of Persian poet Al-Rumi on BBC Radio 3's 'Islamic Golden Age', Dr Caspar Melville paid tribute to cultural theorist Professor Stuart Hall on BBC Radio 4, Dr James Mallinson was a guest on BBC Beyond Belief on whether yoga's spiritual roots are being neglected, Dr John Campbell was featured in The Independent and Wired.co.uk on Ethiopia's use of spyware, Dr Arshin Adib-Moghaddam was interviewed about Iran and US relations on Iran Review, Dr Dafydd Fell commented on the Taiwan and China talks, Professor Peter Mollinga's lecture on interdisciplinary at LIDC was cited in SciDev.net and SOAS was featured in New Scientist as a place of study for students interested in a "strong political scene".

Egyptian sexual harassment activists battle growing acceptance of violence
The Conversation UK - 15/02/14
Article written by Professor Nadje Al-Ali

Professor Laleh Khalili on the week's headlines, including Valentine's Day, the Olympics and Professor Stuart Hall
BBC World Service Weekend
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Dr Caspar Melville pays tribute to Professor Stuart Hall
BBC Radio 4
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Dr James Mallinson on 'Does the growth in yoga's popularity, particularly in the West, mean that its spiritual content and religious roots are being neglected?'
BBC Beyond Belief
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The Islamic Golden Age
BBC Radio 3 - 14/02/2014
Narguess Farzad explores the life and work of the Persian poet, Al-Rumi.
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Research without fixed boundaries
SciDev.net - 17/02/2014
"For the quiz, Mollinga, professor of development studies at SOAS (the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies), put the faces of two unfamiliar men and one woman on the screen and took a poll: who did we think was the natural scientist, who was the social scientist and who was the economist?"

Ethiopian refugee 'illegally' spied on using British software
Wired.co.uk
"Ethiopia's track record with political opposition is not great. Aside from the 2005 election controversy (the government maintains the violence was induced by opposition), SOAS lecturer John Campbell says there have been plenty of other examples since."

Ethiopian political refugee living in London alleges he was victim of 'unprecedented example of espionage on British soil'
The Independent - 17/02/14
"John Campbell, a senior lecturer at the University of London’s SOAS, said the FinSpy case had “extensive implications” for the Home Office and could lead to more asylum claims if political opponents were being subjected to computer espionage. He said that scores of Ethiopian political dissidents had been arrested since the 2005 national elections and that some had been given life sentences."

Renewed Iranian-American Relations Stabilize World Politics
Iran Review - 16/02/14
Interview with Dr Arshin Adib-Moghaddam about Iran and US relations.

Alternative choice: Student life isn't just studying
New Scientist - 19/02/2014
"Students looking to participate in a "strong political scene", on the other hand, might consider courses at SOAS or the University of Oxford, for instance."

Generation Y: why young job seekers want more than money
Guardian - 19/02/14
"The traditional model of doing social and charitable good when you have reached a certain level of economic wealth, namely later in life, is no longer viable," says Claritta Peters, a student involved with social enterprise at SOAS Ventures. "Young people want to simultaneously reach levels of financial wellbeing as well as achieving social good."

G8 New Alliance condemned as new wave of colonialism in Africa
Guardian Development - 18/02/2014
"Colin Poulton, a research fellow at the centre for development, environment and policy at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, told the Guardian: "Without a clear theory of change indicating how increased investment in large-scale agriculture will lead to poverty reduction, improved food security or nutrition, and without clear plans to ensure that large numbers of outgrowers will be engaged in the new value chains, the New Alliance is so far primarily an initiative to commercialise agriculture in Africa."

DR Congo massacre may alter international law
Al Jazeera - 15/02/2014
"The acquittal highlighted the fundamental weakness of the evidence gathered by the prosecution," Phil Clark, a political scientist at the University of London who is specialises in the region, told Al Jazeera."

Recalling the Future
Aesthetica Magazine's blog - 20/02/2014
Review of the exhibition.