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SOAS in the media Friday 4 July 2014

4 July 2014

Dr Tim Pringle commented on Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement in DW.de, Arshin Adib-Moghaddam was quoted in Tehran Times on the 1987 chemical attacks on Sardasht, Dr Laura Hammond was interviewed by Think Africa Press on infighting in Kenya, Professor Christopher Cramer published a piece on Fairtrade and looking beyond the label in the Guardian - this follows findings from 'Fairtrade, Employment and Poverty Reduction in Ethiopia and Uganda' release in May. The project continues to be cited in the media, Professor Cramer was also interviewed by Spiked.com, Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten and German publication Novo Argumente recently. Events in Iraq continue to be covered by SOAS scholars - Professor Nadje Al-Ali, Professor Charles Tripp and Seyed Ali Alavi were interviewed by Russian PenzaNews Agency, Reuters and Prospect Magazine respectively. Professor Stephen Chan published an article on 'African football will only improve once African nations do' in The Conversation, Professor Alfredo Saad Filho was interviewed by Bulgarian TV network News 7 on Brazil, the World Cup, social movements in the country and the broader process of 'rise of the South', Thomas Marois was interviewed by Uluslararasi Politika Akademisi on contemporary Turkish politics and finance, Mohammad Ali Shabani published an op-ed in New York Times on 'America and Iran Can Save Iraq', Dr Phil Clark commented on the new African Court of Justice and Human Rights on BBC Radio Derby and Dr Jim Hoare was quote in the Guardian on North Korean restaurants in Asia raising money for the regime. Finally, BBC Radio 2 reported Janie from Shropshire has enrolled to learn Turkish at the SOAS Summer Schools!

Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement gains momentum
Deutsch Welle - 01/07/2014"Tim Pringle, a Hong Kong permanent resident and senior lecturer at SOAS University of London, has a similar view. He told Hong Kong society had become increasingly polarized since 2003 when the city witnessed the first great pro-democracy march of the post-colonial era."

Iran will never forget chemical weapons attack on Sardasht
Tehran Times (Web) - 28/06/2014
"Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, the chair of the Centre for Iranian Studies of the London Middle East Institute of the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, said Western companies helped Saddam commit atrocities against Iranians and Iraqi Kurds."

Kenya’s Infighting is Good for No-one, Except Al-Shabaab
Think Africa Press - 29/06/2014
"The policy may have worked in al-Shabaab’s favour. As Laura Hammond, an expert on Somalia at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), puts it, "every time [the Kenyan government] ramps up its hostility towards Somalis it plays directly into the hands of al-Shabaab, who are seeking to cast the Kenyan government as anti-Somali and anti-Muslim… The possibility for increased radicalism becomes greater.”

(Un)Fairtrade: is it time we looked beyond the label?
Guardian.co.uk (Web) - 01/07/2014
Article by Professor Christopher Cramer. 

Fairtrade has thrown its toys out of its cot
Spiked.com - 24/06/2014
"Two weeks ago, academics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London published a report that was highly critical of Fairtrade. The report stated that workers employed on farms that were part of Fairtrade programmes were usually paid less and had worse working conditions than their peers on non-Fairtrade farms."

Fairtrade: Abwehren, aussitzen, wegducken
Novo Argumente - 24/06/2014
"Die School of Oriental and African Studies (S.O.A.S.) der University of London veröffentlichte Mitte Mai einen Forschungsbericht [1], der sich äußerst kritisch mit Fairtrade auseinandersetzte."

Fairtrade kæmper mod fattigdom ét lag ad gangen
Jyllands Posten - 28/06/2014
"Baggrunden for kritikken skyldes en rapport fra University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), som konkluderer, at afrikanske landarbejdere ikke nyder godt af, at deres produkt er Fairtrade-mærket."

Fair trade is still a rich harvest
The Tablet (Web) - 27/06/2014
"Soas is not, of course, recommending Stalin’s methods, even if Professor Christopher Cramer, the lead researcher, has publicly quoted Lenin’s negative verdict on cooperatives with approval. However, it is not self-evident that the creation of a landless workforce employed by large, probably foreign-owned, agribusinesses in a form of state capitalism would be an improvement from the perspective of either the smaller farmers or wider society."

Sectarian genie is out of the bottle from Syria to Iraq
Reuters India - 30/06/2014
"In Iraq, says Professor Charles Tripp at London University's School of Oriental and African Studies, the process began in the 1990s when Saddam Hussein, the dictator toppled in 2003, started a “piety campaign” to solidify support for his otherwise secular regime in the face of crippling international sanctions."

African football will only improve once African nations do
The Conversation - 01/07/2014
Article written by Professor Stephen Chan.

North Korean restaurants springing up around Asia to raise money for regime
Guardian.co.uk - 26/06/2014
"James Hoare, a North Korean specialist at Soas University of London and former British chargé d’affaires in Pyongyang, said the waitresses, who are recruited partly because they are from politically loyal families, live in compounds near the premises."

America and Iran Can Save Iraq
New York Times - 26/06/2014
Article written by Mohammad Ali Shabani.