SOAS University of London

SOAS in the media 8 November 2013

8 November 2013

The Alphawood donation received extensive coverage, including BBC London News, national and regional radio and The Art Newspaper. Dr Justin Watkins was also interviewed on BBC Burma on how it will benefit Burmese art. Dr Laura Hammond commented on the temporary injunction preventing Barclays from cutting banking services to Somalia, Burzine Waghmar was interviewed about vocational education in Pakistan and The Everlasting Flame was featured in Hali Magazine.

Somali remittances: Dahabshiil granted Barclays reprieve
The Guardian - 05/11/13
"Laura Hammond, head of development studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, also stressed the need for a long-term solution. "There is a need to push ahead with efforts that have recently been announced by the government to review regulations and procedures for ensuring compliance to better safeguard the remittance corridor in the medium to long term," she said."

Somali remittances granted reprieve
BBC News - 05/11/13
"It will be the perfect opportunity for those who want to send money to Somalia to fund terrorism or enable money laundering," said Laura Hammond, a development expert at London's School of Oriental and African Studies. "It creates a black hole for accountability."

Cutting Tradition
BBC Radio 3 - 07/11/13
"What do recent debates among medical ethicists and lawyers over male infant circumcision reveal about the different ways we view male and female bodies? Rebecca Steinfeld, from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, looks at changing attitudes to religious traditions involving genital cutting."

Vocational Education - Warp not war for jailed extremists
TES - 01/11/13
"Burzine Waghmar, a member of the Centre for the Study of Pakistan at SOAS, University of London, also cast doubt on whether education would be enough to heal deep-rooted tribal and ethnic divisions."

Thought for the Day
BBC Radio 4 - 04/11/13
Alphawood donation in relation to Diwali

SOAS and Sheffield occupied by students in solidarity with striking academics
The Independent - 31/10/13
"In a statement, the Soas Strike group said that it was concerned about "the working conditions of our itinerant academic and support staff", who like the rest of striking academic staff across the country, have taken a 13 per cent pay cut in real terms over the last five years."

University staff: why we are striking
The Guardian - 30/10/13
Professor Nadje Al-Ali featured in article.

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