Posts By: Andrea Kurland

What does it mean to be an Afropunk today?

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This weekend, Afropunk returned to the UK for its second consecutive year. The Brooklyn-born arts festival has been celebrating black subcultures since its inception in 2005; sidestepping the music mainstream to venture into darker, less explored territory. Initially created as a way of unifying the black punk community, the festival has actually become much more inclusive… Read more »

How young Ukrainians are fighting for a better future

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Ukraine is still healing. Following the shocking deaths of over 100 protesters in the Euromaidan uprising – a wave of protests triggered by frustrated citizens calling for European integration and an end to political corruption – Ukrainians are still processing the violence that ensued. After the bloodless Orange Revolution in 2005, many thought these protests… Read more »

Why are the G20 protesters being portrayed as ‘militants’?

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Last weekend, Hamburg played host to the ninth G20 leader’s summit. With representatives from the world’s biggest economies congregating to discuss global economic growth, the backlash – like every year – was inevitable. Thousands of protesters, unhappy with the ruinous effects of capitalism, swept the city’s streets to make their voices heard. The reported result?… Read more »

Inside Grow Heathrow: the UK’s most famous protest camp

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Matt, 30, was homeless when he first stumbled across Grow Heathrow – a four-acre protest camp built seven years ago to oppose the expansion of London’s busiest airport. Before that, the activist had been evicted from a “horrifically oppressive and violent” shelter, where he was caught trying to help other residents claim benefits instead of applying… Read more »

Self-appointed ‘King’ Macron is no antidote to Trump

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It’s inescapable: the President of France is behaving very strangely. ‘Democracy is not enough by itself,’ he pronounced in a new book. ‘In French politics, this absence is the presence of a King, a king whom, fundamentally, I don’t think the French people wanted dead.’ That king will, of course, be himself. Philosopher Bertrand Russell… Read more »

The Bristol Bike Project is transforming lives with the power of two wheels

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Stokes Croft, in the city of Bristol, has long been a hotbed of creativity and activism: a microcosm that retains its independent roots even in a time of increased gentrification and development. Nestled under the Banksy-adorned Hamilton House, an otherwise standard five-storey office block, lies the Bristol Bike Project (BBP), a workshop-cum-bike shop that sells… Read more »

“If the world can see, the world can change”

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The world has never been so challenging. And in this age of deepening divides, photography has never been so important. With more images being made than ever before, photographers who choose to place themselves at the pivot points of change – capturing grassroots movements as they form and rise – help us all bear witness… Read more »