The largest humanitarian crisis in the world is occurring in Yemen right now, and the world is still glossing over it. Five years of war, pitting the internationally-recognised government backed by a Saudi-led coalition against the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels – and civilians are the ones who continue to bear the brunt of the conflict.
30 residents of Direct Provision began a hunger strike after being left “traumatised” by their inhumane living conditions under the scheme. Now the government have announced that will move the residents and the hunger strike has come to a close. But how and why could the strikes happen in the first place?
The 33rd Dáil saw Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin elected as Taoiseach in the midst of a coalition of Fianna Fáil, Fianna Gael and the Greens. However, despite the historic nature of the abandonment of Civil War politics, that age-old discrepancy in the representation of women in politics continues: out of a Cabinet of sixteen, only four female Ministers have been appointed.
STAND spoke to Evgeny Shtorn, Russian LGBTQ+ and direct provision activist, scholar and poet, and Rayann, community organiser, advocate for black queer folk in Ireland and poet. Both agreed that while Pride had accomplished so much, but was and still is, first and foremost, a protest.
Over the past few months, while immersed in the coronavirus pandemic, Ireland has successfully “flattened the curve”, with daily confirmed cases finally reaching below 50 consistently. As wider society marks this triumph with the gradual easing of restrictions, people on the margins continue to suffer greatly, with little recognition or action. Covid-19 infection has increased rapidly in Direct Provision centres around the country.
Some of you may have seen the recent video release of a parody protest mocking Gemma O’Doherty by Dundalk group TPM. O’Doherty and fellow ex-journalist John Waters applied in early May for permission to challenge laws introduced by the Republic due to Covid-19. We breakdown their arguments and give an analysis into where it all went wrong.
Many are concerned that, upon emerging from the current crisis, a tool will have been created that enables widespread data collection on the population, or on targeted sections of the population, for surveillance. Concerns are further fed by security threats recently discovered with the UK’s beta app.