How right-wing conspiracy theories led Elon Musk to destroy Twitter
A recent report has uncovered that a simple text recommendation to a right-wing website led the world's richest man to re-instate the accounts of known Neo-Nazis and tank one of the world's biggest social media platforms.
Athletes Against Apartheid
Para-cycling team Gaza Sunbirds dream of competing at the Paralympics has been put on hold. They're calling on the sporting world to lend their voices to the plight of Palestinians.
Suffering from SAD will be even more challenging this winter
As winter approaches, we can no longer separate SAD symptoms from our sociopolitical climate.
What Ezra Miller’s case says about the problematics of using mental health to frame abuse as “wild behaviour.”
How the cost of living crisis is taxing aspiration
Youth worker Nathan Tuft investigates the impact the cost of living crisis is having on young people's aspirations.
Travel agencies are monetising their exploitation of indigenous communities
Despite the discourse around maltreatment of indigenous peoples expanding in recent years, the influx of ‘tourism experiences’ this coming 2023 is alarming.
Eco-anxiety, and the privilege of potential climate threats
We shouldn’t be anxious, we should be angry.
The conservative government is breeding addiction
Tory MPs are quick to tarnish addicts and drug users, with no consideration for why their own policies might push people towards the escapism drugs can afford.
How women's bodies have been ploughed under capitalism
Political activist Silvia Federici's Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation is as relevant for exploring patterns of misogyny today, as the 15th century climate it references.
The Extradition of Julian Assange is an attack on press freedoms
Whilst being held in Belmarsh prison, British Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has approved the extradition of Julian Assange to the US on espionage charges
The rise in living costs will impact vulnerable communities the hardest
Whilst many households will surely be impacted by the rise in living costs, already vulnerable minoritised communities will bear the brunt of such increases.
High & Mighty: Is the Weed Industry Neocolonial?
Vice's Strain Hunters features a Dutch based weed company travelling the global south in search of lucrative exotic material. Sound familiar?
Discriminatory, Unlawful and Unjust: The Nationality Bill and a Decadent Britain
We spoke to a Black British source, (false name provided) who’s experienced this prejudice first hand
Britain’s Obsession with Drinking Culture
Emily Malia explores the link between the disappearance of public spaces and Britain's dependency on alcohol. With specific attention to university culture.
Girls Night In: The Boycott Symbolic of Our Exhaustion
Young women are preparing to boycott nightclubs in protest of their lack of protection for women amidst a worry trend of spiking by injection. Orla McHale reports on plans for Girls Night In.
Who’s to blame for the Climate Crisis?
The U.K. is dumping tonnes of plastic abroad, floods are ravaging Belgium, England and Germany. Siberia and the actual Ocean are on fire. But are we to blame?
How colonial lies shaped African sexuality
To close out pride month our latest article uncovers the scale of discrimination against LGBTQIA+ people in sub-Saharan Africa. Showcasing the need for pride as a worldwide protest to remain
The Threat of Fascism is Here
Hani Thapa explores the parallels between the current Conservative government and widely understood conceptions of fascism.
Why is Britain in denial of institutional racism?
When issues such as institutional racism are brought to light, even with supporting cases, many Britons choose to deny and resist its existence. Connie Yates explores why
It may not be all men, but it is all women
Annabel Martin reflects on the tragic loss of Sarah Everard and what she represents to women the world over with a critical look at the "not all men" brigade.
Emotional abuse criminalised in Scotland under the 2018 Domestic Abuse Act, despite no specific training
Aided by celebrity testimony, the public has been made aware of the toll of emotional abuse. Scotland has taken action criminalising emotional abuse, but implementation is lacking.
The government’s commitment to surpressing the past
Robert Jenrick and Boris Johnson want status of slavers to be protected to "protect British history". But British history has been sanitised by governments for decades
My life is currently worth about the price of a reusable bag
An anonymous supermarket worker shares her thoughts on the government and public's behaviour during the pandemic. With reference to government policy, the public's following (or lack thereof following) of guidelines and employment protections.
Navigating Covid with neurological differences
Freddie Jones' explores and draws from experience, the difficulties of navigating the pandemic with neurological differences
"Arthritis? That’s just for old people right?" Wrong.
Our new article by Leah Deeney explores what an Osteoarthritis diagnosis means for a woman in their early 20's
Students - Customers when it's convenient
The toll of Coronavirus on university students and how they are selectively treated as customers of the private sector. With insight from an anonymous nursing student who speaks on how being deployed to a Covid ward has altered her educational experience.
Influencers - A global pandemic through rose tinted filters
Hannah Kitty Brownbill explores how luxury getaways and designer goods has made the lockdown harder. With insight from students and NHS workers.
Why right-wing populist leaders are botching Covid
Worldwide the countries struggling most to contain Covid are ones led by right-wing, populist, male leaders. We explore why.
Men Ruin Everything: Gym Edition
Josephine Ewoma of the fitness page Just Josephine speaks to her own experiences and those of countless other female gym-goers having their workouts jeopardised by predatory men. After posting on her Instagram asking for other's accounts of harassment she was inundated with troubling stories. She speaks to her's and countless other women's testimonials here
Anything But Change
The replacement of Edward Colston's statue with Jen Reid is a nice moment. But is symptomatic of a culture of symbolism in lieu of action.
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Halima Nashir unpacks the origins of anti-black racism and explains the way a necessity for cheap labour under capitalism set the beginnings of Britain and Europe's love affair with anti-black racism.
Q&A with Chinwag Call
Chinwag Call is a creative project centred around opening up a dialogue amongst recovering addicts. We at the Sludge Magazine office sat down with it's founder Jacob Newton to discuss the project
Billionaire brunches and black liberation
As Kanye West reportedly joins Jay-Z as rapper turned billionaire it’s important to remind ourselves that more black billionaires doesn’t equal liberation for black people.
Praised on the catwalk, punished in the classroom
Black pupils are being excluded from school for wearing hairstyles appropriated by non-black fashion houses
Why it’s okay to lack motivation whilst under lockdown
We're really proud of all of you who are spending this time working on yourselves, but if you're just getting by or even a bit fed up that's okay too. Our new article by Emmie Cosgrove tells you why
LOCKDOWN: Couples Edition
Are you tearing your hair out isolating with your significant other? If so our new article by Lauren Dorling is here to help with four top tips for surviving Lockdown: Couple's Edition
The root of modern medicine's failings towards black mothers
Recently a disturbing statistic began recirculating via Twitter: That black mothers in the U.K. are five times more likely to die during childbirth. Martyn Ewoma's new article explores the deeply entrenched synergy between racism and modern medicine that contributes to this. As well as accounts from his own birth
Four Ways To Find The Will To Live When You've Lost It
The dust from Mental Health Awareness month has settled, but unfortunately adversity exists all the year round. Lauren Dorling offers us her four top tips for conquering introspective quandaries.
The Politics of Apathy
Far-right rhetoric and legislation is slowly becoming more publicly palatable, whilst challenges are being shaped as an infringement on the expression of ideas. Ellen’s reasoning that her friendship with George W. Bush is nothing more than “being friends with someone that doesn’t share the same beliefs that she does” is evidence of how the gravity of political ideology is being undermined.
The De-politicisation of Mental Health Discourse
Mental Health Awareness Week is an example of how far society has come in terms of de-stigmatising mental health issues. It is now time for government to be as proactive as the people they represent.
My milkshake makes for a forlorn Farage
In a landscape of British politics mired by political violence. The throwing of milkshakes at fascists, has proved a step too far for the liberal left wing and far right alike
Caster Semenya: When Fairness Is False
Writer Tariyé Peterside delves in to the ever political world of sports to explore the IAAF's decision to deny Caster Semenya the right to compete in the sport she has long dominated
Performative “cancel culture” is only reproducing societal inequalities
In the wake of Finding Neverland and Surviving R Kelly, conversations around whether entertainers’ personal misdemeanours should impact people’s relationships with their work have been renewed. Unfortunately, condemnation is often hypocritical and disingenuous.
Does the Pope's stance of the death penalty matter?
Pope Francis' renewed stance on the Catholic Church has taken a huge 180 and the clergy are less than impressed
Pejoration for Power
How the right wings co-opting of left wing terminology has rendered political discourse illegible.
Freedom of speech ≠ freedom from consequence
Whilst drill rappers are literally being imprisoned for their lyrics, and professional athletes careers are being destroyed for speaking out against discrimination, sections of the far-right believe the biggest affront to freedom of speech in the modern world is being held accountable for spreading racial hatred. Martyn Ewoma explores why this is and the deadly consequences.
What do bank holidays mean to working Brits in 2018?
The evolution of automated technology is changing the landscape of work in the U.K. but is legislation keeping up? We spoke to range of workers who've ditched the 9-5 life for other work pursuits to see if they're better off or just as subservient to the rat race.
Climate activists: Pull it out before the earth puts out.
As youth protests for politicians to take firmer action on climate change, Lauren Dorling explains some climate activists' theory that the reproduction of youth is the biggest problem in itself.
Why Trump and team owners are missing the point
Now the poster boy for Nike's foray in to social justice, in 2016 Colin Kaepernick created a media storm by kneeling during the national anthem. So much so that President Trump saw fit to weigh in. Nicholas Borghesi explores the president and NFL's disdain for peaceful protest.