Word of the Moment: Prorogation

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 13 September 2019 > In the News

The noun prorogation and the verb prorogue were not part of most British people’s vocabulary until August 2019. Now, they’re the words on everyone’s lips. Prorogation is the suspension of Parliament. It’s not a dissolution, which happens before a new election. It’s as if the pause button has been hit. Prorogations usually happen about once … Continue reading “Word of the Moment: Prorogation”

Payback for Slavery

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 16 August 2019 > In the News

Students at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, have voted to pay reparations to the descendants of 272 slaves sold by the Jesuit university in 1838. A long-running campaign by students has identified descendants of the 272, who were sold to plantations in Louisiana. A student referendum voted for each student to pay a small amount … Continue reading “Payback for Slavery”

Boris Johnson at Number Ten

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 24 July 2019 > In the News

Britain has a new Prime Minister. After a two-month voting process following Theresa May’s resignation, the Conservative Party announced the name of its new leader on 23 July. On 24 July the Queen invited Boris Johnson to form a government. The new government has just over three months to try to find a solution to … Continue reading “Boris Johnson at Number Ten”

Singing for Freedom

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 18 July 2019 > In the News

South African singer, musician, dancer and activist Johnny Clegg has died at the age of 66. His music was an influential part of his participation in the anti-Apartheid campaign. His songs “Asimbonanga” and “Scatterlings of Africa” took his message of protest but also of unity around the world. Johnny Clegg was born in England. His … Continue reading “Singing for Freedom”

Digital Democracy in Hong Kong Protests

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 17 July 2019 > In the News

Hong Kong citizens have been protesting for weeks against a law they say would stifle political opposition by allowing activists to be extradited to mainland China for trial. In the face of surveillance, activists in the former British colony are turning to web apps to anonymously organise protests, or even vote on their next actions. … Continue reading “Digital Democracy in Hong Kong Protests”

Winners!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 08 July 2019 > In the News

At the end of the most-watched Women’s World Cup ever, an exciting final pitted the Netherlands against reigning champions the U.S.A. The Oranje held off the Stars and Stripes for the first half, but in the end the experience of the American team showed as goals from Rapinoe and Lavelle gave them their fourth World … Continue reading “Winners!”

Native Voice

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 24 June 2019 > In the News

In 2019, for the first time, the U.S.A.’s poet laureate — the nation’s “official” poet — will be a Native American. Joy Harjo is a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation from Alabama. She aims to honour both the “Native” and the “American”, saying, “When you grow up as a person in your culture, you … Continue reading “Native Voice”

May Leaves

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 07 June 2019 > In the News

British Prime Minister Theresa May stepped down as leader of the Conservative Party on 9 June, starting the process of electing a new leader, who will take over as Prime Minister. For three years, May has tried to deliver Britain’s exit from the European Union, despite having campaigned for Remain in the Brexit referendum. But … Continue reading “May Leaves”

On the Ball

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 05 June 2019 > In the News

The eighth FIFA Women’s World Cup will be held in France from 7 June to 7 July. Women’s football has come a long way since the inaugural tournament took place in China in 1991. And the players are beginning to demand closer pay and status to men’s teams. The eighth FIFA Women’s World Cup will … Continue reading “On the Ball”

Voting in the World’s Biggest Democracy

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 23 May 2019 > In the News

After six weeks of voting, the results were as rapid as they were clear: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu Nationalist party, BJP, returned to power with a landslide victory in India’s elections. The Indian electorate is so enormous it represents more than 10% of the population of Earth: over 900 million people. So the election … Continue reading “Voting in the World’s Biggest Democracy”