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”

The Election that wasn’t Supposed to Happen

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

Voting in the European Parliamentary elections started on 23 May in the Netherlands and the UK — where the elections weren’t supposed to take place at all. One more chapter in the chaos of Brexit. The UK was supposed to leave the EU on 29 March, following the Brexit referendum. However, since the Conservative Government … Continue reading “The Election that wasn’t Supposed to Happen”

Australian Election Turnaround

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

Australia’s Liberal National Coalition has scored a surprise victory in the federal election called by Liberal Party Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The minority coalition in power was behind in opinion polls for a year, and no one expected them to win. Scott Morrison was the sixth Prime Minister in six years, with both parties having … Continue reading “Australian Election Turnaround”

It’s a Boy!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 07 May 2019 > In the News

Britain is celebrating a new royal baby, as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced the birth of their son on 6 May 2019. The British capital decided to have babies welcome the baby. The new baby, who is the seventh in line to the throne, has been named Archie. He is unusual in the Royal … Continue reading “It’s a Boy!”