Star & Crescent 1st Birthday Bash April 27th


Star & Crescent would like to invite you to celebrate their first birthday this April in the University of Portsmouth‘s very own Eldon building.

It’s been an extraordinary first year for Star & Crescent, the City’s first independent hyperlocal news, culture and commentary website, made by and for the people of Portsmouth.  In that brief time we’ve achieved a national scoop, had our investigative journalism quoted and republished in major media, and obtained a prestigious NESTA grant to boost our online profile. Most of all we’re proud to have brought together the talents of 100+ journalists, artists, photographers, poets, satirists and fiction writers from both the University of Portsmouth and the City’s wider creative scene.

Join us for a thrilling multimedia celebration of critical thinking and speaking truth to power – a night of music, film, visual art, readings and discussion – in Eldon Building lobby at 6pm on Wednesday 27th April.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (BST) Add to Calendar
Eldon Building – Southsea PO5, United Kingdom – View Map

Book your tickets here.

Camouflaging More Campuses


Very chuffed that my last story for Star & Crescent, ‘The Camouflaged Campus’ has been reproduced on the Campaign Against the Arms Trade Universities Network website here. I hope this will get the message out to a wider audience and raise consciousness about the disturbing ‘militarisation’ of our universities.

Blog #29 – New stories in Red Pepper and New Internationalist

In the upcoming issue of Red Pepper you’ll find my interview with Filipino eco-socialist Red Constantino, who talks about his electric jeepney initiative, green reform versus green revolution and the challenges facing the Philippine Left. My report on the struggles of working people in Oman, a country I visited a little after the Arab Spring, will be in January’s edition of New Internationalist.


Blog #28 – New story in New African

My new story about African expats in Manila, ‘Why Africans are Falling for the Philippines’, is in the current edition of New African. An Egyptian Muslim woman shares her experiences of Islamophobia, a South African praises Filipino drivers and a Kenyan teacher riffs on the playful atmosphere of her workplace. P1000323