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Introductory statements were made by Neelam Chhara, Co-founder of Decolonising Our Minds and final year politics student.

Discussions around legacies of colonialism have been highlighted nationwide through campaigns such as Why Is My Curriculum White and the Rhodes Must Fall Oxford movement which have underlined the colonial violence embedded in universities.

The new SOAS Director Valerie Amos came to SOAS Radio for her first interview 3 months into her new job - we talked about her background and issues that are happening at SOAS at the moment.

We had a chance to briefly chat to Bristol based poet, MC, guitarist and all round top bloke Dizraeli. He discussed inspirational teachers, gave great advice on writing and the creative process, and described a very healthy meal for us!

His last gigs ever with Dizraeli and the Small Gods are happening on Friday 25th September at the Islington Assembly Hall in London and then Saturday 26th September at the Marble Factory in Bristol.

Who lives in London has surely many occasions to enjoy Japan's pop culture. As every Londoner otaku knows, the biggest summer event is HYPER JAPAN, the three-day festival entirely focused on every aspect of J-culture. In this week's episode the duo composed of Anthea and Rice tells what your professors experienced during both the editions of Hyper Japan they attended in 2014. The common theme underlying both trips turned out to be Vocaloid, therefore your professors decided to dedicate this episode to Hatsune Miku & Co. as well!We even got an exclusive interview with not one, but TWO personalities linked to the Vocaloid software! We met Yanagi Nagi, the first vocalist of Supercell to replace Miku as their singer, and Yoshiaki Masaki, the representative of the mega-Miku-fan-group Mirai no Neiro. We rock, don't we?!

On the 17th of March, Joel Simon and Elisabeth Witchel discussed the increasing threat presented to press freedom, news coverage, and the right of citizens to be informed. They talked about the modern dangers and constraints of journalism, and on the rising trend in which journalists around the world are targeted for their reporting on topical issues. Also touched upon is the fact that the suspected killers are often powerful figures in society who are rarely prosecuted, resulting in damaging consequences for the role of the media today.

On the 9th of March, Professor Charles King gave a talk on his new book, 'Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul'. Charles King reveals the hidden Islamic jazz age in a period of urban reinvention and imperial collapse: a moment when the center of the Ottoman Empire began to transform itself into a modern metropolis. Through war, regime change, and refugee flight, Istanbul emerged as a new kind of cosmopolitan center.

On the 3rd of March, Dr Susan Harris Rimmer gave a talk on gender in the field of diplomacy studies. The talk focuses on how the new representation of women and LGBTI+ persons in the practice of diplomacy since the mid-twentieth century should have made a profound impact on the field of diplomacy studies. The ensuing discussion reveals that in fact, the ‘business model’ of diplomacy has been resistant to transformation on gender equality grounds thus far in terms of language, practice and content.

Panel discussion held on World Radio Day, 13th February 2015, at SOAS, University of London, with presentations by: Sharath Srinivasan, Center for Governance and Human Rights, University of Cambridge, Kevin Perkins, Farm Radio International, Will Snell, Development Media International, and Daniel Bruce, Internews Europe. Moderated by Carlos Chirinos, Department of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London.

On the 25th of February, the 13th Annual Ruth Steinkraus-Cohen International Law lecture was held in association with the United Nations Association Westminster Branch, the Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy at SOAS, and the International Committee of the Bar Council of England and Wales. The lecture was led by Dr Ahmed Shaheed. Dr Shaheed argued for a greater use of the special procedures system, including closer integration into the Rights Up Front framework proposed by Ban Ki Moon in 2013.

On the 24th of February, a panel comprised of Rebecca Sharkey, Sarah Graham-Brown and Dr Dan Plesch led a seminar that looked into the tension between military strategic thinking and the primacy of the humanitarian imperative. The discussion explores how, since the creation of the atomic bomb, the world's leading scientists and leaders have made repeated calls urging a deeper understanding of the threat to humanity posed by nuclear weapons. Rebecca Sharkey is the Co-ordinater of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in the UK.

On the 17th of February, Professor Peter Slinn gave a talk on the British Commonwealth and the Rule of Law from a practitioner's perspective. The talk addressed a wide range of critical issues concerning the history and legal significance of the Commonwealth. Discussion extended as far as addressing the relevance of the Commonwealth as a political entity in the modern world. Professor Slinn qualified as a solicitor in 1967, when he began his career as a legal adviser in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

On the 20th of January, Dr Laura Hammond chaired a discussion featuring the content of the newly released book, 'Post-2015 UN Development: Making Change Happen?'. The talk was headed by a number of academics involved in the project including editors Dr Thomas G. Weiss and Stephen Browne, as well as contributor Richard O'Brien. The arguments provided are that the most valuable roles of the UN are in fostering global cooperation to confront emerging development challenges, and that there are currently concrete and realistic proposals to strengthen the UN’s capacities.

World Radio Day London
13th February 2015 at SOAS, University of London
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World Radio Day London is a Seminar and Trade Fair showcasing the latest research and innovations in the field of Radio and Development Communication, held in the heart of the University of London.

On the 13th of January, Dr Mark S. Ellis gave a talk on the topic of his new book, "Sovereignty and Justice: Balancing the Principle of Complementarity between International and Domestic War Crimes Tribunals". Dr Ellis discusses the critical issues facing international criminal justice and makes practical, forward-looking propositions on how to make the system of international law more efficient. Dr Ellis is the Executive Director of the International Bar Association (IBA), leading the foremost international organisation of bar associations, law firms and individual lawyers in the world.

On the 3rd of December, Carne Ross gave a lecture on his experience and work as a diplomat, challenging both the current British system of political government as well as standardized approaches to global crises. Discussing his books 'Leaderless Generation' and 'The Independent Diplomat: Dispatches from an Unaccountable Elite', Carne illustrates his purpose for founding the Independent Diplomat - a non-profit advisory group in the world of diplomacy. Carne was a British diplomat for over fifteen years before resigning in 2004 in protest to Britain's invasion of Iraq.

SOAS SU Current Affairs Lecture Series

The chaos in Iraq has its roots in the fractured state building project brought about by the occupation of the country. This event invites former Coalition Provisional Authority officials and experts to discuss the repercussions of the statebuilding project in Iraq.

For the third episode of the Fossil Free SOAS ‘Divestment Digest’ we were joined by Bill McKibben, a co-founder of the organisation, and key advocate for fossil fuel divestment.

On the 19th of November a panel comprised of Professor Kevin Jon Heller, Shanti Sattler, Dr Mark Ellis, Dr Lutz Oette, and Dr Dan Plesch discussed the International Criminal Court (ICC) in relation to new evidence of national war crime trials held after World War II. This new evidence was discussed in the context of complementary justice, torture, and the prosecution of sexual crimes and low-level criminals. Professor Heller served as Human Rights Watch’s external legal adviser on the trial of Saddam Hussein and currently teaches Criminal Law at SOAS, University of London.

On the 11th of November, Jack Blum gave a lecture about the challenges of Corporate Accountability and Limited Liability (CALL) in a globalised world. He discusses it in the context of state kleptocracy and personal responsibilities. Fraud and corruption run through the economy, hidden in technology and off-shore locations. The question posed is "How can we make companies and governments more accountable?".

For the second show of the Fossil Free SOAS ‘Divestment Digest’, we meet with representatives from Fossil Free UCL and Kings College to talk about the need to unite campus activists for fossil fuel divestment.

On the 21st of October, Dr Graciana del Castillo gave a lecture discussing the current concerns presented in her latest book, 'Guilty Party: The International Community in Afghanistan’. The lecture included commentary on aid and drug dependency in Afghanistan, as well as the challenges that both the new government and the international community face in bringing peace, stability and prosperity to the region. Dr Graciana del Castillo is an expert on countries in crises, including those affected by conflict, natural disasters and financial collapse.

On the 22nd of October, Dr David Bosco and Anthony Dworkin gave a lecture about the current and future challenges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in a world of power politics, specifically the argument that the court is biased and a Western tool of imperialism, ignoring the crimes committed by Great Power states. David Bosco is an assistant professor at American University's School of International Service.

On September 26th 2014, the SOAS Students’ Union hosted its first public lecture of the year, in collaboration with the London Middle East Institute and the Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS. The event featured 3 speakers who specialise in the Middle East, and addressed the topics of ISIS, and the recent crisis in the Middle East.

In this public lecture, Kumi Naidoo looks at what justifies non-violent direct action, and discusses when and why it should be deployed. Dr Naidoo draws on recent campaigns such as last year's protest at an Arctic oil drilling rig, which saw activists arrested by Russian authorities and held for 100 days, and the anti-apartheid struggle he was part of in his home country, South Africa.

In this Governance in Africa Conversations podcast produced by the School of Oriental and African Studies(SOAS)/Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Dr. Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International, talks about natural resources in Africa, governance and the effects of climate change.

On 1 December we celebrate World AIDS Day. Between 2011-2015, World AIDS Day has the theme: "Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths."

This event was held on 4 December, 2013, and was organised by the Corporate Accountability and Limited Liability group at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, University of London.

In this edition, SOAS student Katie O'Reilly Boyles, from the student journalism website SHADE, interviews three out of the seven candidates running for the Co-President of Activities and Events sabbatical position.

Anthony Asfour
Leonardo Cini

Music courtesy of SOAS Sambatage.

Edited by Faiza Amin
Twitter @FaizaKAmin

In this edition, SOAS student Katie O'Reilly Boyles, from the student journalism website SHADE, interviews four out of the seven candidates running for the Co-President of Activities and Events sabbatical position.

Kabir Joshi
Iulia Beatrice Lumina
Sarah Heng Wei Lyn
Aida Roumer

Music courtesy of SOAS Sambatage.

Edited by Faiza Amin
Twitter @FaizaKAmin