News: Five Arrested at Glasgow Pride

Five arrests were made at this year’s Pride Glasgow march on Saturday 19th August. Those arrested, including a minor, had been in separate parts of the march: two had belonged to the left-wing IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) bloc, whereas the other three were protesting the decision for the Gay Police Association Scotland (GPA) to lead the march itself.

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The New A Levels

For teenagers across the United Kingdom, August is a month synonymous with the dreaded ‘results day’. This year, however, 200,000 students will wait more in limbo than ever, after sitting new A Level specifications. With students and teachers being left without study resources, and only vague specifications to follow, the exam regulator, Ofqual, finally decided to step in and lower the grade boundaries.

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Charlottesville – It’s Not Only America

White supremacy has yet again emerged from the shadows of American society. Protests in Charlottesville, Virginia against the removal of the statue of (in)famous Confederate General Robert E. Lee brought out groups on the fringes out the right which many thought had been left in the 1960s – namely white supremacists, the KKK,  neo-Nazis, and fascists. This leaves the question, how could this have happened in 2017 America?

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Wage Inequality at the BBC

Last week the BBC published the salaries of those employees earning over £150,000 per annum. The list of the 96 highest paid stars exposed the sizeable gender and race pay gap which exists within the institution with just under a third of women employed by the BBC appearing on the list, and only 10 BME employees.

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Another Sexist Surcharge

Recently, retailers such as Superdrug and Tesco have reduced the price of emergency contraception, a huge step in making contraception more accessible. However, Boots have released a statement saying that they will not be following suit. Their initial claim was that the high prices are to deter women from “misusing” the pill. This has obvious implications for how they view their customers who need these services, and it’s not positive. Following a hard backlash, Boots have since gone back on this saying that they will try to find a way of reducing costs.

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March For Independence

Thousands of people took the streets of Glasgow, marching for Scottish independence. The Independence March, which took place on June 3rd, 2017, started by gathering at the Kelvingrove Park from where the group made their way to the Glasgow Green. The estimated number of participants ranges between 15,000 and 17,000.

[Žad Novak] 

Images courtesy of Aike Jansen