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About James
British freelance journalist based in Taipei, Taiwan and MPhil Candidate in Modern Chinese Studies at Oxford University. My reporting from Taipei has been featured in The Guardian, New Statesman, The Spectator, The Taipei Times and Los Angeles Review of Books.
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Water: the race against time

14 Apr 2024  |  stainless-steel-world.net
Water scarcity is a critical global issue, with agriculture consuming 72% of freshwater withdrawals. The lack of water affects food supply, political conflict, and social unrest. Investment in water infrastructure is lagging, despite the urgent need for conservation, recycling, and desalination, where stainless steel is essential. Ambitious projects are underway in drought-stricken regions like India and China, with technologies like rainwater harvesting, greywater systems, and desalination plants being key solutions. Stainless steel is recommended for its durability and corrosion resistance in water treatment. The article emphasizes the need for political will and urgency to address the water crisis.

Water: the race against time

19 Feb 2024  |  valve-world.net
Water scarcity is a critical global issue, with agriculture consuming 72% of freshwater withdrawals. Political conflict, social unrest, and infrastructure failures highlight the urgency of the problem. Investment in water infrastructure is lagging, despite the availability of various strategies and technologies such as flood mitigation, rainwater harvesting, decentralized systems, wastewater treatment, and desalination. Ambitious projects are underway in drought-stricken regions like India and China, with significant investments from entities like the World Bank. Valves play a crucial role in water management, with companies like Veolia and Warren Controls providing essential technologies. The article underscores the need for increased urgency and political will to address the water crisis.

Oil & gas: a flourishing sector that is innovating

11 Dec 2023  |  stainless-steel-world.net
Oil and gas prices have stabilized but remain higher than early last year, benefiting producers but impacting consumers. Western sanctions on Russia have led to discounted sales to India and China. Europe is reducing energy dependence on Russia with new projects, while North America, South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Australia are also seeing significant developments. The industry is investing in green energy and emissions reduction, with numerous CO2 sequestration projects. 3D printing is becoming mainstream, offering efficiency and waste reduction. New materials and alloys are being developed to meet industry demands.

Oil & gas: a flourishing sector that is innovating

13 Nov 2023  |  valve-world.net
Oil and gas prices have stabilized but remain higher than early last year, benefiting producers but impacting consumers. Western sanctions on Russia have led to discounted sales to India and China. Europe is reducing energy dependence on Russia with new projects in Croatia and Hungary. The North Sea remains productive with new developments, and North America continues robust energy production. South America, Africa, the Middle East, and the Far East are also seeing significant oil and gas projects. The industry is investing in green energy and emissions reduction, with numerous CO₂ sequestration and methane reduction projects. 3D printing is becoming mainstream in the industry, offering efficiency and waste reduction. Various valve manufacturers are catering to the oil and gas market with innovative products.

Jokes, dancing, drag: hit short film honours Taiwan’s defiant queer scene

07 Oct 2023  |  ca.sports.yahoo.com
The award-winning Taiwanese short film 'Tank Fairy' has gained international acclaim, highlighting Taiwan's vibrant queer culture. Directed by Erich Rettstadt, the film has been showcased at over 100 film festivals globally, including SXSW and the Los Angeles LGBTQ+ film festival. The film features local drag queen Marian Mesula and has inspired a TV series titled 'Fanteasia.' Despite Taiwan's progress in LGBTQ+ rights, concerns remain about potential Chinese annexation and its impact on these freedoms. The film and its creators emphasize Taiwan's unique cultural identity and the resilience of its queer community.

The day my country left me. Reflections on Ladbroke Grove, Grenfell, Covid and Brexit

01 Oct 2023  |  westcountryvoices.co.uk
The author reflects on personal experiences and broader societal issues in the UK, including the Ladbroke Grove train crash, the Grenfell Tower fire, the Covid-19 pandemic, and Brexit. The narrative criticizes the British government's complacency, cost-cutting measures, and poor safety culture, which have led to tragic events and loss of lives. The author contrasts this with their positive experiences living in European countries where public safety is prioritized. The text expresses a strong negative sentiment towards the British government and the Tory Party, highlighting the impact of their policies on ordinary citizens.

The dash for green electricity

01 Oct 2023  |  valve-world.net
The global push for green electricity is accelerating, with the International Energy Agency predicting a tripling of clean energy output by 2030. Europe leads the charge, with significant investments and regulatory reforms to boost wind and solar power. The USA's Inflation Reduction Act aims to cut CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030, focusing on offshore wind. The Middle East, traditionally low in green power, is seeing a surge in solar and wind projects, while Africa and Australia are also ramping up their renewable energy efforts. Innovations like floating solar plants, agrivoltaics, and advanced geothermal systems are addressing land use and energy intermittency issues. Despite challenges in storage technology, green hydrogen and CO2-based storage solutions offer promising alternatives. Key players like Enel, EDP, Iberdrola, and Masdar are at the forefront of these developments, driving the transition to a more sustainable energy future.

The UK and Russia: two “sick men” in need of a cure

01 Oct 2023  |  westcountryvoices.co.uk
The article compares the UK and Russia as 'sick men of Europe,' both struggling with nationalist and imperialist narratives that hinder their progress. It criticizes Russia's aggressive policies and the UK's Brexit-driven isolationism. The UK, still a democracy, has potential for recovery through political reform and re-engagement with the EU. Russia faces greater challenges due to its corrupt, resource-dependent economy and geopolitical ambitions. The text advocates for liberal values and international cooperation as solutions for both nations.

LNG goes off the boil, but long-term prospects are good

07 Aug 2023  |  stainless-steel-world.net
The LNG market experienced a downturn due to a mild winter and the restart of the Freeport LNG terminal in Texas, easing gas prices. Europe managed to avoid an energy crisis this winter, despite reduced Russian gas imports. The EU aims for independence from Russian fossil fuels by 2027, with increased LNG imports from the USA, Qatar, and Australia. Germany and Italy are expanding their LNG import capacity, while other European countries are also developing infrastructure. The USA remains the largest LNG exporter, with new projects underway. Africa and the Middle East are also advancing in LNG projects, with Qatar becoming a key supplier to China. Decarbonization efforts in LNG operations include higher emission standards, carbon capture, bio-LNG, and hydrogen replacement. The shipping industry is moving towards LNG-fueled ships for reduced carbon emissions.

Divisions remain after recall

03 Apr 2023  |  www.taipeitimes.com
The article discusses the political and social divisions in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, surrounding the recall vote of Mayor Han Kuo-yu. It highlights stories of families where generational and political differences have led to clandestine actions, such as hiding voting slips and secret voting. The recall, initiated by WeCare Kaohsiung due to Han's presidential bid shortly after becoming mayor, has intensified tensions within families, with older, pro-KMT members often refusing to acknowledge arguments against Han. Despite Han's team's strategy to reduce voter turnout to avoid conflict, the recall was successful. The city now faces a by-election within three months, and the underlying divisions remain a concern for the future harmony of Kaohsiung's residents.

East Asia’s tightrope walk between China and the US

15 Mar 2023  |  New Statesman
The article discusses the complex geopolitical dynamics of East Asia, where economic ties with China conflict with the security guarantees provided by the United States. It highlights the challenges faced by Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea in balancing their relationships with both superpowers. The piece notes the impact of Trump's foreign policy and his administration's support for Taiwan, including the Taiwan Travel Act and the Taipei Act. It also covers the concerns in Taiwan over Trump's potential re-election and the implications for US-China relations. The article touches on the situation in Hong Kong following the National Security Law and the US revocation of its special status. In Japan, the new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's foreign policy experience is questioned, while in South Korea, President Moon Jae-in's silence on Hong Kong and Xinjiang is noted. The article concludes that despite the changing variables, East Asian leaders must maintain a working relationship with the US president due to the regional security landscape.

‘Tank Fairy’ honors Taiwan’s defiant queer scene

23 Feb 2023  |  www.taipeitimes.com
The award-winning Taiwanese film 'Tank Fairy' has been showcased at numerous international film festivals, highlighting Taiwan's vibrant queer culture. Directed by Erich Rettstadt, the film inverts traditional stereotypes and has been celebrated for its unique portrayal of Taiwanese cultural identity. Despite Taiwan's progressive stance on LGBTQ rights, concerns remain about potential threats from China, which continues to crack down on queer communities. The film's success underscores Taiwan's growing confidence in promoting its cultural and social achievements on the global stage.

The petrochemical market is expanding rapidly – but at what cost to the environment?

13 Feb 2023  |  valve-world.net
The petrochemical industry is experiencing rapid growth, projected to reach USD 61.2 billion by 2028, with significant developments in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Major companies like Chevron, ExxonMobil, BASF, and Aramco are expanding their facilities and investing in new technologies. However, the industry's reliance on fossil fuels raises environmental concerns. The market for bio-sourced plastics is expected to grow, but currently represents only 1% of plastics. Recycling and waste-to-energy projects are being developed to address sustainability, with companies like Dow and ExxonMobil leading initiatives. Advances in catalysts, carbon recycling, and materials for chemical plants are also noted. The article suggests that a collective effort from governments, industry, and citizens is necessary to improve recycling rates and reduce the environmental impact of petrochemicals, with a UN treaty to end plastic pollution anticipated in 2024.

Power generation: no magic bullet

10 Oct 2022  |  valve-world.net
The article discusses the complex choices facing Europe in energy generation amidst the ongoing war in Ukraine, emphasizing the need to phase out Russian gas imports. It explores various renewable energy sources, including hydro, solar, wind, wave, tidal, and geothermal power, highlighting their advantages, disadvantages, and growth prospects. The role of energy storage, particularly lithium-ion batteries and hydrogen, is also examined. The article underscores the opportunities for valve manufacturers in the renewable energy sector, detailing specific companies and their contributions to different energy projects.

Dairy industry the place to be

20 Sep 2022  |  valve-world.net
The article provides an in-depth look at various processes and equipment used in the dairy industry, including pasteurization, cream separation, homogenization, and the production of dairy products like butter, yoghurt, cheese, and ice cream. It highlights the importance of maintaining product integrity and cleanliness in dairy processing equipment, and discusses the use of different materials and technologies to improve efficiency and safety. Tetra Pak is mentioned for its use of duplex grades in separator bowls, and potential hazards such as micro-organism ingress and equipment clogging are also addressed.

Fighter jets and street markets: Taiwan’s daily dissonance as tensions with China ramp up

05 Oct 2021  |  www.newstatesman.com
Taiwan experiences a daily dissonance as military tensions with China escalate, marked by frequent incursions by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army into Taiwan’s airspace. Despite the heightened military activity, life in Taipei remains largely normal, with the local population accustomed to the abstract threat of Chinese invasion. Internationally, Taiwan is gaining more diplomatic support, with notable actions from Japan, the EU, and visits from foreign dignitaries. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen emphasizes Taiwan's growing global presence and resilience. The article underscores the psychological impact of China's grey warfare strategy and the complex geopolitical dynamics at play.

Mingwei Song on the 'New Wave' of Chinese Science Fiction

19 Sep 2021  |  www.thewirechina.com
Mingwei Song, a scholar of modern Chinese literature and director of the Chinese program at Wellesley College, explores the emergence of the 'new wave' of Chinese science fiction writers in his second book, Fear of Seeing. This movement was notably influenced by Liu Cixin's publication of Three Body Problem. Song's first monograph, Young China, published by Harvard University Press, investigates the development of modern Chinese youth discourse.

Jude Blanchette on the Enduring Intellectual Puzzle of China

29 Aug 2021  |  thewirechina.com
Shanghai Micro Electronics Equipment (SMEE) aspires to be 'China's ASML' and is crucial to China's goal of self-reliance in semiconductor chip production. However, it is significantly lagging in its objectives, jeopardizing China's chipmaking ambitions during a pivotal period. Despite a strong support network and national backing, SMEE's ability to catch up remains uncertain. Concurrently, the U.S. is engaging in a strategic power game in the Pacific, countering China's influence with a new multi-billion dollar aid package. Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi discusses her extensive experience with Chinese issues, her visit to Taiwan, and the influence of 'big money' on the U.S. policy towards China.

Brexit: civil war by other means?

11 Aug 2021  |  westcountryvoices.co.uk
The article explores the historical and ongoing conflicts within the UK, focusing on how Brexit has reignited old disputes and exposed flaws in the nation's political system. It critiques the UK's claim to being a stable democracy, highlighting issues such as the unelected Upper House, the first-past-the-post electoral system, and the influence of unelected advisers. The text draws parallels between historical conflicts and current political issues, emphasizing the need for the UK to address these perennial problems to move forward.

Two cheers for French citizenship

23 Jun 2021  |  westcountryvoices.co.uk
The author reflects on becoming a French citizen after Brexit, discussing the challenges and bureaucratic hurdles faced during the process. They criticize the UK's decision to leave the EU, the rise of nationalism, and the treatment of non-nationals, suggesting that citizenship should be more accessible to long-term residents. The author also contrasts the political cultures of the UK and France, expressing a preference for the French Republican system. They propose that governments should appeal to the best instincts of their citizens and that the UN should adopt standards to allow tax-paying residents the right to vote and simplify residence rights.

The curious censorship of Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland

01 Mar 2021  |  The Spectator
Chloé Zhao, a Beijing-born director, faced backlash in China after winning a Golden Globe for her film Nomadland due to past comments criticizing China. Chinese censors restricted promotional material for the film, and social media platforms like Weibo removed related content. This incident highlights the blurred lines between expressing opinions and undermining the state in China. The article also discusses the broader implications of online excavation of past comments, referencing the Milk Tea Alliance and concerns over Hong Kong's National Security Law. Despite the controversy, debate about Zhao's film continues online, with some advocating for more open discussion and others calling for a ban.

The curious censorship of Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland

01 Mar 2021  |  thespectator.com
Chloé Zhao, a Beijing-born film director, faced backlash in China after winning a Golden Globe for her film Nomadland due to past comments criticizing China. Chinese netizens called for the film to be banned, leading to censorship on social media platforms like Weibo. The incident highlights the blurred lines between expressing opinions and undermining the state in China, and the broader implications of online excavation of past comments. Despite some calls for banning the film, debate continues, with some advocating for more open discussion. Zhao's case underscores the precarious nature of navigating Chinese cyberspace.

Is China undermining Taiwan’s vaccine rollout?

24 Feb 2021  |  thespectator.com
Taiwan's successful pandemic response has been challenged by difficulties in securing COVID-19 vaccines, partly due to political tensions with China. Taiwan has been excluded from the World Health Organization's Covax scheme at China's behest and has faced obstacles in vaccine deals, notably with German firm BioNTech. China has offered vaccines to Taiwanese in the mainland, which Taiwan's government has discouraged due to efficacy concerns. The politicization of vaccine procurement has been a subject of debate within Taiwan, with some advocating for the acceptance of Chinese vaccines and others ridiculing the idea. Misinformation has also been an issue, complicating Taiwan's efforts to secure vaccines from AstraZeneca and Moderna, which are expected to arrive in the coming months.

Isolation nation: how Australia is dealing with its pandemic

10 Feb 2021  |  thespectator.com
Australia's pandemic strategy, characterized by early border closures, strict quarantine measures, and rigorous contact tracing, has allowed life to continue with relative normality despite being cut off from most of the world. A recent five-day lockdown in Perth, triggered by a single case of the Kent variant, was swiftly implemented and effectively contained the outbreak. The country's vaccination program is set to begin soon, but strict border rules will remain a key defense. Western Australians have largely adhered to government rules, appreciating the freedoms they have managed to retain compared to other parts of the world.

Isolation nation: how Australia is dealing with its pandemic

05 Feb 2021  |  The Spectator
Australia's pandemic strategy, characterized by strict border controls and rigorous contact tracing, has allowed life to continue with relative normality despite occasional lockdowns. The recent five-day lockdown in Perth, triggered by a single case, highlights the country's cautious approach. The imminent vaccination program with Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines has not altered the state's stringent measures. The Western Australia State Government's decisive actions and the public's adherence to rules have been effective in controlling the virus, with no new cases detected among the security guard's close contacts.

Isolation nation: how Australia is dealing with its pandemic

01 Feb 2021  |  The Spectator Australia
Scarborough Beach in Perth returned to its usual lively state just 20 minutes after a city-wide lockdown ended. The lockdown was initiated following Western Australia's first domestically transmitted COVID-19 case in ten months.

Ma Jian on China’s Efforts to Extinguish Memory

31 Jan 2021  |  www.thewirechina.com
Ma Jian, an acclaimed Chinese-born writer living in exile in London, has faced significant censorship from the Chinese government. His debut novella, Stick Out Your Tongue, published in 1987, led to a permanent ban on his books in China. Despite this, he has continued to write, producing several collections of stories, essays, and novels, including the award-winning Beijing Coma. Following the publication of The Dark Road in 2012, Ma Jian was barred from visiting China. His works often critique Chinese government policies and censorship.

Fighting tyranny with milk tea: the young rebels joining forces in Asia

25 Oct 2020  |  www.theguardian.com
The article discusses the recent protests in Bangkok, which have been inspired by the tactics of the Hong Kong demonstrations. A solidarity movement known as the 'Milk Tea Alliance' has emerged among young activists in Thailand, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, symbolized by the common beverage of milk tea, despite the different ways it is consumed in each region. The alliance represents a shared struggle for democracy and resistance against authoritarian governments, particularly the influence of China. The article highlights the creative and non-aggressive approach of the movement and notes the serious challenges faced by activists, including arrests and charges. It also touches on the origins of the alliance, which began as an online joke but has since taken a more tangible form, influencing protests and political discourse. The movement has also contributed to international awareness campaigns, such as the boycott of Disney's 'Mulan' over human rights concerns.

Covid’s second coming: how did Britain get back in this mess?

27 Sep 2020  |  www.theguardian.com
The article contrasts the successful COVID-19 containment measures in Taiwan with the struggling response in the UK. Taiwan, with strict controls and effective tracing, enjoys a semblance of normality, while the UK faces a resurgence of cases and renewed restrictions. The UK government's optimistic stance in the early stages of the pandemic has been replaced by a more somber reality as cases rise and the test-and-trace system fails to meet demands. The article criticizes the UK's handling of the pandemic, citing a lack of clear messaging, insufficient testing capacity, and the government's failure to act on scientific advice. It also touches on the global variance in COVID-19 impact and responses, mentioning countries like Brazil, Afghanistan, and South Africa. The article concludes with the UK facing a potential second wave, increased pressure on the NHS, and a public losing confidence in the government's ability to manage the crisis.

Can Taiwan pull off its China gamble?

12 Aug 2020  |  The Spectator
The visit of US health secretary Alex Azar to Taiwan marks a significant moment in US-Taiwan relations, highlighting the potential risks and benefits of closer ties with the US amidst ongoing US-China tensions. Taiwan's effective pandemic response has bolstered its economy, making it an attractive alternative for businesses wary of instability in Hong Kong and China. However, challenges such as visa regulations and language barriers remain. The ruling Democratic Progressive Party faces a dilemma between economic stability and the pursuit of independence, reflecting the complex political landscape.

Nationwide clean up event enters fourth year

12 Jun 2020  |  taipeitimes.com
Taiwan's National Clean Up Day is set to occur for the fourth year, with 1,000 volunteers expected to collect about 10 tons of garbage across 22 locations. Despite the pandemic, the volume of waste is not expected to decrease, with a significant amount of garbage, including international waste, found on beaches. The event's co-founder, Ryan Hevern, and volunteer Philip Chang emphasize the importance of the clean-up in fostering global citizenship and accountability for environmental issues.

Why Taiwan blames Britain for their second wave of infections

20 Mar 2020  |  The Spectator
The article discusses Taiwan's response to the coronavirus outbreak, highlighting its stability despite the challenges. Taiwan, with a significant population of its citizens living in China and not being a member of the World Health Organisation due to diplomatic issues with Beijing, managed to keep its daily increase of COVID-19 cases under five. This is in contrast to neighboring countries like Japan and South Korea, which saw much higher rates of infection.

Tsai Ing-Wen's Victory in Taiwan: A Rebuff to Beijing and a Win for Democracy

11 Jan 2020  |  New Statesman
Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen won a resounding victory in the presidential election, securing over 8 million votes against her main rival Han Guo-yu of the Kuomintang, who is more favorable towards China. The election was influenced by the ongoing protests in Hong Kong and concerns over China's pressure on Taiwan. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) also passed an anti-infiltration law to combat perceived Chinese interference. Despite Tsai's victory, the KMT's support remains strong, as indicated by the close party vote percentages. The election result poses challenges for Beijing's policy towards Taiwan, as Tsai's platform emphasizes sovereignty and democracy. The article includes perspectives from voters and analysts, highlighting the significance of the election for Taiwan's future.

Beyond “Buying Brazil”

01 Mar 2019  |  China-US Focus
Brazil's diplomatic strategy under President Jair Bolsonaro is examined, focusing on its balancing act between the US and China. Despite Bolsonaro's pre-election criticism of China and admiration for Trump, Brazil has maintained a pragmatic approach, recognizing Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president while preemptively forbidding US military intervention from its territory. Brazil's stance on WTO regulation changes and its upcoming position at the BRICS summit are highlighted as key indicators of its diplomatic direction. The article underscores Brazil's potential to leverage its intermediate position for economic and diplomatic gains.

What the EU referendum result teaches us about the dangers of the echo chamber

24 Jul 2016  |  newstatesman.com
The EU referendum result highlighted a generational divide and the role of echo chambers in shaping political discourse. The study 'The spreading of misinformation online' suggests social networks create echo chambers by filtering out contrasting information, which can lead to biased narratives. Universities, particularly Oxford, are seen as battlegrounds for free speech debates. The article argues that shaming people into silence, as seen on social media, is counterproductive and fosters disconnect. The surprise of some Leave voters in the North and Midlands at the referendum's outcome underscores the need to reassess the use of social media to bridge post-Brexit societal divisions.

When will the Labour leadership result be announced?

14 Jul 2016  |  www.newstatesman.com
The Labour leadership contest is underway with Jeremy Corbyn, Owen Smith, and Angela Eagle as candidates. The article outlines the eligibility criteria for voting, the official timetable for the contest, and key dates for applications, nominations, voting, and the announcement of results. The special conference to announce the result is scheduled for 24 September.

Bernie Sanders endorses Hillary Clinton for Democratic presidential nomination

12 Jul 2016  |  www.newstatesman.com
Bernie Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, aiming to unify the party ahead of the convention in Philadelphia. Sanders' endorsement is seen as crucial for Clinton to win over his supporters and strengthen her position against Donald Trump in the general election. Despite past criticisms, both candidates are now focused on presenting a united front against Trump, who has accused Sanders of 'selling out.'

After a long, close battle, Malcolm Turnbull retains power in Australia – how it happened

11 Jul 2016  |  newstatesman.com
Malcolm Turnbull's Liberal-National Coalition secured a majority government in the Australian federal election with 76 seats, narrowly defeating Bill Shorten's Labor Party. The election was marked by economic concerns, healthcare debates, and anti-establishment sentiment. Labor's campaign included accusations of Medicare privatization, which the Coalition denied. The result reflects a fragmented political landscape and foreshadows challenges in passing legislation and managing internal party conflicts.

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to six years for murder

06 Jul 2016  |  www.newstatesman.com
Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, following the overturning of his initial five-year manslaughter sentence. The verdict, delivered by Judge Masipa at Pretoria’s High Court, is lower than the mandatory minimum term of 15 years for murder in South Africa. Pistorius, who claimed he thought Steenkamp was an intruder, must serve half of the six-year term before being eligible for parole. Both prosecution and defense have stated they do not intend to appeal.

How does the Labour leadership contest work?

01 Jul 2016  |  www.newstatesman.com
With mass resignations from the Shadow Cabinet and increasing pressure on Jeremy Corbyn to resign, a Labour leadership contest appears imminent. Corbyn faces criticism for his leadership during the EU referendum campaign and lost a no-confidence vote among Labour MPs. Despite this, he retains significant grassroots support. A challenger needs backing from 20% of Labour MPs and MEPs to trigger a contest. If Corbyn resigns, candidates require 15% support. Potential challengers include Angela Eagle, Owen Smith, Yvette Cooper, and Dan Jarvis. The voting system will use One Member One Vote (OMOV) and Alternative Vote (AV), with the winner likely announced at the party conference in late September.

The closure of small businesses in Calais is punishing entrepreneurial refugees like Wakil

01 Jul 2016  |  www.newstatesman.com
French police have intensified efforts to dismantle businesses in the Calais migrant camp, known as the 'Jungle,' arresting proprietors and seizing stock. The closure of these small enterprises, which provided stability and a sense of normalcy for refugees, is part of a broader plan to demolish the camp. Wakil, a former journalist and lorry driver from Afghanistan, is among those affected, having lost his convenience store to the raids. The actions have drawn criticism for undermining the mental health and independence of the camp's residents, with organizations like Care 4 Calais highlighting the negative impact on the refugee community.

Caitlyn Jenner: “It was easy to come out as trans. It was harder to come out as Republican”

01 Jul 2016  |  www.newstatesman.com
Caitlyn Jenner reiterated her support for the Republican Party, stating it was harder to come out as Republican than as transgender. Despite anti-LGBT amendments in the Republican manifesto and proposed bills banning transgender individuals from using facilities matching their gender identity, Jenner believes the Republican Party is the best hope for a constitutional government. Her remarks have been met with mixed reactions, highlighting the party's internal divisions on LGBT issues. The article also features comments from Ted Cruz and Ben Carson, reflecting the broader debate within the party.

#HeterosexualPrideDay happened, and it’s rather depressing

29 Jun 2016  |  newstatesman.com
The trending of #HeterosexualPrideDay on Twitter, which began in the US and gained some support despite broad condemnation, is considered unsavoury, especially in the wake of the Orlando shooting at an LGBT nightclub. The media's sensitivity to the homophobic nature of the attack has been questioned, highlighted by Owen Jones walking out of a Sky News interview. The concern lies not just in the hashtag's intent for clickbait but in the significant traction of support it received.

The England football team needs a reality check, not a new manager

01 Jun 2016  |  www.newstatesman.com
England's early exit from the Euros, losing to Iceland, highlights the unrealistic expectations placed on the national football team. Despite the Premier League's global prominence and the significant financial investment in English football, the national team has not won a major tournament since 1966. The cycle of hiring and firing managers, driven by inflated expectations and media scrutiny, perpetuates disappointment. Lowering expectations could alleviate the pressure on the team and potentially lead to better performance in the future.
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