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A War of Ideas: The danger of the Counter-Terror Bill

A War of Ideas: The danger of the Counter-Terror Bill

Eastlondonlines reporter Muna Fadhil on the events in Paris and the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill. When I was told that I had been awarded a scholarship to study in London for a year I was relieved to escape the inferno that Iraq has become. I was looking forward to not…

Young cancer survivor has bright start to New Year

Young cancer survivor has bright start to New Year

A four-year-old girl from New Cross has celebrated the New Year with a Little Star Award for her bravery in battling cancer. Phoebe Seabright, who is now free of the disease thanks to life-saving treatment, was presented the award by Cancer Research UK in partnership with TK Maxx. The awards recognise…

Croydon’s Ben Haenow tops the festive week charts

Croydon’s Ben Haenow tops the festive week charts

Croydon’s X Factor winner Ben Haenow has won the battle for this year’s Christmas number one. The 29-year-old’s single Something I Need had combined chart sales of over 214,000 and is now the second-fastest selling single of the year, behind Band Aid 30’s Do They Know It’s Christmas?, which shifted…

X Factor’s Ben Haenow gives homecoming performance

X Factor’s Ben Haenow gives homecoming performance

The nation’s favourite Croydon van driver came home last night to give fans a special performance and rally even more support before the X Factor final this weekend. Crowds of at least 600 Ben Haenow fans braved the wind and rain outside Croydon’s Whitgift shopping centre yesterday evening to hear the…

Angela Davis on racism, feminism and Beyoncé

Angela Davis on racism, feminism and Beyoncé

Leading radical academic and feminist Professor Angela Davis, visited Goldsmiths, from which she holds an honorary degree, last week for the renaming of a building in honour of the late Stuart Hall. She talked to Alice Harrold and Olivia Blair.  Angela Davis has had a long journey from a childhood in segregated…

This generation’s Orwell? Owen Jones meets ELL

This generation’s Orwell? Owen Jones meets ELL

Owen Jones admits that he never intended to be a writer. Yet since he graduated from Oxford in 2005, he has produced two books, “Chavs” and “The Establishment”, that to some has made him the spokesperson of Generation Y. And for Russell Brand – that other vociferous anti-establishment figure –…

Lives not Knives founder has big plans for the future

Lives not Knives founder has big plans for the future

Last year she was named “Young Star” at The Women of the Future Awards. Since then she has climbed Mount Snowdon, been listed as one of BBC’s 100 Women of 2014 and spent another year developing her widely renowned organisation, Lives Not Knives. At 21 years old, Eliza Rebeiro has…

Lutfur Rahman: residents react to criticised Mayor

Lutfur Rahman: residents react to criticised Mayor

Mayor Lutfur Rahman has come under intense scrutiny after an investigation into Tower Hamlets Council ordered by the local government minister, Eric Pickles, which found fault with its financial management. As the Government sends in commissioners to oversee grant-giving, property deals and electoral administration, Eastlondonlines took to the streets to…

Charlotte George: Green challenge to red stronghold

Charlotte George: Green challenge to red stronghold

In the first of an occasional series of profiles of prospective candidates for local seats in next year’s General Election, Alexandra Rogers meets Charlotte George, the Green Party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Hackney South and Shoreditch. Hackney has been a Labour stronghold for all but four years since the borough…

Can indie documentaries change the world?

Can indie documentaries change the world?

A media forum hosted at Goldsmiths University this week informed students about the importance of documentaries in changing the world and how to get involved in making their own films. The forum, which was chaired by Tony Dowmunt, a senior Lecturer in Communications at Goldsmiths, who was joined by two…