11 Years Later- How Living in a Primarily Muslim Country Has Changed My Views of the World

By Hannah Foster

 Note: This article was republished with permission from the writer. It was originally published on the author’s blog on September 11 2012.

Everyone in the older generation can say that they clearly remember where they were, what they were doing and who they were with when JFK was assassinated, when Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon, and when the Berlin wall came down.

But as for the younger generation, my generation, we do not have any of those memories. To many of us, JFK is just an airport, Neil Armstrong is confused with the cyclist, and the Berlin wall is no more than a piece of history we file away in the back of our minds, left to settle with other dates that we mindlessly spit out onto paper when exam time arrives, no thought to the impact it had on our world.

But we have our own memories. Events that shape our world. On September 11, 2001, I was 4 years old. Continue reading “11 Years Later- How Living in a Primarily Muslim Country Has Changed My Views of the World”

Chairmanship Debate 2012

In the run up to the UKEC’s Elections for the Executive Committee of 2012/13, Connectwork organized a formal debate and hustings session between the two candidates vying for the post of Chairman. Watch Arief Azli of UCL and Faiz Rahman of Durham University outline their policies and views on a variety of issues, from project strategies to student activism.

For the UKEC Election’s full candidate list and profiles, click here. Continue reading “Chairmanship Debate 2012”

The Chain Effect

By Tan Han Shen

“Keep your face to the sunlight, and you will never see the shadow”. This is one of my favourite quotes and reminds me of the need to focus on good things around me and remain positive in the face of any adverse situation.

However, every morning, browsing through the Malaysian news portals, I cannot help but wonder whether I can still remain positive and overlook the negativity portrayed. Besides petty and dirty politics, one other prevalent theme in the news is crime. Continue reading “The Chain Effect”