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How the viral song ‘Enjoy Enjaami’ captured the untold stories of landless Tamil farmers

The song from the state of Tamil Nadu in the very south of the Indian subcontinent was an instant hit and inspired hundreds of covers, song reactions and personal dance videos.

Irish housing: homes for people not for profit

The legacy seems to remain of a land that does not provide viable opportunity or quality of tenure to its people, and so watches them set sail for countries happy to welcome the hard-working Irish with open arms.

Sexism wins gold at the 2020 Olympic Games

Gymnast Suni Lee amazed the world when she won the all-around gold medal with lash extensions and a set of acrylic nails applied. The fact that she completed a gold-medal routine without even so much as breaking a nail is insanely impressive in itself, but we must think critically about the society we live in, in which a world class athlete felt it necessary to compete with these additional obstacles in the name of appealing to the unattainable beauty standard expected of women.

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Business & Politics

This section of STAND News is edited by Sean Creagh. Business & Politics focuses on international stories that cover business innovations, economic questions, and political and geopolitical issues.

Irish housing: homes for people not for profit

The legacy seems to remain of a land that does not provide viable opportunity or quality of tenure to its people, and so watches them set sail for countries happy to welcome the hard-working Irish with open arms.

Ethiopia’s forgotten war

More than two million people have fled the region, and there have been at least 10,000 reported deaths with tens of thousands of people are currently seeking refuge in the neighbouring country of Sudan. However, as communications have been almost entirely cut in the region, it is impossible to calculate exact numbers.

Is a diamond anyone’s best friend?

The lack of laws leads not just to well-below-the-poverty-line wages, but also to fatal working conditions, child labour, and the flourishing of public health issues as the sex trade thrives in many diamond mining towns, leading to the spread of HIV and other STI’s.

Taliban wins war in Afghanistan: what next?

The Afghan military, who have found it too difficult to defend rural districts, in response to the Taliban’s belligerence, have decided to simply abandon vast arrays of land – all in hopes of culminating their forces to defend (more) economically valuable cities. This has led to some easy victories for the Taliban, who have now taken control of over two-thirds of the country and forced thousands of families to flee for their safety.

OutSTANDing Stories: Rob Fitzpatrick, UCD

In the third episode of our series ‘OutSTANDing Stories’, Emily Savage interviews Rob Fitzpatrick, a social science student and current auditor of the Literary & Historical Society in UCD. Rob chats about overcoming his early difficulties of starting as a fresher in the college and the endless benefits of engaging in society life and fostering supportive connections, which doesn’t necessarily have to be limited to the LGBTQ soc. While Rob feels like his experiences have shaped the direction of his studies, he also chats about the importance of choosing a path that speaks to your own personal goals and dreams rather than one you think you should be limited to or feel compelled to do, solely based on identity.

Why does queer media focus on male relationships and overlook female ones?

Representation for queer women in media is sorely lacking, and good representation, even more so. Content is either hypersexual or targeted at a very young audience – two extreme ends of a spectrum with slim pickings in the middle.

OutSTANDing Stories: Robert Brennan, TU Dublin

In the second episode of our series ‘OutSTANDing Stories’, Emily Savage interviews Robert Brennan, a first-year student in TU Dublin as they discuss their lived experiences as a trans student in third-level education so far. Robert details the network of supports available to them such as the campuses LGBTQ soc, the SU and the Welfare and Equalities Officer, campus counselling services and outside organisations such as TENI and BeLong To. Robert stresses the importance of having people on your side who are willing to advocate for you, so you don’t have to just advocate for yourself. Robert also discusses the impact of online learning and concerns around starting face-to-face lectures in September with the possibility of being misgendered more by lecturers or classmates.

OutSTANDing Stories: Jayson Pope, UCD LBGTQ+ Soc

In the first episode of our new series ‘OutSTANDing Stories’, Emily Savage interviews Jayson Pope, Auditor Elect of UCD LBGTQ+ Society and volunteer with BeLonG To, as he discusses his lived experiences as a trans student in UCD. Jayson discusses his identity and the joys and issues he’s faced in both social and academic settings upon entering third-level education. For Jayson, his position as a trans student has directly impacted what he hopes to do in life. In this episode, he also offers outlets of support to any student who is going through a similar experience.

Diversity & Inclusion

This section of STAND News is edited by Conor Courtney. Diversity & Inclusion focuses on the latest news stories regarding reform and social inclusion. These stories highlight the global and social issues of equality and diversity.

Women

This section of STAND News is edited by Ellen McVeigh. The Women section of STAND News looks at the issues women face, like income inequality and misogyny in the media, around the world and opportunities for change and reform in this arena.

Sexism wins gold at the 2020 Olympic Games

Gymnast Suni Lee amazed the world when she won the all-around gold medal with lash extensions and a set of acrylic nails applied. The fact that she completed a gold-medal routine without even so much as breaking a nail is insanely impressive in itself, but we must think critically about the society we live in, in which a world class athlete felt it necessary to compete with these additional obstacles in the name of appealing to the unattainable beauty standard expected of women.

Portraying women in the media

So why does one-dimensional coverage of women in media matter? Newspapers and magazines inform people’s views and opinions. It affects how we as society see women unconsciously. When the media furthers the perception of women as sex objects, that has knock-on consequences throughout society.

Empowering women through female rap music

The recent increase in the popularity of female rap through platforms such as Tiktok has led listeners to view the music as both empowering and progressive. However, many still argue that the sexual and arguably aggressive lyrics of women in the industry further perpetuate the misogynistic connotations of hip-hop. Regardless of the stance that one may take on the topic, it seems as though there is an undeniable depth to our beloved hot girl summer anthems.

How domestic abuse scares its victims into silence

“I became a Zumba instructor. I travelled half of Europe with my kids. My daughters are free to live without a verbally and physically abusive father. All I can say is that I am grateful to Ireland and the people who supported me through that difficult time.”

More trees, more wealth

Although Dublin City recorded 10 per cent tree canopy coverage, there exists a disparity between the number of trees in north Dublin versus south Dublin. Fingal County Council recorded 9.80 per cent canopy cover across its constituency, while the figure for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council was 16.38 per cent.

Data centres struggle to balance foreign investment and climate action

Data centres may restrict Ireland from reaching its long-term climate change goals. Currently, there are 70 data centres around Ireland, making it the data centre capital of Europe. 54 of these data centres are located across County Dublin, with 10 more under construction as of 2021.

Climate change is a racial justice issue

The birth of the environmental justice movement took place in the 1980s in the US, as reports and findings came out that indicated that communities of colour are disproportionately affected by health hazards through policies and practices that essentially force them to live closer to toxic waste sites and pollutants.

Are you not entertained?

Most circus animals are treated poorly; beaten, starved, and kidnapped. They sit in tiny cages travelling from place to place for our entertainment. Have we ever thought about what the once big and mighty beasts feel when they are dressed in silly costumes and forced to perform tricks that are dangerous and downright unnecessary?

Environment

This section of STAND News is edited by Anastasiya Sytnyk. Our Environment section tracks the latest news in climate cases, environmental problems locally and globally, and looks forward to innovative solutions to climate change.

Arts & Culture

This section of STAND News is edited by Deepthi Suresh. The Arts & Culture section gives us an in-depth look at what’s happening in the media and its relation to our everyday lives. It highlights what’s most relevant in film, television, journalism, social media, cultural movements.

How the viral song ‘Enjoy Enjaami’ captured the untold stories of landless Tamil farmers

The song from the state of Tamil Nadu in the very south of the Indian subcontinent was an instant hit and inspired hundreds of covers, song reactions and personal dance videos.

Why does Hollywood still think body shaming is hilarious?

The current ‘ideal’ female figure is made up of a set of unattainable contradictions – ultra-slim but not too bony, curvaceous but not too broad, wide hips but a small waist, strong but still dainty and graceful. We are unknowingly surrounded by anti-fat messages such as these, and the damaging effects of this reach far beyond women who are heavier-than-average and it instead harms all those who view it.

Empowering women through female rap music

The recent increase in the popularity of female rap through platforms such as Tiktok has led listeners to view the music as both empowering and progressive. However, many still argue that the sexual and arguably aggressive lyrics of women in the industry further perpetuate the misogynistic connotations of hip-hop. Regardless of the stance that one may take on the topic, it seems as though there is an undeniable depth to our beloved hot girl summer anthems.

Mare of Easttown changes the way we look at murder mysteries and legends

What makes the show special is its achievement in the understanding of what real life could look like while in the guise of a murder mystery. But this was not a murder mystery to begin with. You are not investing your time to find how it all ends but instead, how the journey takes place.

Ethiopia’s forgotten war

More than two million people have fled the region, and there have been at least 10,000 reported deaths with tens of thousands of people are currently seeking refuge in the neighbouring country of Sudan. However, as communications have been almost entirely cut in the region, it is impossible to calculate exact numbers.

Is a diamond anyone’s best friend?

The lack of laws leads not just to well-below-the-poverty-line wages, but also to fatal working conditions, child labour, and the flourishing of public health issues as the sex trade thrives in many diamond mining towns, leading to the spread of HIV and other STI’s.

The rise of antisemitism in Europe

The recent rise in antisemitic acts has at times been linked to Covid-19 restrictions. During periods of turmoil, it seems that anti-Jewish sentiment rises. We need only look to poverty-stricken Germany in the 1920s or to the Partitions of Poland at the end of the 18th century.

Is the EU migrant return policy ethical?

The EU migrant return policy aims to increase return rates of asylum seekers to their country of origin by making border procedures as efficient as possible. Since the increased amount of people fleeing wars in 2015 and seeking refuge in Europe, EU asylum policy has been polarising, with Europe often being dubbed “Fortress Europe” – an impassable fort with watchtowers and border guards prepared to stop at nothing to keep those seeking refuge out.

Humanitarian

This section of STAND News is edited by Caoimhe O’Regan. Our Humanitarian section looks into the shocking cases of human rights abuses and the triumphs of humanitarian relief and reform.

Opinion

This section of STAND News is edited by Olivia Moore. The Opinion section features a subjective viewpoint with social and political purpose from our contributors. They cover a breadth of topics from beauty standards to football queries to free speech.

Irish housing: homes for people not for profit

The legacy seems to remain of a land that does not provide viable opportunity or quality of tenure to its people, and so watches them set sail for countries happy to welcome the hard-working Irish with open arms.

Simone Biles: the mental health conversation that needed to be had

It takes most people years of working in their profession to be able to speak up when they feel their mental or physical health is threatened. But at just 24 years old, Biles – who is a woman of colour in a notoriously white field, and who is a survivor of sexual abuse suffered while training in the very sport in which she excels – was able to do so on the world’s biggest stage.

Internships in the era of Covid-19

An academic internship can be a very positive experience, yet when you are applying, it can be difficult to know what opportunities will suit your own interests. The experience may vary from learning what you don’t like in a working environment, to being introduced to the nine-to-five world, which is often so alien to students who are used to working part-time or odd hours in industries such as hospitality and service.

Will global tax reform make the world a fairer place?

In April of this year, US President Joe Biden proposed a reform of the global tax system that would set a minimum global corporate tax of 15 per cent. Agreed upon by the Group of Seven (G7) nations in June, the G20 in July, and now backed by 131 countries worldwide, the potential agreement will be the biggest overhaul of the international tax system in decades. All going well, the new tax rules will be legally binding worldwide by the end of 2023.

Activists + Innovators Series: Fairtrade Ireland

In our live series, Activists + Innovators, we talk with Lucy Geraty from Fairtrade Ireland about the impacts of our consumption on the environment and human rights. We also discuss their current campaigns and the steps individuals can take to be ethical consumers.

Activists + Innovators Series: The History of Plastic with VOICE Ireland

In our live series, Activists + Innovators, we talk with Lyndsey O’Connell from VOICE Ireland to launch our #ConsciousConsumption campaign.

Activists + Innovators Series: World Refugee Week with The Danú Project

In our live series, Activists + Innovators, we talk with Paula Martinez from The Danú Project during World Refugee Week.

Activists + Innovators Series: Mental Health Matters with UCC Sámh

In our live series, Activists + Innovators, we talk with Katie Curtin from UCC SÁMH on the topic of mental health and student wellbeing.

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