Bois Locker Room: Rape Culture & Harassment on Social Media

On May 2nd, screenshots of boys talking about their underage classmates, the way they look and their dressing sense in a derogatory manner, circulated across Facebook and Instagram. In this episode, we are joined by Shruti Balaji, a PhD candidate in LSE’s Department of International Relations, to discuss how social media provides a platform forContinue reading “Bois Locker Room: Rape Culture & Harassment on Social Media”

George Floyd and Dismantling Racism

Protests began in Minnesota, the week before, to end police brutality against black folx in response to a video showing a white police officer killing Floyd, an unarmed black man. The protests have erupted globally calling for an end to police brutality, an end to the police state, and an end to institutionalised racism. InContinue reading “George Floyd and Dismantling Racism”

Reflecting on Genocide: 11 years on

Sri Lanka: The month of May is a momentous one in the long history of the Tamil people. For many Tamils, May is a month of mourning, commemorating and remembering. 11 years ago, tens of thousands of innocent Tamil civilians were massacred. Today, we are joined by Sagi Thilipkumar, PEARL’s Advocacy Coordinator for Switzerland andContinue reading “Reflecting on Genocide: 11 years on”

What’s it like on the frontline?

What’s it like on the frontline? On this episode of cracking Coconuts, we speak to a UK based intensive care doctor about treating coronavirus patients admitted to critical care units, the importance of social distancing and the outlook for the coming weeks and months. Vinorshan and Nahim also discuss coronavirus super spreaders, cheap testing kitsContinue reading “What’s it like on the frontline?”

Delhi Violence Explained

In this episode we’ll be explaining the violence that has come about in Delhi in the last couple months, starting with the clashes with students in December to the recent state-sanctioned pogrom. This has now escalated to a full-blown discriminatory attack on Muslims in Delhi with at least 51 people killed and around 250 injured.Continue reading “Delhi Violence Explained”

Rape Culture and Hindutva in India

A rape takes place in India every 20 minutes. The rape of the 23-year-old student took place just before Christmas 2012, bringing thousands of people on to the streets to demand greater protection for women. All of this happened before the current prime minister, Narendra Modi, took office, but he would like the entire subjectContinue reading “Rape Culture and Hindutva in India”

Nepal’s bleeding exiles

In parts of rural Nepal, women are forced to isolate themselves in huts or caves during their menstruation period. Recently, a 16-year-old girl suffocated to death in her goth. In recent years, some women have turned their back on the ritual: a few burnt their sheds. But although the country’s supreme court banned practising chaupadiContinue reading “Nepal’s bleeding exiles”

Britain’s Involvement in Sri Lankan War Crimes

What was Britain’s involvement in the Sri Lankan war other than just arms trade? Phil Miller, an investigative journalist, has written a “Keenie Meenie: The British Mercenaries that got away with war crimes.” This book unveils the work of British mercenaries and former politicians and councillors in training and committing atrocities against Tamil civilians. InContinue reading “Britain’s Involvement in Sri Lankan War Crimes”

Sri Lankan Presidential Elections

On November 17th, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was announced as the new president of Sri Lanka. A man who conducted mass atrocities against the country’s minorities has just taken up the highest office. In this episode, our guest, Dr Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagam, discusses the election result and what it means going ahead in terms of security, economyContinue reading “Sri Lankan Presidential Elections”