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Latin American nations bear the weight of Venezuela’s migrant crisis

Latin America's cauldron has been stirred once more. A continual flux of migrants - both within and between its nations - has long contributed...
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The United States steps up sanctions against Russia

On August 2, President Donald Trump signed a bill that brings a fresh wave of sanctions against Russia. The president brought the new legislation...
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Will El Salvador ever see justice for the El Mozote massacre?

Despite the estimated 32 cases of human rights abuses that occurred during the Salvadoran Civil War (1979-1992), the incidents in the village of El...
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Bolivia: Relatives rejoice as ex-president found guilty of civilian massacres

There is an Aymara proverb which artfully invokes the idea that returning to the past can trace a path into the future: 'Qhiparu nayraru...
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2017 in Review: The environment

In this series of articles, 2017 in Review, we look back at the year in each region of the world. Here, Dafna Bitran Dirven looks at...
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COP 23: Do the Paris climate agreements have a future?

Without any additional policy to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, it is probable that the world will face a temperature rise of 3°C or more in...
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The US’ Chechnya policy: From silent to outspoken

On Wednesday 2 November, the United States Senate passed a resolution that condemned human rights violations against LGBT men in Chechnya. The resolution stated...
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India and China: Rising powers heading for conflict?

As both India and China ascend to the global top table, a great deal of attention has been afforded to the delicate relationship between...

Kosovo v Ukraine – The limits of independence movements

Against the backdrop of last Sunday’s independence referendum in Catalonia, tonight’s round of FIFA World Cup qualification fixtures produces one particularly intriguing match. Ordinarily...
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After the independence vote: what now for Iraq’s Kurds?

The independence referendum held in the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) on 20 September led to a decisive vote of 92% in favour. While the...

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The aftermath of Honduras’ coup is fuelling a migrant crisis

The approach of the mid-term elections in the US has seen a sharp uptick in anti-immigrant rhetoric coming from the White House. On 16 October,...
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Luke Harding: “Russia hacking the US election was one of the greatest espionage operations...

There is a hint of admiration in Luke Harding’s voice as he talks about collusion between the Russian state and President Donald Trump’s administration. The...

Jair Bolsonaro: Civilization and barbarism

Latin America's sharp turn to the right is set to be compounded on 28 October when, barring a monumental swing toward his competitor, Brazil's...