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Jared O’Mara: Should decades-old comments cost him his job?

It is no secret that social media has transformed politics across the globe both positively and negatively. For every person inspired to vote by a new generation of politicians reaching out online, there is...
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How does Colombia accommodate a Catholic population in a secular state?

According to its Constitution, Colombia is a secular state - however, its society does not always concur with this definition. The arrival of the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, in the country...

Colombian vote: Who were the winners and losers?

Latin America’s electoral super-cycle faced its second major test last week, as voters headed to the polls in Colombia for legislative elections. The election was a prelude to the upcoming presidential election, which will be...

Society awakens: can mass protests save the rule of law in Poland?

At the end of July, the streets of Warsaw and other Polish cities again witnessed a wave of protests against reforms drafted by the incumbent, right-wing Law and Justice Party (PiS). This time, the subject...

Remember, remember, 17th November?

As rebellions go, it was significantly less explosive than that planned by Guy Fawkes and his Catholic co-conspirators in 1605, aiming to blow up the House of Lords and kill Protestant King James I....
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The creeping censorship of professors in the United States

As universities in the United States prepare to welcome new and returning students to campus, the fight for ownership of the curriculum and student body - ever-present in recent years - will certainly persist....
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Ireland abortion referendum gives huge mandate for change

On Friday 25 May, the Ireland abortion referendum saw a vote to overturn a thirty-fire year old near-total ban on abortion by a margin of 66.4% to 33.6%. Referendum returning officer Barry Ryan said that...
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Infighting adds to Moreno’s economic woes in Ecuador

In a shock move on 3 August, Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno removed Vice-President Jorge Glas from office after the latter suggested that the government had been manipulating economic figures. In a two-page presidential decree,...
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China: How to protect 800 million jobs in the age of AI

The G20 summit took place in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires at the end of November and high on the agenda was the future of labour in a digitalised economy. Will the...

The reasons behind Theresa May’s attack on Russia

Another week, another major Western politician attacks Russia. This round saw British Prime Minister Theresa May use a major foreign policy speech at the London Guildhall to launch something of a tirade against the...

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