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The darker side to India’s Holi celebrations

India's Holi festival is known as the "festival of colours", and is associated with fun, laughter, song, and dance, as Hindus celebrate in honour of the god Krishna. The usual depiction of celebrations is...

Failure of Cyprus unity talks makes permanent partition increasingly likely

On 7 July, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced that talks seeking to unify the island of Cyprus, partitioned since 1974, had once again failed. In what had been billed “last chance” negotiations after decades...
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Spreadsheet Phil – Is Hammond a Prime Minister in waiting?

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond caused controversy this week when he said that no money would be invested in preparation for a 'no deal' situation following negotiations to leave the EU. The remarks seemingly...
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Should the West worry about Operation Zapad?

A quick online search for Zapad 2017 might give the impression that Europe should be preparing for war. In September, Russia will launch a joint military exercise with Belarus in the Russian exclave of...

Malian Spiderman highlights conflicting immigration policy in France

On 28th May, Mamoudou Gassama, an undocumented immigrant from Mali, rescued a small boy dangling from a balcony in Paris. Video footage of the scene went viral on social media and the video has...
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The true cost of Trump’s US-Mexico border wall

Prototypes of Donald Trump’s proposed border wall are being constructed near the US-Mexico border in San Diego, California. The wall, a divisive rally call during the Trump presidential campaign, has become a greatly contested...
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Could French rail strikes derail the Macron Presidency?

The British often like to joke about the French propensity to take industrial action. The SNCF, the state rail provider in France, began a series of 18 two-day strikes on April 3 leaving just...
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The Catalan referendum, what to know and what to expect

The Catalan people are voting today on whether their region should become independent from Spain. Here’s what you need to know. What is the Catalan referendum about? Catalonia will hold a binding referendum this...

North Korea, the US and the need for common sense

Foreboding tremors have rippled through the international community as tensions grow between Pyongyang and Washington. Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests, aircraft carrier manoeuvres, back-and-forth threats, blustering bravado and UN Security Council sanctions have now...

Will Trump’s “transgender ban” actually take place?

On July 26, President Trump announced via a series of tweets that “the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” This was...

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