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Chechen leader threatens to resign once again

Ramzan Kadyrov, Head of the Chechen Republic, surprised many in Russia on Monday by declaring that it was his “dream” to relinquish the responsibilities of power. Kadyrov told news channel Rossiya 24: "Once there was a...
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Kenya’s Autumn of electoral discontent

President Uhuru Kenyatta has, belatedly, been sworn in for a second term in office in Kenya. His victory was hard won, and not without controversy. The two recent polls that have taken place in Kenya...
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UK Budget: Hammond’s speech does little to allay gloom

The chancellor Philip Hammond released the first Budget of the new parliament on Wednesday, pledging to resolve the gaping issues in the UK’s housing market. The first budget of a parliament is often an opportunity...
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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 the coming decades - with catastrophic effects for the environment and...
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It’s the ideology, stupid: understanding US tax reform

Keenly overseen by unfettered commentary from the Presidential Twitter pulpit, the United States House of Representatives voted to pass a bill on Friday that will rearrange the corporate and private citizens’ federal tax structures...

Chilean elections explained: Piñera likely to secure second round victory

On 19 November, Chile will vote to elect a new president, as well as half of the Senate, 250 national deputies and 270 provincial legislators. The most likely scenario is that no candidate secures...

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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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 that “the Senate condemns the violence and persecution in Chechnya...

Theresa May’s Tarantula: Who is Gavin Williamson?

Following the resignation of Sir Michael Fallon on Wednesday, Gavin Williamson, who has been chief whip for the Conservative Party since July 2016 and has no previous ministerial experience, has been appointed as UK Defence Secretary. Fallon...
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Will the EU expand into the Western Balkans?

Within the EU, 2017 has been a year of tense elections and ambitious speeches, with key figures calling for EU reform and setting out their own visions of the future. The Western Balkans (Albania,...

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Bangladesh civil service quota causes student protests

Thousands of protesters have taken to Shahbagh Chattar in Dhaka, Bangladesh since April 7. Student protesters in the Chattar (square), right at the heart...
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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...

The Irish border continues to cloud Brexit negotiations

Brexit negotiations between the United Kingdom and European Union have been fraught by disagreement. However, negotiators publicly agree that a hard border between...