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Diminishing press freedom in the West

We are used to hearing of extreme crackdowns on the media and journalists across the world; from the ongoing killings targeting Mexican reporters to jail terms and executions for citizen journalists posting on Facebook, as...
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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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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...
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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...
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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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How does the Mormon church influence international affairs?

On Tuesday, January 16, millions of Mormons around the world tuned into a live broadcast from church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. The occasion? The formal announcement of the new president of...
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University strikes are over, for now

14 days of strikes at universities across the UK came to an end on Friday, with no deal reached between the University and College Union (UCU) and Universities UK (UUK). Over the past month, lecturers...

15 August 1947: Independence or Partition?

As India turns 70 today, one cannot but help look back at the day when the country was officially decolonised. It is debatable whether a nation actually existed before 15 August 1947, but popular...

Rohingya migrant crisis intensifies in Myanmar

The International Organization for Migration reports that an estimated 18,500 Rohingya, a minority Muslim ethnic group in Myanmar/Burma, are fleeing from the northwest of the country to find refuge in Bangladesh after a crackdown...
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Tillerson out and Pompeo in through Trump’s revolving door

The last month inside of the Trump White House has been tumultuous at best, and seemingly out of control at worst, but the firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the ousted-cherry-on-top of...

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Family separation: Fear, loathing and human rights on America’s southern border

It is easy to see Trump’s handling of his ‘family separation’ policy on America’s border with Mexico as self-contained episode. In early June Trump...
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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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Will the EU turn to the Western Balkans?

When the UK leaves the European Union on 29 March 2019, history will be made. For the very first time, the EU will lose...