Brazil’s Temer fends off prosecution with agribusiness support

On 2 August, Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies voted by 264 to 227 to block the Supreme Court's right to rule on allegations of obstruction of justice and conspiracy levelled against President Michel Temer. It was an...

Azerbaijan corruption scandal unearths wider links to UK and Europe

On 4 September, an investigation by the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) uncovered a secret set of accounts tied to the Azerbaijani government. The funds are suspected of being used to launder over...

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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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...

Hung out to dry: Theresa May’s Foreign Secretary

Boris Johnson is used to making headlines, but usually under rather different circumstances than the last few days. In place of another outlandish media stunt, the Foreign Secretary is facing widespread criticism by diplomats who...
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What is Tabaski / Eid al-Adha?

Blood dries quickly on the baking, scorched sand. The sun, not yet high in the sky, twinkles on the face of a blade wiped hurriedly dry. All around people stare, entranced by the slow...

Chile to relax Pinochet-era abortion ban

After deliberating all night, the Constitutional Court of Chile (TCC) ruled on Tuesday that new legislation allowing abortion in three cases – danger to the mother’s life, an unviable foetus or rape – is...
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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...
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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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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 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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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...