Charlottesville: The Alt-Right announces itself as a force in the fight to redefine American...

When a car ploughed into a crowd of anti-fascist protesters killing one and injuring some twenty more in Charlottesville, Virginia, a new culture war saw its first fatality. At a march entitled ‘Unite the...

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...

Memo ignites sexism furore in Silicon Valley

On August 7, Google sacked James Damore, a Harvard University alumnus who had been at the company for four years. Last week, Damore had circulated an internal memo that was shared widely in Silicon...

A nation within two states: How the Mapuche conflict marks Chile

On 8 August, Argentina’s government announced that a reward of US$27,000 would be issued in return for information regarding the whereabouts of Santiago Maldonado, a young activist from La Plata in the state of...

Huge electricity price hikes shock British Gas customers

Following a lengthy price freeze beginning in February, British Gas have shocked customers by announcing a 12.5% increase in electricity tariffs after accidentally publishing an unfinished report titled ‘Why we’ve had to raise electricity...

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...

Why Qatar is the real winner as Neymar Jr. heads to Paris

On 3 August, Neymar Jr., the greatest Brazilian footballer of his generation, completed a US$263m move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). This not only broke the world record for a fee paid for...
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The United States steps up sanctions against Russia

On August 2, President Donald Trump signed a bill that brings a fresh wave of sanctions against Russia. The president brought the new legislation into effect on Wednesday in a move that particularly targets...

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...

From the Vatican to Ushuaia: The unexpected ripples of the Venezuelan crisis

Yet another twist in the ever-thickening plot of Venezuela’s ongoing crisis has cast fresh doubt on the country’s ability to put an end to its downward spiral. A formal message from the Vatican has...

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