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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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Tipnis: Bolivia approves controversial Amazonian highway

On 13 August the government of Bolivian President Evo Morales passed new legislation paving the way for the construction of a 300km road through the Isiboro Sécure Indigenous Territory and National Park (better known...
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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...

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...

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...

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China: How to protect 800 million jobs in the age of AI

The G20 summit took place in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires at the end of November and high on the agenda was...