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...

Failure of Cyprus unity talks makes permanent partition increasingly likely

On 7 July, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced that talks seeking to unify the island of Cyprus, partitioned since 1974, had once again failed. In what had been billed “last chance” negotiations after decades...

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The end of ‘pacification’: What next for Rio de Janeiro’s favelas?

On 26 April, Rio de Janeiro’s Federal Intervention Committee decided to close half of the state’s 38 Police Pacification Units (UPPs). Rio's UPPs were a...
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Does the decline of local journalism threaten British Democracy?

In the United Kingdom local journalism is in trouble. Since 2005 more than 200 local papers have closed and the number of regional journalists...

Can the Iraq election help break the cycle of violence?

A common Iraqi saying goes: ‘the bad is behind us and the worst is yet to come.’ This adage has developed from the cyclical...