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Constantine Louloudis: ‘Coaches must give athletes time to think about their future’

Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist Constantine Louloudis believes that coaches must do more to help athletes prepare for life after sport, echoing comments made this week by legendary swimmer Michael Phelps, who demanded more...
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Czech society stills struggles with legacy of the Prague Spring

Photo credit: John W. Schulze The ‘Prague Spring’ is the short, 8-month period in the history of Czechoslovakia when artists, dissidents, and activists found some breathing room. It is often credited as beginning with Alexander...
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The Benalla scandal that could undo President Macron

Just a month ago, French President Emmanuel Macron was enjoying his country’s World Cup triumph in Russia. A week later, French newspaper Le Monde alleged that his bodyguard and personal aide, Alexandre Benalla, 26,...
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Bangladesh road safety protests bring Dhaka to standstill

On 29 July, 2018 two school students were run over by a bus. When asked about the accident at a press conference later that day, the Shipping Minister and Executive President of Bangladesh Road Transport...
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Namibia: African success story or elite propaganda?

On 25 July 2018, Samuel Shali Nghihepa, a sergeant in the Namibian Police Special Reserve Force Division, murdered his ex-girlfriend, Alina Kahehongo, in full view of her colleagues at a local supermarket in Windhoek, Namibia's...

Loneliness in Japan during the heat wave

An unprecedented heat wave has swept across Japan this summer. Record-breaking temperatures have seen Tokyo rise above 40 degrees, and by Tuesday evening more than 22,000 people had been taken to hospital, suffering from...
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What Is Trump’s Foreign Policy?

Image credit: Marco Verch Following the 2016 Presidential election many were concerned that Donald Trump's victory would herald a spectacular shift in US foreign policy. At his inauguration, Trump first touted his ‘America First’ slogan,...

Spaghetti roads and bullet trains: A history of Zimbabwean elections

In a prescient 2012 paper, Martin Dawson and Tim Kelsall suggested that hopes for better governance in Zimbabwe were nothing short of naïve. Rather, the authors proposed that “the most powerful elite groups will realise...

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 and his Attorney General instituted a policy of separating the...
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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 Mozote and the surrounding department of Morazán will always be...

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The aftermath of Honduras’ coup is fuelling a migrant crisis

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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Luke Harding: “Russia hacking the US election was one of the greatest espionage operations...

There is a hint of admiration in Luke Harding’s voice as he talks about collusion between the Russian state and President Donald Trump’s administration. The...

Jair Bolsonaro: Civilization and barbarism

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...