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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...

“History will be kind to Theresa May” says former aide Katie Perrior

Theresa May's former Director of Communications, Katie Perrior, described the media as “eating out of the palm of hand” even before she became the leader of the Conservative Party. How has she gone...

Botswana’s fictitious economic miracle

Botswana's GDP per capita growth - from $58 in 1960 to $6,924 in 2016 - has been hailed as an economic miracle. The country has certainly achieved some huge successes in recent years, most notably with its...

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 key element of ‘pacification’, a public security policy targeting favelas...
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Could French rail strikes derail the Macron Presidency?

The British often like to joke about the French propensity to take industrial action. The SNCF, the state rail provider in France, began a series of 18 two-day strikes on April 3 leaving just...
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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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Fronting up to impunity: Can Guatemala do it alone?

In the wake of the far-reaching Odebrecht scancal that has rocked Latin America, it is clear that – despite efforts internationally to curtail its influence – impunity still dominates South and Central American politics. On 13...

Colombian vote: Who were the winners and losers?

Latin America’s electoral super-cycle faced its second major test last week, as voters headed to the polls in Colombia for legislative elections. The election was a prelude to the upcoming presidential election, which will be...
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Trump pushes Latin America into the arms of the EU

Over the last two years, the global economy has witnessed seismic shifts in its natural order. Since 2016, the Brexit referendum, the election of Donald Trump in the US, Emmanuel Macron’s rise to power in...
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Tillerson out and Pompeo in through Trump’s revolving door

The last month inside of the Trump White House has been tumultuous at best, and seemingly out of control at worst, but the firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the ousted-cherry-on-top of...

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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...
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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,...
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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...