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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...

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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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Will the EU turn to the Western Balkans?

When the UK leaves the European Union on 29 March 2019, history will be made. For the very first time, the EU will lose an independent member state. We should know by October how...
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Turmoil in Nicaragua: How Ortega is contributing to his own downfall

Demonstrators flooded the streets of Managua and other cities throughout Nicaragua on 18 April 2018 to protest against President Daniel Ortega’s (2007-present) proposed social security reforms that would aim to increase taxes and decrease...

Peace in El Pacifico? Colombia’s Chocó region has its own agenda

On 17 June, Colombia votes in the second round of its presidential election: the first since an historic peace agreement was signed in 2016 and the country emerged from almost half a century of...

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