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Ireland abortion referendum gives huge mandate for change

On Friday 25 May, the Ireland abortion referendum saw a vote to overturn a thirty-fire year old near-total ban on abortion by a margin of 66.4% to 33.6%. Referendum returning officer Barry Ryan said that...
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Colombian election: Who are the candidates and what are they saying?

On Sunday 27 May, Colombians will head to the polls for first round of the country’s presidential election. It will be an historic moment, as the first presidential election in more than fifty years held...
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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...

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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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 has halved to around 6,500 as of February 2018.  This...

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 violence which has torn the country apart both before and...
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Understanding the democratic crisis in Mexico

Democracy in Mexico is facing a critical situation. The country is immersed in a deep social malaise amid a complex electoral process where weak political parties and a large number of candidates distributed across...

Bangladesh civil service quota causes student protests

Thousands of protesters have taken to Shahbagh Chattar in Dhaka, Bangladesh since April 7. Student protesters in the Chattar (square), right at the heart of the city, have demanded the reformation of the quota...
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Bolivia: Relatives rejoice as ex-president found guilty of civilian massacres

There is an Aymara proverb which artfully invokes the idea that returning to the past can trace a path into the future: 'Qhiparu nayraru uñtas sartañani' - 'Looking back, we will move forward'. Over 15...

The Irish border continues to cloud Brexit negotiations

Brexit negotiations between the United Kingdom and European Union have been fraught by disagreement. However, negotiators publicly agree that a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland should be avoided....

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The Benalla scandal that could undo President Macron

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