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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...

Concerns grow over fat acceptance and rising obesity

‘Are you beach body ready?’ This was the question posed by supplements company ProteinWorld in 2015 on billboards around London, which also featured Australian...
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Terror transformed: from foreign fighters to homegrown terrorism

Since the fall of Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State (IS), in October of last year, declarations of the “defeat of the Caliphate”...
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2017 in Review: The Middle East and North Africa

It's rarely a quiet year in the Middle East, even when the US president doesn't unilaterally reshape the prospects for peace in Palestine. 2017...
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Landmark trade deal between the EU and Mercosur on the horizon

17 years after the first negotiations began, the European Union and Mercosur (a South American free trade pact between Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) are...
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Linguistic colonialism: Will French become the world’s language?

On 28 November, French President Emmanuel Macron reiterated his desire for the French language to reassert its global influence. His words come at a...
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It’s the ideology, stupid: understanding US tax reform

Keenly overseen by unfettered commentary from the Presidential Twitter pulpit, the United States House of Representatives voted to pass a bill on Friday that...
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Russian multipolarity: Is policy driven by philosophy?

In a divisive climate of East-West tension and barbs being traded between politicians on both sides, the 14th annual conference of the Valdai Discussion Club took place...
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Rethinking world order: An interview with Steve Clemons

Steve Clemons is Washington Editor-at-Large of The Atlantic. He regularly appears on MSNBC and is a widely known and respected political and economic commentator...
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Czech elections: will Central Europe’s illiberal tide be halted?

To many in the west, successful illiberal politicians such as Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen may be a new phenomenon, but for those...

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