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In conversation with the indefatigable Julia Gillard

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By Taryana Odayar, former Executive Editor.  Julia Gillard was the 27th Prime Minister of Australia (2010-2013), and the first woman to hold the positions of Deputy Prime Minister, Prime Minister & Leader of a major party in Australia. She is currently the Chair of the Board of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), which is the only global fund solely dedicated to furthering education in developing countries. Earlier this year, she…

Fadumo Dayib: From Refugee to Somalia’s first female Presidential Candidate

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By Taryana Odayar.  Fadumo Dayib was born in a displacement camp in Kenya to Somali parents who had travelled there after losing eleven previous children to preventable diseases. Her family sold all their possessions so that she could escape to Finland as a refugee, where she has lived since 1990. Although she did not learn to read and write until she was fourteen years old, she went on to study…

From Freedom Fighter to Presidential Candidate: Can Joice Mujuru topple Mugabe?

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By Taryana Odayar.  Joice Mujuru was the first Vice President of Zimbabwe, serving from 2004 – 2014, and is a Presidential candidate for the 2018 elections. She was a panellist for the ‘Women Leaders on the Global Stage: lessons for Africa’ public lecture hosted by LSE’s Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa and Africa Talks, held on Tuesday 7th March ahead of International Women’s Day. At the age of 17, Mujuru…

Republican Healthcare Act Hurts Typical Trump Voters The Most

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By Janai Gilmore In the US, the debate around the Republican health care legislation reached a fever pitch last week as the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its analysis of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The report’s release has sparked conversation within the GOP around possible amendments that would appease concerns and lend the bill enough support to pass along party lines. Democrats are united in opposing the bill….

Justin Trudeau: Popular and Progressive?

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By Rajan Soni As the world moves further and further away from values of openness, integration and multiculturalism, a sprawling faction across the globe has been left feeling hopelessly disillusioned with the state of politics. For many readers, endless lamenting of the death of liberal democracy will be an all too familiar topic of conversation. But there is one name that, in the midst of woe, seems to crop up…

Fajardo: Opportunities for Columbia

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By Scott Carpenter The former Colombian mayor and professor of mathematics stood atop the stage and declared that he knew nothing. “I know nothing about economics, nothing about business administration, nothing about finance,” he said. “My branch of mathematics, the logic of math, is the most abstract.” And so his head was filled only with impractical knowledge. Of course, then he got to the point. “But we discovered all these…

The Alt-Right Death Cult, Fascist Memes and Me

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By J.T. Stokes For the past year I have been fascinated with the progressive left’s most versatile enemy to date – the Alt-Right. This fascination stemmed from two main sources. Firstly, from an earnest academic interest in the nature and dynamics of digital communities. And secondly, from an aesthetic interest in internet anonymity and its potential to produce colourful alternative movements – both in art and politics. There was one…

Is Direct Rule Inevitable in Northern Ireland?

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By Oliver Wheeler For the first time since the creation of a devolved Northern Irish legislature in 1921, unionists have lost their majority in a snap election that took place on March 2nd. The Democratic Unionist Party, the strongest party in the Assembly since its powers were restored in 2007, now has only one more seat than its republican rival Sinn Féin, and on first preferences the parties were separated…

China’s Rise and Superpower Warfare

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By K Goh The meteoric rise of China as an economic power in the last three decades has led International Relations theorists such as John Mearsheimer to predict the coming of intense conflict between the People’s Republic of China and the United States. This case is driven by three main arguments: domestic politics, economic interdependence and the problem presented by a security dilemma. First, in marginalising the influence of domestic…

Fighting for Free Speech in Turkey

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By Paula Grabosch Journalism is not a crime. With these words emblazoned across their banners, protesters drove through Berlin and other German cities last week in solidarity with Deniz Yücel. The #FreeDeniz movement was brought to life after the German-Turkish journalist was taken into police custody in Istanbul last Monday.   On the 14th February, the 43-year-old correspondent for German newspaper Die Welt was arrested and has now, two weeks…