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Boko Haram at Chad’s Doorstep

Boko Haram at Chad’s Doorstep

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By Alexander Hurst, Features Editor. Chadian markets are a hectic blend of sun, sweating bodies, swatting flies, sandy red earth, the drone of different dialects, the exhaust from motorbikes, and the creative tension of bargaining in progress. In early December however, just such a market became a scene of horror when three suicide bombers from Boko Haram blew themselves up, killing 27 people and injuring 80 on an island on…

The Paris Climate Deal: A Fragile Window of Opportunity

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By Stefanos Argyros, Deputy Features Editor.    The fight against climate change has often been perceived as an intractable issue, paradigmatic of the international community’s inability to foster meaningful change. Nevertheless, on the 12th of December 2015 buoyant leaders from 195 nations agreed on a previously elusive global Climate Change Deal. The agreement was hailed by the French president François Hollande as being “a major leap for mankind” and prompted British…

The floodgates of the Sky burst open in Cumbria

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By Bobby Gard-Story. There’s only half a million of us up in the top left corner. Cumbria is the most northwesterly of English counties, second only to neighbouring Northumberland in blissful lack of population density. The people that live there, like me, appreciate space to breathe, space to walk about in, and our space is a beautiful one. But this week, it’s been getting a bit damp. 341.4mm of rain…

The Need For The Pollyanna Principle: A Reflection On International Relations

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By Falguni Tewari I don’t follow literary events.  So, I don’t know if the centenary of the publication of “Pollyanna” was celebrated two years back in the world of letters. The novel ‘Pollyanna‘ written by Eleanor H. Porter, published in 1913 went on to become a classic because it fulfills the basic need of all the human beings, the need to feel glad.  I will transgress into the field of…

Tarānah-e-Hind: Mother India’s tears

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By Ibrahim Chaudhary The incumbent BJP led government has been in power since 2014. Narendra Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, spoke prolifically during the election campaign addressing more than 150 rallies repeatedly assuring the electorate that under a BJP led government ‘Good days are coming’. However since his election Modi has categorically failed to deliver on a number of his key pledges and has passively presided over an increasingly…

Paris attacks: An extremist case of déjà vu?

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By Griff Ferris  Following the recent terror attacks in Paris, President Hollande declared the atrocities ‘an act of war’ by a ‘terrorist army’. He asserted that as a result, France was now at war with Daesh (ISIS).  The attacks prompted a distinct escalation of French bombing strikes against ISIS-held parts of Syria as Hollande makes a show of strength to the grieving French people, in shock after last weekends events….

One “Two” Many : China’s Two Child Policy

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By Kyi Yeung Goh Over the past few months, surprise policy announcements made by the Chinese government have become a seemingly regular feature in global news headlines. Here, policy moves ranged from the economic sphere, as illustrated by China’s stimulus package aimed at stemming a stock route, to environmental ones such as the decision to implement a nationwide cap-and-trade program. Last week on 29th October, the Chinese government continued the trend by…

Narendra Modi In London: A Question Of Style Over Substance?

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By Polly Clayton-Hatfield. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s renown as a self-publicist has won him admiration and disdain in equal measure over the course of his political career. The charismatic leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to power in 2014 following an expertly managed PR campaign that promoted ‘brand Modi’ in some of the most remote regions of the country alongside its urban centres. Modi’s recent visit to the UK, culminating…

The Rise of Big Brother

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By Griff Ferris George Orwell would be turning in his grave. 30 years later than predicted, 1984’s dystopian prophecy of omnipresent government surveillance is edging closer to realisation. In 2013, Edward Snowden’s leaks revealed that the UK’s intelligence agency, GCHQ, was covertly intercepting vast amounts of private phone calls, emails, and internet access data. This led to a huge global outcry. Yet only two years later, the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill, the…

The American Dream

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By Chloe Mow First introduced in the early 20th century, 1913 to be exact, the American Dream has been the root to not only the nation’s perseverance and ambition, but also the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for other countries, as people around the world fought their way over in hopes for a taste of the promises historian James Truslow Adams popularised. This then lead to…