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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…

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Election

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  By J Kwong Despite three candidates, the election outcome is unlikely to be a surprise.  In the wake of ever greater societal and political discontent, Hong Kong will select its new Chief Executive, on the 26th of March. The official head of government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Of the three candidates running the in election, Carrie Lam, the former Chief Secretary, is seen as the favourite to…

The FBI Reopens Clinton E-Mail Investigation

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Editorial : This Week in News

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By Taryana Odayar, Executive Editor.  Its already Week 3! Since last Tuesday, there have been some pretty interesting developments both at home and abroad,  so I thought I’d do a round up of the more riveting ones thus far. On Wednesday the 5th, Britain’s eurosceptic UKIP was plunged into chaos over party leader Diane James quitting, citing “personal and professional reasons”, only 18 days after being elected to the role….

Tragedy, Farce and Donald Trump

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By Sam Earle. On the dramatic stage of American politics, Marx’s famous line that ‘history repeats itself’, first as tragedy and then as farce, has taken on a newly prophetic edge. In the cyclical nature of its spectacle, where the same characters and themes seem to resurface again and again, tragedy and farce are never far away.  But, as the case of Donald Trump shows, it is often hard to…

Lukashenko’s Illegitimate Autocracy

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By Daniel Shears, Deputy Features Editor On the 11th October 2015, Belarus witnessed an event which existed not in isolation, but as part of a larger chain of events connected by a historical thread of corruption and intimidation. The event in question was the Belarusian Presidential election. The outcome? A decisively overwhelming victory for Mr Alexander Lukashenko, who won 83.5% of the vote (with an apparent 87% turnout, although this has been…

Belarus: Europe’s Last Dictatorship?

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By Capucine Cogne Where is Belarus? I conducted an informal survey asking this question: the result was that not one person got more than one of the country’s five bordering countries (Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Poland and Russia) correct. Some people even thought it was a city! Not many people seem to know anything about this small country which currently holds an important role in international relations Although Belarus has a…

100 Policies Later: What Would Farage’s Britain Look Like?

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To coincide with the 100 day countdown to the General Election, UKIP last week released an easily digestible, mini-manifesto of sorts, revealing 100 policies which Nigel Farage’s party will fight the election on. Whilst nobody will be shocked that their number one policy is to leave the European Union, other policies hint at Farage’s other priorities; UKIP’s “common sense” solutions to combat issues in Great Britain and overseas are likely…