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Tensions Between Russia and the Baltic states

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Invasion by the superpower is a realistic threat from President Putin By Cameron Chippindale Many commentators on post-cold war rivalries denounce the idea of a Russian invasion of the Baltic States as a preposterous fantasy of paranoid Russia-watchers. This is not so. Russia invaded and annexed Crimea and holds sway over the rebels now running parts of Eastern Ukraine. These are rebels it has supplied with the cutting edge of Russian…

Travails of Post-Truth Politics

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Liberal Democracy and the Problem of the Demos

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Stop trying to justify Trump supporters. This was an election about race

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Voldemort Is Back.

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Dear Wizards of the Magical World, These are dark times. Really dark. Darker than the time when you face a Dementor. Darker than what us Muggles call the jet black iPhone 7 these days. And it’s because Voldemort is back. In my letter to you here, he is a symbolic representation – of intolerance, hatred, exclusivity and discrimination. He is stronger than ever, and no feeble love charms can do…

Challenging the Progressive Orthodoxy and Reassessing Globalisation

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By Daniel Shears, Features Editor The question seems obvious at face value; the word globalisation is often associated with other terms/buzzwords such as broad-minded, universalistic, tolerant, cosmopolitan and progressive. Those who reject globalisation are derided as small minded parochialists who fail to see the “bigger picture”. In Britain, the Leave campaign was associated with an archaic conception of 20th century nationalism, and mocked for its apparent ignorance of global interdependence,…

Separatist Sentiment on the Rise in Hong Kong

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By Philip Apfel  Walk around the ever-bustling streets of Hong Kong these days, and pedestrians are likely to be furnishing umbrellas only when it is actually raining. Apart from the occasional lonely protester holding up a sign on a busy street corner, things seem “normal”, if not calm. One could almost be forgiven for assuming that the Umbrella movement, a series of protests that saw thousands of frustrated local citizens…

Terror Plot Foiled in Germany

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By Paula Grabosch  These are turbulent times in Germany. Last Saturday the news that the police had closed off an entire neighbourhood in Chemnitz, the third largest city in Saxony, in the search of suspected terrorists planning an attack, caused a big stir all across the country. Residents were advised to stay inside their homes as the police raided an apartment in the area. As is now known, the decisive…

The Life and Death of a Noble Protest

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By Matthew de Klerk Given the dearth of coverage on the university protests sparking across South Africa, you would be forgiven for not noticing that SA tertiary education has come under fire. While international reportage on the events has been scarce at best, even local newpapers and online ‘news’ outlets have given altogether polarised accounts of what’s happening on the ground, leading to an ‘Us-Them’ narrative that marks students as…

Where is the outrage for Yemen?

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By Elizabete Aunia  After the Saudi Arabia led coalition’s attack on a funeral in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, that killed 140 and injured 525 people, Human Rights Watch called for an international investigation to determine whether war crimes had been committed. The incident took place within the broader context of a severe humanitarian crisis crippling the country: famine is spreading rapidly and medical equipment and care are scarce. According to…