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IS ‘capital’ Raqqa falls to Syrian forces

On Tuesday the 17th October the US-backed Syrian Defence League (SDF) recaptured Raqqa from IS forces. The recapture of the so-called IS ‘capital’ was an arduous battle which has taken place over the last four months. In January 2014 the…

2017 Austrian National Council Elections: Victory for the Right as Expected

The centre-right ÖVP party can be declared winner of this year’s Austrian National Council elections. With 31.7 % of the first polls showing an increase of 7.7 % for the ÖVP compared to previous elections in 2013. Current chancellor Christian Kern’s…

United States, Israel to quit UNESCO over ‘anti-Israel bias’

The United States is formally withdrawing from the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), citing structural ‘anti-Israel’ bias and mounting membership fees owed to the international agency. “This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with…

Anti-nuclear campaign group wins Nobel Peace Prize

On Friday, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Ican, an international anti-nuclear campaign group, for their “groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty prohibition” on nuclear weapons worldwide. The decision has been regarded as particularly significant at a time when…

The Missiles of October 2017

A specious assumption lies at the heart of the much of the debate surrounding the current crisis in North Korea: that the actions of Donald Trump or Kim Jong Un are the most likely cause of war between their two…

The Iran Nuclear Deal is Under Threat

In April 2015, Iran agreed a landmark deal with the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, Germany and the European Union to significantly limit its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of Western economic sanctions. Under…

Homage to Catalonia

In Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell’s famous account of his experiences during the Spanish Civil War, Orwell wrote that “there are occasions when it pays better to fight and be beaten than not to fight at all”. Today, those words…

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Election

  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…