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Impatient dictators: how snap elections shore up authoritarianism in Eurasia

Authoritarian states are using all-too familiar constitutional mechanisms to consolidate power....   [ continue reading...]

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“Sergey Semyonovich, thank you so much”: transcript of a Moscow park opening, October 2017

Moscow lives in a million moments. Here’s one of them. Sergey Sobyanin (centre) meets loca...   [ continue reading...]

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How polarized is Colombia?

Presidential candidate Humberto de la Calle, a key figure in reaching the peace agreement with the FARC, on the ch...   [ continue reading...]

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Steven Pinker’s ideas are fatally flawed. These eight graphs show why.

It’s time to reclaim the mantle of “Progress” for progressives. Steven Pinker...   [ continue reading...]

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“Just be fair”: when does journalism undermine its own reputation?

 “I don't think I have ever seen another media organisation targeted by the full force of the State, as...   [ continue reading...]

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Oral culture and identity in Syria - Dossier

What are the origins of sectarian consciousness in Syria? Did it appear from nothing or was it always dormant and...   [ continue reading...]

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Rio de Janeiro's militia on the rise (again)

Initially, the militias secured territory, guaranteed law and order, and achieved some legitimacy. But they have b...   [ continue reading...]

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When the name Yazid is neither good nor bad

Syrians lack a common history and will continue to do so as long as the oral history of each group remains differe...   [ continue reading...]

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Crece (otra vez) la milicia en Rio de Janeiro

Inicialmente, las milicias aseguraron territorio, garantizaron la ley y el orden, y lograron cierta legitimidad.&n...   [ continue reading...]

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Lib-pop politics: Italy’s new government is more neoliberal than populist

The fear is that populism, Italian style, has achieved power. But neoliberal policies rule more than ever, tinged...   [ continue reading...]

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Presidential elections in Colombia: polarisation or deterioration of the political conversation?

Political polarisation consists of the amplification of divergence and consequently displacement towards extreme i...   [ continue reading...]

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Intercultural Cities: "Diversity as an advantage"

On World Day for Cultural Diversity – what do Barcelona, Montreal, Hamamatsu, Tanger, Haifa, Ballarat and Me...   [ continue reading...]

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‘Nice Irish girls don’t have sex’ is the old idea at the heart of historic abortion rights battle

Even if abortion is legalised in Ireland, this mindset must be challenged if women are to fully access their repro...   [ continue reading...]

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عندما لا يكون يزيد شريراً أو خيّراً

الحقّ أنه ليس للسو&#1585...   [ continue reading...]

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Presidenciales en Colombia: ¿polarización o deterioro de la conversación política?

La polarización política consiste en la ampliación de la divergencia y el consecuente desplaz...   [ continue reading...]

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Zionism: the history of a contested word

These polarising terms should be shelved, and taken out only when we are discussing political philosophy, which mo...   [ continue reading...]

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Welcome to the ‘New Dark Age.’

A terrifying new book by James Bridle calls on us to embrace uncertainty. Credit: Flickr/opensou...   [ continue reading...]

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Who benefits from sensationalised media coverage of abortion? Hint: not women, whose lives are at stake

Media outlets too often cover abortion-related news in inaccurate and derogatory ways. Activists and progressive j...   [ continue reading...]

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The fault lines of Welsh politics have been redrawn

Plaid Cymru's leader argues that the UK parties are no longer pretending to represent Wales. Le...   [ continue reading...]

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Heritage peacebuilding in Iraq

After years of funding being pumped to Iraq’s NGO sector based on US military needs, local civil society is...   [ continue reading...]

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