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The recent unrest in Iran during the first few days of this new year makes one marvel at the courage of a people who continue to march in the streets after having been …

On the night of 14 December 1977, Esther Careaga was thrown from the Skyvan PA-51 plane with 11 other civilians. Esther’s mother, with the help of the ‘Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo’ …

After interviewing several people around LSE campus for our latest #askLSE, I deemed it important to define precisely what feminism is. At its most basic, feminism is “the advocacy of women’s rights on …

On 13 December, representatives of Venezuela’s democratic opposition collected the EU’s prestigious Sakharov prize for human rights. The opposition, represented by a fractious coalition of political parties known as the Democratic Unity Roundtable …

Asia

In 1977, at the height of the Cold War, Lucasfilm released Star Wars, the beginnings of a saga centred around totalitarianism, imperialism and planetary destruction. Just a few months earlier, …

The Dandong “Friendship Bridge” on the China-North Korea border seems a fitting emblem of recent developments in China-North Korea relations. Constructed between 1937-43, the so-called “Friendship Bridge”, named thus in …

Last week witnessed the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (NCCPC), during which President Xi Jinping further cemented his leadership position and unveiled a vision for a …

The China Series

Europe

“Idleness is an abuse of power – Our country is at stake.” Barely two months ago, the German Free Democratic Party (FDP) re-entered parliament following an expensive publicity campaign that …

In recent weeks, thousands of people in Germany have marched in protest against the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland), the far-right political party whose strong performance in September’s election gave them …

From the outside, it seems as if nothing has changed. For a brief moment, the world turned its eyes to the German election, noticed Merkel had won and then turned …

Middle East

Osama Bin Laden’s son Hamza is being readied for a promotion to the senior ranks of al-Qaeda. That is according to recent US intelligence reports which have elevated Hamza Bin …

When the Syrian crisis took off in 2011, millions of Syrians fled to a neighbouring country – Lebanon. Soon the Lebanese society was unable to adequately absorb all Syrians seeking …

Almost all commentators of conflicts in the Middle East start their investigations by looking back to the 1920s when most of the current borders were drawn after the crumbling of Ottoman …

Revisiting the Iraq War

Americas

During his June 2015 candidacy announcement speech, then-candidate Donald Trump declared that the US must “stop sending foreign aid to countries that hate us” and instead “use that money to …

In the modern age of short news cycles and even shorter attention spans, things that ought to shock and disturb us are quickly accepted as the new norm. I could list …

The recent gubernatorial elections in Venezuela, in which Nicolas Maduro’s ruling Socialist Party unexpectedly won eighteen out of twenty-three state governorships, has promoted yet another salvo of criticism from domestic …

Africa

More than three decades after leaving the African Union (AU), and subsequently having political and economic flirtations with the Arab League and the EU, Morocco has staged a return to …

Author: Cynthia Wang The Islamic State (IS) is not merely a regional force; it has permeated borders on a global scale. UN figures state that there have been an estimated …

Young Pakistani girl Malala Yousafzai, now just 17, stole the hearts and attention of a global audience when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman on a …
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