Venezuela at Boiling Point

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What is Occurring in Venezuela? That Venezuela is a nation in crisis is not breaking news. Inflation rates reached 830,000% in 2019 (IMF), whilst an entire nation was left without medicines, basic food items or even toilet paper on the supermarket shelves. Of the 2.3 million Venezuelans who are living outside the country, 1.6 millon… Continue Reading ➤

Has the Left Lost its Way? – An Interview with Aaron Bastani

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Aaron Bastani is the co-founder of Novara media. He holds a PhD from the New Political Communication Unit, University of London and has written for Vice, London Review of Books, The Guardian and Open Democracy. It is commonplace that the past half-decade, from Brexit to the US presidential election, has been tumultuous for the political… Continue Reading ➤

Theresa May’s domestic abuse bill fails to put the safety of victims first or account for the huge gaps in funding which are putting the refuges in crisis

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“I think of the exhausted others who, as welfare become workfare and life constricted into an impossible bargain had to choose between abusive partners and living in their cars or the unsafe living rooms of people who might and did hurt their children, who had the optionless-option of continued personal abuse or the impersonal abuse… Continue Reading ➤

Taiwan’s Overseas Constituents: The Often Overlooked Victims of Taiwanisation

Former president Lee Teng-Hui (left), with Tsai Ing-Wen, the current President of Taiwan. Lee was a notable supporter of Taiwainisation. Source: Wikimedia Commons, The Office of the President of Taiwan.

An annual poll conducted from 1994-2016 shows that belief in a unique Taiwanese identity, exclusive of a Chinese identity, has continuously garnered more adherents in the Republic of China on Taiwan (Yu 2018, 1). The political significance of this is another issue; polls conducted by the same institution show that support for immediate or eventual… Continue Reading ➤

Gilets Jaunes: More Than Esprit Français

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The endurance and energy of the ‘Gilets Jaunes’ (yellow jackets) movement has been a surprise even in a country familiar with street protests. The demonstrations have continued for the fifth week in a row, or ‘Act Five’ as it has been called. With a turnout of around 66,000 on Saturday 16th December, the numbers were… Continue Reading ➤

Brexit – May’s deal, no deal, or a second referendum? Three perspectives from the Globalist.

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As the date when we leave the EU draws near, three major positions on how we should handle Brexit have emerged. One is to take the withdrawal agreement Theresa May has hammered out with the EU. Another is to walk away from the negotiating table altogether, and leave the EU without any deal. The third… Continue Reading ➤

Crimea: why do the Russians think it’s theirs?

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On 27th February 2014 Russian military personnel entered Crimea and began the process of taking over key government buildings in Simferopol, the region’s capital, as well as major communication hubs such as airports. This bloodless coup was completed in a few weeks and Crimea was formally incorporated into the Russian Federation in March. The events… Continue Reading ➤

Is time running out for liberation movements in government? The case of South Africa and Zimbabwe

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This past year saw the back of two gargantuan figures in Southern African politics. Robert Mugabe resigned in November 2017, having been President of Zimbabwe since its liberation from colonial rule in 1980. Just 3 months later, in February 2018, Jacob Zuma resigned from the Presidency of South Africa, ending a 9-year spell in office…. Continue Reading ➤

We were promised Brexit would leave us better off – Theresa May’s deal shows we were lied to.

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In the 19th century, a web of disputes concerning the relations of two duchies along the border of Denmark and the German Confederation, Schleswig and Holstein, came to epitomise the exhausting complexity of the European political landscape in that era. Lord Palmerston, perhaps Britain’s most famous Foreign Secretary, famously remarked: ‘Only three people have ever… Continue Reading ➤

The Fall of the ‘European Iron Lady’

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The regional election in Hessen, held at the end of October, saw the seemingly impossible – the beginning of the end of Angela Merkel. Following her party’s poor performance, she made a two-fold announcement. On the one hand, she would not be running for re-election at her annual party congress in December, where the Christian-Democrats… Continue Reading ➤