From the darling of the West to accusations of a 30-year dictatorship: Museveni’s persistence in the face of electoral fraud

Photo: Gabriel White

Sceptical Ugandans cite corruption and continually rigged elections as hindrances to the development of the ‘pearl of Africa’ in the months after Dr Kizza Besigye’s latest failed run for presidency. ‘Vote Museveni’ t-shirts, with the President’s faded but smiling face, and the washed out election posters covering any and all available outside spaces provide a… Continue Reading ➤

Kwan-li-so: unspoken, unchallenged

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Hoeryong concentration camp, northeast North Korea: officially named Kwan-li-so, No. 22. A Russian doll of obscurity, the camp is within a valley, with many side valleys, enclosed by 1,300 – 2,300 ft. high mountains. From the macro to the micro, the camp measures 225km2 in area, skirted by an inner 33,000 volt electric fence and… Continue Reading ➤

Uncovering Chernobyl, Thirty Years On

Photo: Hugh Mitton

“I personally think that Chernobyl contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union,” said Dr. Galia Ackerman, taking a sip of her café allongé. The Franco-Russian journalist and I sat in her living room in Paris on the morning of 28 April, just two days after the 30th anniversary of the catastrophic explosion at the… Continue Reading ➤

The BDS Movement: A Help or Hindrance?

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‘Israel has no foreign policy; only domestic policy’ – Henry Kissinger. In antecedent years Kissinger’s famous aphorism has become conventional wisdom in discussing Israeli politics, a quick-witted remark made in reference to the frantic “shuttle diplomacy” of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Whilst on close examination the comment is incontestably platitudinous – every nation’s foreign… Continue Reading ➤

A New Dawn for an Old Party? Post-election Tanzania

Photo: GCIS South Africa

Despite a lack of change in the ruling party in Tanzania’s recent election, does the election of new blood in the top spot signify the possibility for far greater change than if the opposition had emerged victorious? Just two months into his tenure as President of Tanzania, John Magufuli has begun to implement some of the… Continue Reading ➤

Will Bernie Sanders Leave a Lasting Legacy on American Politics, Even if He Loses?

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The current 2016 USA presidential election cycle is set to be the most exciting in living memory. Outsiders have hijacked the primary races of both major parties in stunning fashion. While Donald Trump does what he does best, stealing the spotlight with insidious pandering, his left-wing counterpart is quietly rocking established dogma. Winning 6 of… Continue Reading ➤

Forget the SNP: what about the DUP?

Peter Robinson at a DUP party conference. The leader of the 4th largest party after the last election may become a key presence in any coalition talks after May 7.

The next general election is less than a month away, and although everyone is as ignorant as each other about what will happen once the country goes to the polls on May 7th, everyone has their own prediction. What will Sturgeon offer? How will the Greens do? What are the chances of a Conservative-UKIP deal?… Continue Reading ➤

The mixed picture in South America’s LGBT+ rights boom

(Source: Chris Geatch)

The progress in LGBT+ rights in South America within the last ten years has been outstanding. Uruguay stands out in particular and on paper appears more impressive than the UK, thanks to its blood donation laws regarding MSM (men who have sex with men). It has been particularly liberal in its recent legalisation of cannabis… Continue Reading ➤

Iraq: A lost cause?

A US Marine in Anbar, conducting a security patrol around combat outpost Viking, Iraq, in 2009

As Hegel famously observed: “The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.” Perhaps anyone involved in Western foreign policy in the Middle East should recite this every morning before they go to work, because right now we are sleepwalking into the mistakes of the past. On 16 March, the… Continue Reading ➤

BBC Russian’s Seva Novgorodsev: my method was compassion

Seva Novgorodsev: "I was told on numerous occasions that I was the one who brought [the Soviet Union] down".

“I suppose it started in 1956 with ‘Rock around the Clock’,” says Seva Novogorodsev MBE, chuckling in a bout of reminiscence. The 74-year-old BBC Russian presenter sits across from me in a studio at BBC New Broadcasting House in London. It is the day of our interview for The Cambridge Globalist and I am, expectedly, overcome by emotion. What an honour it is… Continue Reading ➤