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A Tense Game of Dominoes: The U.S., Russia, and Chechnya Stalemate

A Tense Game of Dominoes: The U.S., Russia, and Chechnya Stalemate

The United States’ volatile relationship with Russia is poised to become yet more tense in light of recent reports of anti-gay human rights abuses in the Russian republic of Chechnya. Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta, notable for its courageous pursuit of investigative stories, reported on 1 April that at least 100 men had been detained...
From Russia With Love: The Trump-Russia Connection Analysed

From Russia With Love: The Trump-Russia Connection Analysed

It’s tough to keep abreast of the near-constant stream of alarming developments emerging in recent days with regard to the Trump administration and its connections to Russia. One by one – and far too rapidly for the comfort of many citizens of the US and the democratic world at large – information has been leaked...
The Selfie Seen Round the World: Social Media and its Pervasive Role in Politics

The Selfie Seen Round the World: Social Media and its Pervasive Role in Politics

Syrian refugee Anas Modamani—who posed with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a 2015 photograph that went viral— has recently filed for an injunction that would obligate Facebook to remove any content connecting him to terrorism. His doing so raises interesting questions about the role of technology in politics and the responsibility of the media. The...
Money, Media, and Mugabe: Zimbabwe’s Tech Crossroads

Money, Media, and Mugabe: Zimbabwe’s Tech Crossroads

The latest string of clashes which have simmered in Zimbabwe in the past months is the abduction and beating of six prominent activists by riot police in capital city Harare on Friday 18 November, in advance of a planned protest against President Robert Mugabe and his government. The protest (referred to as #MunhuWeseMuRoad) was intended...
The Price of Duterte’s Dirty War on Drugs

The Price of Duterte’s Dirty War on Drugs

Just three months into his term in office, new Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte can claim both immense domestic popularity as well as an impressively sinister trail of wreckage, and has raised the hackles of human rights advocates and a significant number of Western politicians and lawmakers. Duterte, a self-styled anti-establishment candidate from the relatively minor...
France’s New Prostitution Law: More Problematic Than it Seems

France’s New Prostitution Law: More Problematic Than it Seems

After two years of internal parliamentary conflict, French MPs passed a controversial law on 7 April which makes paying for sex a criminal offence. First offenders are to be fined €1500, and second-time offenders will be charged €3750 and have the infraction marked on their criminal record. MP Maud Olivier, a proponent of the Bill,...
FIFA’s Turnover Likely Means Continued Corruption

FIFA’s Turnover Likely Means Continued Corruption

Big changes are afoot for the international football community in the coming days and months following the election 26 February of new FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the 2016 FIFA Extraordinary Congress in Zürich — but these changes could mean more of the same when it comes to the embattled organisation’s tendency toward corruption. The...
Bosnia, the EU, and the Russia Factor

Bosnia, the EU, and the Russia Factor

Twenty years and three months after the Dayton Peace Accords, which marked an end to the bloodiest war in Europe since World War II,[1] Bosnia and Herzegovina will submit its long-awaited formal application for European Union membership on 15 February. This application kicks into action a multi-step process, which could see the strife-ridden nation joining...