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Jennifer Seaman Cook: Time is Running Out

Jennifer Seaman Cook: Time is Running Out

Today, we find ourselves encountering a new Southern strategy that appeals, in addition to old racist division, to isolating the structural violence of women, as if the issues of unwanted pregnancy, poverty...

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Bailout Ducked

Bailout Ducked

Ten years ago today, the Telegraph began publishing, in daily instalments, the expense claims made by British MPs over the previous four years. 

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Privatspanarna are still hard at work…

Privatspanarna are still hard at work…

On the last night of February 1986, the Swedish prime minister Olof Palme and his wife, Lisbet, were strolling home through downtown Stockholm.

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Medha Singh’s India Elections Diary #3: India and her Soul

Medha Singh’s India Elections Diary #3: India and her Soul

The final phase of voting in India recently concluded with approximately 62% turnout. If one is to pay attention to the outrageous exit polls, it looks like the joke is going to be on me...

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Educational elitism isn’t going away without a fight

Educational elitism isn’t going away without a fight

When the headmaster of Stowe argued that the widening participation measures to raise the proportion of state school students were "social engineering"...

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Medha Singh’s India Elections Diary #2: Endless Comedy

Medha Singh’s India Elections Diary #2: Endless Comedy

With the most expensive elections in the world taking place as we speak, comes a raucous confusion around funds and bribes. Are they distinguishable at all?

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Medha Singh’s India Elections Diary #1: Introductions

Medha Singh’s India Elections Diary #1: Introductions

Indian democracy, it is said, is the largest democracy in the world. It grants its Members of Parliament (MPs) the freedom to whack Members of Legislative Assemblies (MLAs) with flip flops in public to settle the odd disagreement...

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Entering Brexit Britain

Entering Brexit Britain

I was 25 when I first set foot in Britain in 1995, incidentally the same year Bill Bryson published his bestselling travelogue Notes from a Small Island. Voted by BBC Radio 4 listeners...

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Eli S. Evans: Identity Politics

Eli S. Evans: Identity Politics

Here’s the question everyone else keeps asking themselves (ourselves), and each other, and, I suppose, in the case of certain reporters who dare to engage them directly, the actual people under consideration: Why, regardless, of what he does, do they keep supporting this man?

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Antisemitism Weaponised

Antisemitism Weaponised

I’m not arguing that centre-right and right-wing critics of antisemitism are antisemitic, but their campaign has a ferocious hygiene about it that carries unpleasant and ironic resonances...

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The Fourth and Fifth Waves

The Fourth and Fifth Waves

Everyone knows the first 3 waves of feminism: the first was the political fight for women’s suffrage , the second was the revival of the struggle around...

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Yugoslavia

Yugoslavia

After Tito’s death in 1980 the system entered its final decade, characterized by internal political crisis and external economic pressure...

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Central Europe

Central Europe

One way to understand central Europe today is to examine the legacy of two towering figures, Václav Havel and Viktor Orbán...

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Towards Right and Left 2.0?

Towards Right and Left 2.0?

The political ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ are going through significant transformations. Both wings are becoming more polarised and radical...

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‘There’s some unattractive social snobbery in their suggestion’

‘There’s some unattractive social snobbery in their suggestion’

Middle-class families protest at their exclusion from grammar schools.” Not your usual headline, but news nonetheless of a petition signed by thousands of parents objecting...

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‘A novel of mine lurking a mere foot above the head of the vice-president of the United States?’

‘A novel of mine lurking a mere foot above the head of the vice-president of the United States?’

During the flurry of George H.W. Bush’s death, funeral and canonisation, it was impossible to escape the photograph of George and Barbara Bush at their house in Maine...

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Democrats are waiting for the future. In the meantime…

Democrats are waiting for the future. In the meantime…

In Texas, Beto O’Rourke came within three points of capturing a Senate seat from Ted Cruz. The excitement generated by his campaign may have ...

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‘Composition, which seemed a democratic portal, has become another academic specialty’

‘Composition, which seemed a democratic portal, has become another academic specialty’

The 2016 presidential election made me more aware of two demographic groups. One is made up of young American males, mostly white and not college educated. They wavered, surprisingly, between two candidates — Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

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