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In Russia, death becomes you

In Russia, death becomes you

Aleksandr Bogdanov, a prominent early Bolshevik and science fiction writer, investigated the rejuvenating properties of blood transfusions in the 1920s...

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Remembering SARS

Remembering SARS

The experience of SARS traumatized Hong Kong, and the memories have endured in the territory’s collective consciousness....

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Mumbai Diary by Medha Singh

Mumbai Diary by Medha Singh

It is November. I'm on a train through India. North to South. Delhi to Mumbai. 26 hours. I'm with a friend, Esther. She is falling in love.

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War on the War of Drugs?

War on the War of Drugs?

There are two key problems with books that attempt to be objective about illegal drugs.

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Protesting the Citizenship (Amendment) Act

Protesting the Citizenship (Amendment) Act

The BJP has long believed that its anti-Muslim project has two enemies: Muslims, and those non-Muslims who see Muslims as equal citizens under the constitution.

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The American government has again proved an ally of Iran’s hardliners…

The American government has again proved an ally of Iran’s hardliners…

The storming of the American embassy in Baghdad, only a few months after the Aramco attack, was clearly important: other than personal criticism – or the prospect of impeachment

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Marcelo Hoffman: The Workers’ Party and the Rise of Bolsonaro

Marcelo Hoffman: The Workers’ Party and the Rise of Bolsonaro

The title of Perry Anderson’s book certainly captures his gloss on the uniqueness of the Brazilian experience. It speaks to a multifaceted Brazil.

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What binds Hongkongers?

What binds Hongkongers?

What binds Hongkongers as a human collective to speak truth to power? Generations have experienced Hong Kong as a land of opportunities and refuge.

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Kashmir Cut Off

Kashmir Cut Off

In an unsettled world, amid violent wars and imperial occupations, with all norms ruthlessly cast aside, did Kashmir really have a chance to be free?

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After the Revolution

After the Revolution

If I could walk, I would go to the streets again”, Muna*, a 25-year-old Sudanese protester, told me over the phone recently. She was shot and severely injured by the army...

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Peacetime Protections

Peacetime Protections

Sexual and gender-based violence in war doesn't stop when peace comes.

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An Open Letter to Liberal Idiocy by Medha Singh

An Open Letter to Liberal Idiocy by Medha Singh

Amartya Sen is reasonable in saying that Narendra Modi, re-elected as Prime Minister of India last week, has simply won the vote share, but not the battle of ideas.

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Terror and Terror

Terror and Terror

The war on terror has always been a war against Muslims. It was conceived as a war that would be fought everywhere, without regard for national boundaries.

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FOR SALE: Air

FOR SALE: Air

It is rare in the history of architecture for a new type of building to emerge. The Romans’ discovery of concrete birthed the great domes and fortifications of its empire.

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‘We need to provide a platform for Arab voices’

‘We need to provide a platform for Arab voices’

The Arab world is facing its own version of an Iron Curtain, imposed not by external actors but through domestic forces vying for power...

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The Buddhist Monk Who Became an Apostle for Sexual Freedom

The Buddhist Monk Who Became an Apostle for Sexual Freedom

Buddhist monks follow a lot of rules – 253 in one tradition, 200 in another. As the story goes, all of these rules were made by the Buddha himself...

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Idol Landlords

Idol Landlords

Hindu gods are in a litigious mood these days. Following the struggle by Ram Lalla—the Hindu deity’s infant form—to lay claim to the 2.77 acres of land where the Babri Masjid once stood

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Monitoring Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region

Monitoring Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region

The surveillance infrastructure in Kashgar is state of the art, but the Chinese government is already working on the next level of control. It wants to introduce a "social credit system" that rates the "trustworthiness" of each citizen

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How ‘conscientious objectors’ threaten women’s newly-won abortion rights in Latin America

How ‘conscientious objectors’ threaten women’s newly-won abortion rights in Latin America

Women’s rights to legal abortion have increased in Latin America – but so have campaigns and policies for medical staff to be able to ‘conscientiously object’ and refuse to participate in these procedures.

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Keith Doubt on Srebrenica

Keith Doubt on Srebrenica

It is difficult to understand the organized, systematic genocide of Bosnian Muslims by Serbian military and civil authorities from the Republic of Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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The New Republic of North Macedonia

The New Republic of North Macedonia

The Republic of Macedonia reached a deal with Greece on 12 June to change Macedonia’s name: it will now be known as Severna Makedonija, or the Republic of North Macedonia.

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