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Argentina’s presidential elections herald a radical change

The result of Argentina’s presidential elections last week signified both a radical change for Argentina and Latin America, as the victory of centre-right Mauricio Macri looks to reverberate across countries dominated by ineffectual leftist politics for over a decade. Macri’s win was a fragile one, as he gained a slim majority of 51.4% over Peronist […]

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This week in history: Franco’s Death

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Spain’s fascist dictator, Francisco Franco. The Caudillo’s dictatorship began in 1939, and from its inception it was characterised by a strong anti-communist sentiment and close alliance with the Catholic Church. During the first few years of the dictatorship hundreds of thousands died as a result […]

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ISIS’ use of women as human shields typifies gender violence

The recent video footage of caged civilian captives in Damascus highlights two key aspects of modern warfare: the targeting of civilians and within that, the specific victimisation of women. The insurgent group Jaysh al-Islam or ‘Army of Islam’ captured around 400 civilians last week with the aim of using them as a human shield against […]

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Male feminists should not displace female voices

Can men really be feminists? As many famous male figures embrace the term, the question pervades popular discourse and requires serious consideration. Firstly, it is essential to dispel the myth that feminism is solely dedicated to issues of women and in doing so, excludes the issues of men. Feminism should be characterised as a movement […]

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Celebrating Columbus Day is inherently problematic

Every second Monday in October, crowds gather for the annual celebration of Columbus Day in the US. While many states, such as Alaska and California, choose to reject this tradition in lieu of an Indigenous People’s Day, the continuing state endorsement for such a day is inherently problematic and should be rendered obsolete. First celebrated […]

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Catalonian independence is not so straightforward

The majority win of the pro-independence parties in Catalonia’s regional elections, while seemingly representative of a breakaway from Spain, should be considered as little more than a political hiccough. Although Junts pel Sí, a collaboration of the two main separatist parties, gained an overall majority of 72 seats, it only received 48% of votes. Supporters […]

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‘Feminazi’ Crystalises Opposition To Gender Equality

The ubiquity of the term ‘Feminazi’, in recent public discourse, disturbing crystallises the prevalent opposition to principles of gender equality. The term itself, coined in the 1990s by Rush Limbaugh, is both ignorant and offensive, conflating an ideology aimed at achieving equality, with one universally condemned for its racism, anti-Semitism and homophobia. The furore surrounding […]