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This Month in Global News: the wider world this October

Trump of the Tropics: former soldier, Jair Bolsonaro, was elected as Brazil’s new president on October 28 after a month of escalating tension and violence which culminated in his clear victory over the left wing candidate Fernando Haddad. This result signifies a shift to the right in Brazilian politics and an end to the Workers’ Party […]

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This Week in History: 20 March 2003 The Iraq war begins

On the evening of 18 March 2003, Tony Blair won support to join UK troops in the American invasion of Iraq. Despite the motion being passed by 412 votes to 149 in the House of Commons, the decision sparked a major backbench rebellion for the Labour party. Britain’s overall involvement in the Iraq War has […]

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British loan to Iraq is constitutive of neo-colonialism

The announcement this week that Britain will provide a loan of £10 billion to Iraq may appear an unremarkable financial agreement. But its critical stipulation – that the whole sum must be spent buying British goods and services – is deeply troubling. Both during and after colonialism, European powers have exerted influence over foreign states, […]

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Kurdish independence still a distant dream

It has been almost 100 years since the Kurds were denied sovereignty at the settlements following the breakup of the Ottoman Empire. Now, demands for Kurdish independence are as strong as ever, and Kurdish contributions to the fight against IS have sparked hope that a Kurdish state can emerge from the ashes of Iraq as […]