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From Britain with Love: Shakespeare double-bills with Bond on the UK-Russian cultural diplomatic stage

  2014 is the UK-Russia Year of Culture. We will be able to enjoy Malevich and the Russian avant-garde at the Tate Modern, Russian space mission exhibits at the Science Museum, and productions by the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Musical Academic Theatre, and concerts by the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra and so on. There will also […]

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Typhoon Aftermath will be Aquino’s Legacy

  On 8 November 2013 super typhoon Yolanda (or Haiyan as it is known outside the Philippines) cut a swathe through the Visayan region. Yolanda was one of the strongest typhoons ever to make landfall and the damage left in her wake was catastrophic. At the time of writing more than 7000 are missing or […]

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Warsi and Islamophobia

Before the publication of his new book on May 4th 2011 – New British Fascism: Rise of the British National Party – Matthew Goodwin discusses the growing importance of anti-Muslim sentiment on the influential ConservativeHome website.

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A great time for Britain?

How similar is the current economic crisis to the one that hit the UK and the rest of the world before 1939? There have certainly been many comparisons between our own times and the interwar depression. At the very least, journalists and experts agree, ours is the worst recession since the 1930s. How we now […]

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Russia’s war on drugs

In October 2010 joint US-Russian raids on Afghan drugs laboratories near the Pakistani border in which more than a tonne of heroin and opium was destroyed made it into the headlines. The raids followed years of criticism in Russia of what it saw as the NATO-led coalition’s failure to eradicate poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, resulting […]

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It’s déjà vu all over again

On 17th February 2010, the Coalition Government unveiled a bill that promised to bring about ‘the most radical shake-up of the welfare system for sixty years’. We’ve been here before. At least since Thatcher’s social security reforms of the mid-1980s, ‘the most radical reform of welfare since its inception’ has featured somewhere in the first […]

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A new guardian of the people?

In a world increasingly conscious of security risks, is the EU relevant? Many people – especially in Euro-sceptic Britain – think not. In the diffcult process of fostering integration , the challenge of corralling diverse European states into common security efforts appears to be a step too far. The 2003 invasion of Iraq seems to […]

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A different kind of manifesto

Somewhere in Cairo, an artist is writing a manifesto. Artists’ manifestos are often more political than political manifestos. They are also more entertaining. Artists’ manifestos outstrip art to embrace life. As I argue in my recent book, 100 Artists’ Manifestos, artists are revolutionaries. In 1919 Raoul Hausmann and Johannes Baader ‘founded’ a Dada Republic by […]

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Chinese labour & globalisation

The current restructuring in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is of phenomenal importance to the global economy. In particular it has added millions of workers to the international workforce. Chinese workers often work in conditions of super-exploitation. The impact of the current global crisis on Chinese manufacturing has put further pressure on their wages. […]

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The revolting coalition

How do MPs behave when faced with a coalition government?  For all that behaviour in the House of Commons has changed over the post-war era – with MPs becoming more rebellious and less willing to be lobby fodder – there has been one constant: rebellion has remained the exception, cohesion the norm. Whilst the exact […]

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