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Mugabe: From independence and stability to coup and chaos

  • Independence, the Matabeleland massacres, land reform, and despotism: These words have come to encapsulate the 60-year-long political career of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who died this month aged 95.  The promising young student taken in by Jesuit missionaries always pref...
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Can Biden go the distance?

  • Aside from the easygoing demeanor and friendly uncle-in-chief charm, the American public never could quite place “Cup O’ Joe” Biden’s politics. Aside from the fact he served diligently as Barack Obama’s steady vice president and spent 40 years as a representative of the leafy Atlantic coast sea...
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How China deals with Hong Kong a key indicator for West

  • Protesters are hit by police water cannon during a demonstration against a proposed extradition bill in Hong Kong, China. (Reuters) As the Union Jack came down over Wan Chai on a hot summer evening in 1997, Hong Kong’s future as a special administrative region (SAR) seemed secure...
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Large Muslim prison population a test for Johnson’s unity pledge

  • Muslim inmates count for a staggering 16 percent of the UK prison population. (Getty Images) With news of a new prime minister in 10 Downing Street, a landmark UK House of Commons paper on the British prison population that was released last week was largely ignored. It...
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Racism has seeped back into mainstream politics

  • “What’s your ethnicity?” Kellyanne Conway barked at a reporter on the lawn of the White House this week. President Donald Trump’s counselor, a pugnacious battleaxe who is no stranger to controversy in Washington, shocked onlookers as she attempted to ask Andrew Feinberg about his origins in an ...
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Brexit and the GCC

  • The potential cost of Brexit to the UK’s economic performance and influence has made the country’s relations with the Gulf states more important. As a key export market for UK goods and services, and with Britain being a long-time safe haven for Gulf investors, an incredible amount of importanc...
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Successful auction heralds new dawn for Saudi art

  • Nobody seemed to mind as temperatures soared in the charming Nassif House in Jeddah’s Al-Balad district last Wednesday night. Under a crescent moon and perhaps what is one of the oldest trees in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia hosted its first international art auction. Raising almost SR5 million ($1.3 mi...
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Tories must make use of ‘outsider’ Stewart’s talents

  • Author, spy, explorer, soldier, diplomat, governor, minister, and Conservative Party leadership candidate. Accumulating accolades seems to have been Rory Stewart’s preoccupation throughout his adult life. Of his many achievements, however, an eye on the top job was never one of them. Having sur...
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Special relationship in calmer waters after a successful state visit

  • As concrete blocks were dragged across Regent’s Park to fortify the US President Donald Trump’s temporary headquarters, many expressed concern as to the status of the alliance between the UK and the US. Mr. Trump’s off-the-cuff style, the spectre of a Conservative Party leadership contest and d...
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Why the UK Conservatives need another Thatcher

  • The UK is facing its “worst peacetime crisis,” and the union is “more divided than at any time since the Civil War.” Such statements have been used to describe the current impasse the country finds itself in. With embattled Prime Minister Theresa May to step down next week, Conservative Party c...
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