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Shostakovich had one final chance to save himself. (Photo: History in an Hour)

Laughing in the Face of Death

Jamie Stainer explores a genius who disguised his criticism of Stalin’s brutal regime as praise, and saved his life in the process. That genius was Shostakovich. The date was 26th January 1936. For many...

Almost half of women have experienced online abuse, according to one study. (Photo: Resources 3)

Reclaim the Internet

Campaigns by politicians to tackle gendered online harassment are sorely needed in the UK. Some of the UK’s most prominent female politicians have united in a cross-party campaign to “Reclaim the Internet”. The project...

Michael Gove (centre) in the Sky News studio, where he made the infamous remark about experts (Photo: Zimbio)

Brexit, Brains & Building Bridges

Vote Leave’s revolt against established experts was not a revolt against knowledge or critical thinking, but against elitism and the centralisation of power. “I think people in this country have had enough of experts,”...

Burhan Wani, a commander of a Kashmiri militant group who was killed on 8th July. (Photo: Hindustan Times)

Paradise on Earth

Indian emperors and poets have referred to Kashmir as “paradise on Earth”. However, recent riots have shown that the region is anything but. Akshay Narayan explains the way forward. Burhan Wani, a 21- or...

Riot police try and control angry crowds who wait for food. (Photo: Reuters)

Chavez’s Puppet Show Is Over

Venezuela is on the brink of economic, political and social downfall. President Maduro must stop pretending that this crisis is not self-inflicted. With an economic strategy which shows no acknowledgement of the real world...

Jeremy Corbyn with his comrade-in-arms, John McDonnell. (Photo: Getty)

Dead End

Alex Moore sees three paths Labour can choose right now. The trouble is: none of them end well. A lot has happened in the past few weeks: Labour MPs staged a protest against their...

New Amsterdam, British Guyana. (Photo: Getty Images/Popperfoto)

Buxton Spice

In her poem written in the voice of her grandfather, Lylaah Bhalerao explores the themes of nostalgia and strife. Buxton Spice won a competition judged by Daljit Nagra and has also been praised by...

Norbert Hofer of Freedom Party of Austria could still become President. (Photo: The Daily Telegraph)

Europe: Populists Surge, Leaders Dither

Western politics is increasingly looking inwards. This is an alarming development. The continent’s populists are triumphant: Ukip has Brexit, Le Pen’s National Front wants “Frexit”, and Geert Wilder’s Dutch Freedom party are not far from “Nexit”. Meanwhile...

A relic of a previously outward looking country? (Photo: Home Office/PA)

The Slow Death of Cosmopolitanism

The anti-immigration rhetoric at the heart of the vote for Brexit has become symptomatic of a wider isolationist trend in British culture. We live in an ever more globalised world. As any good economics...

Republican nominee Donald Trump introduces Mike Pence to the crowd at a rally in Westfield, Indiana. (Photo: Michael Conroy/Associated Press)

Picking Pence

By choosing Governor Mike Pence as his VP nominee, Donald Trump increases his chances of unifying the Republican Party and winning in November. Everyone in America knows the name “Trump.” From his humorous insults...

Hillary Clinton appears with Virginia senator Tim Kaine days before announcing their political partnership. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/Associated Press)

No Kaine, No Gain

After months of speculation, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has announced her running mate, and her choice might just bring her to the White House. Hillary Clinton may have already won the American presidential election....

Peas in a pod: Corbyn’s core support is from young people, and George is vocal amongst them. (Photo: Next Ballot Box)

In Conversation with George Aylett

At just 19, George Aylett was one of the youngest ever parliamentary candidates in last year’s general elections. Matt Gillow spoke to him about the issues Labour faces, and how best to tackle them....

Owen Smith launching his bid to win the Labour leadership – seeking to unify both the party and ultimately the country, starting in his hometown and constituency. (Photo: Guardian/ Getty Images)

Owen Smith: Saving Labour

With Angela Eagle’s withdrawal from the Labour leadership race, Antony Tucker explains why Owen Smith is the best choice facing the party. It’s on: with Angela Eagle’s withdrawal, Owen Smith has become the sole...