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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...

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....

Forget Left & Right: Now is a Time for Change

The EU referendum highlighted the true fault lines in British society. Now it’s time for our two main political parties to reflect these. What happened on June 23 was a wholesale rejection of the...

A protester sits among the flames after the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case in Oakland, California. (Photo: Stephen Lam/Reuters)

From MLK to BLM

Few would deny that in the past several years America has been poisoned by increased racial tension. However, the Black Lives Matter movement is not the antidote. 53 years ago, more than 200,000 people...

The Swiss have a highly successful system of direct democracy. (Photo: www.wikipedia.org)

More Referendums, Please

Direct democracy, when done well, can empower the people and bring greater stability to a representative system. Democracy, like all good things, should be restricted to moderate doses. This has been the dogma of...

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the two presumptive nominees, and now they must pick someone to rally with them. (Photo: Getty Images)

Second in Command

With the two most unpopular candidates in US history leading the race, never before has the next possible vice president mattered so much. So who’s in the running? As November looms on the horizon...