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Mainland Southeast Asia’s COVID-19 “success”: policy, culture or mere luck?

Two weeks ago, Thailand emerged in the endless global coronavirus news cycle with good news; the Southeast Asian country reported no new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the 16th of July. In fact, for a country of its size, Thailand’s rate of infection has remained surprisingly low throughout the pandemic, having recorded fewer than 3,240 cases Read More…

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“A political firestorm” – Donald Trump suggests an Election Day delay

On the 30th of July, Donald Trump pinned a new tweet to the top of his twitter page: “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, Read More…

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Why we don’t need to panic about the plague in Inner Mongolia

On Thursday the 11th of June, Donald Trump told a crowd that he prefers to call COVID-19 the “plague from China”. As well as being blatantly xenophobic, this statement strikes fear into the listener because it likens the coronavirus outbreak to one of the most fatal pandemics in human history: the Black Death. The Black Read More…

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The great ‘techtonic’ shift: why now?

On the east bank of the brimming Pearl River rests Shenzhen, a southern Chinese city neighbouring Hong Kong. This little fishing town was only brought to life in 1979 when it became the first Special Economic Zone in China. Eight years later, it became the place that incubated Huawei, the world’s largest telecom equipment supplier Read More…

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The Yemen crisis: a comprehensive study from Ottoman rule to COVID-19

Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and one of its most frequently forgotten. How did Yemen disintegrate so tragically and so completely? Like many other Middle Eastern conflicts, the answer lies in colonial division, sectarian tensions, and the Iranian-Saudi proxy war being waged with US and British support. Before examining the history in detail, Read More…

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The Hong Kong protests: a comprehensive study

At midnight on the 1 July 1997, 156 years of British colonial rule ended in Hong Kong. This date also marked the end of the British Empire, and Hong Kong was returned to China. Despite the assurances of the Joint Declaration, in the 23 years since the transferral of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty, long seated antagonism in Hong Kong against China has been building since 1997.