The Pope supports same-sex union laws, opening the door for activists to make gains in Catholic states

 In a recently debuted film, Fransesco, Pope Francis discusses his support of same-sex  union laws. He explains that “homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are  children of God. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it.” Supporters of gay  rights welcome the Pope’s statement, arguing that a …

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Feminist protests in France during COVID-19

On 11 May 2020, France started easing its restrictions following a first national lockdown. To avoid a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, a host of rules were put in place. One of them was that group meetings larger than 10 were prohibited. Despite these restrictions, thousands of individuals came out in the streets across the nation …

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Brexit and the Internal Market Bill : how far and how little it has progressed

Written before the 15-16 October 2020 EU summit. On 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom (UK) ceased to be a member of the European Union (EU). Over the past eight months, the country has found itself carefully navigating its way towards the ‘open waters’ of economic and political freedom and away from the harboured safety …

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Postcolonialism, Race, and International Relations in the Age of Racial Populism

Dr Randolph B. Persaud is Associate Professor of International Relations at the School of Int’l Service, American University, Washington D.C. His publications include Counter-Hegemony and Foreign Policy (SUNY Press, 2001); R.B. Persaud & Alina Sajed (eds.) Race, Gender, and Culture in International Relations (Routledge, 2018); R.B. Persaud and N. Kumarakulasingam (eds.) Violence and the Third …

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In Hong Kong, the Covid crisis has ailed the pro-democracy movement

John Brake is a PhD Candidate in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge On July 31, Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, announced a one-year delay of district council elections planned for September 2020. While Lam cited public health considerations related to the coronavirus pandemic, the delay deprived pro-democracy politicians of …

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Insta-Activism: Tackling Sexual Harassment in Egypt

On 1 July, 2020, the Egyptian social media scene was shaken by viral allegations against Ahmed Bassem Zaki, an accused sexual predator now facing legal investigation by the Egyptian Public Prosecution Office. A dedicated Instagram page, @assaultpolice, was created to raise awareness about Zaki’s notorious history of alleged rape, assault, and harassment. This page has …

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Democracy Alive and Kicking

MJ Fox is an independent author, editor and researcher with a PhD from the Institute for Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden. Teaching experience includes Uppsala, St. Andrews (Scotland) and Georgetown (Washington DC) universities. Topics of interest involve issues around political culture, child soldiers, violent non-state actors and international humanitarian law. Publications include The …

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‘The Clergy’ and ‘Tell No One’: The Polish ‘Spotlight’

‘The Church is holy, but it’s made of sinful people’. This is how one of the characters in The Clergy (Kler) describes the institution of the Roman Catholic Church. Moreover, it is one of the main messages that the film’s director Wojciech Smarowski aimed to transmit to viewers, all while putting a special emphasis on paedophilia and church corruption …

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Why does gender matter in the Transatlantic?

In her seminal book, The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir states that ‘one is not born a woman, but rather becomes one’. This citation is helpful to understand how the concept of gender is one which is performed and takes shape as it is acted over time, as argued by Judith Butler in Gender Trouble: …

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