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Cambodia’s Killing Fields: What brutal histories can teach us

It’s always instructive to learn from history. It feels particularly so now, given the rise of extreme divisions in political debate around the world. Last week I visited the Choeung Ek Genocide Centre – aka Killing Fields – in Phnom Penh. Today butterflies flit around the former orchard site. But between 1975 and 1979, almost […]

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Why have 12 countries pulled out of the UN migration pact?

This week, world leaders meet in Morocco to adopt the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). The Compact was developed in response to the unprecedented levels of human movement around the world — and a desire to work together to better manage it. While 192 countries agreed the wording of the agreement only […]

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Bolsonaro: A Global Threat

The election of Jair Bolsonaro as Brazil’s next President has polarised the nation. The far-right politician, infamous for his controversial views, has raised fears about the future of Brazil’s fragile democracy. But his win also has global significance. As the home of the Amazon rainforest, Brazil has a particular responsibility for environmental stewardship. Despite this, […]

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Brazil’s Trump Won

Overnight, Jair Bolsonaro became Brazil’s new president-elect. The deeply polarising far-right politician is yet another example of a shift in politics around the world – where voters dissatisfied with the status quo return populist ‘anti-establishment’ leaders, regardless of how controversial their views. To his supporters Bolsonaro represents law and order and a solution to Brazil’s […]

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