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Notes on a Hermit Kingdom

I’d not yet settled into my Beijing hotel room before the push notifications began on news of the DPRK’s nuclear testing. Only hours earlier I had been aboard a train, crossing the Yalu River from the austere North Korean settlement of Sinuiju to the glitzy Chinese city of Dandong. The Yalu crossing concluded my week…

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Tutku Bulutbeyaz

  Tutku Bulutbeyaz is a Turkish artist based in Istanbul whose compositions evoke a sense of contradiction and intrigue. Bulutbeyaz’s collages juxtapose the contemporary and the traditional as he creatively represents the polarisation of the Western and Eastern worlds. His intricate designs are multi-layered in terms of content and meaning as his work makes a…

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China got your tongue?

The Leak of Document No. 9: China’s culture of journalistic silence will yield to a culture of digital infinity and possibility   “Fundamental Rights” for citizens, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press – these are all included in the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China. After all, a government cannot claim a…

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The Rise of ISIL: Part I

British PM David Cameron recently described ISIL as a ‘desperate’ organisation ‘that’s losing territory’ and ‘losing ground.’ Let’s take a look at this organisation and where it all began…   Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also referred to as Islamic State, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), or by the Arabic acronym Daesh,…

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Yağmur Al Sharif

      Yağmur Al Sharif is a war photographer, activist and mother of one. Through her photography, she captures the complexities of war and shines light onto the disrupted human routine that it produces. By entering conflict zones and refugee camps, her photography provides a unique perspective of the individual impact of war. Our…

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Who is Jeremy Corbyn and can he win?

The new leader of Britain’s opposition party, Jeremy Corbyn, has created quite a stir in Britain and across the world. He has created impressive levels of political engagement in a country where disillusionment in politics is common – increasing his party’s membership dramatically from 200,000 to 350,000 since he first put his name down for…

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Film Review: Beasts of No Nation

Directed by: Cary Joji Fukunaga Written by: Cary Joji Fukunaga Starring: Abraham Attah and Ibris Elba Beasts of No Nation tackles a subject that is rarely touched upon in mainstream cinema. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga has been outspoken about the difficulty of getting the film funded. The film has since been purchased by Netflix, giving…

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Film Review: Syriana

Directed by: Stephen Gaghan Written by: Stephen Gaghan Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffery Wright, Chris Cooper, Will Hurt, Mazhar Munir, Tim Blake Nelson, Amanda Peet, Christopher Plummer, Mark Strong, Alexander Siddig, Akbar Kurtha and Viola Davis Stephen Gaghan’s Syriana is an international political thriller. The globetrotting narrative is reminiscent of his previous screenplay Traffic…

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