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Interactivity or interpassivity? African Warlords and the ‘Slacktivist Generation’

Interactivity or interpassivity? African Warlords and the ‘Slacktivist Generation’

Anyone who has been following and studying the conflict between the (now Ugandan government) National Resistance Movement (NRM) and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Northern Uganda, would have woken up to quite a surprise to find a ‘viral’ internet video, emblazoned with the name of Joseph Kony, racking up...
#2 - Mmmmmm'am

#2 – Mmmmmm’am

In reply to:                           Steve Bell, The Guardian 28/03/2012 Cartoon to the Editor is a graphic realisation of Letter to the Editor, where our resident cartoonist, John Mcloughlin responds to newspapers and magazines’ political cartoons. More to follow....
Nagorno-Karabakh - An(other) Invisible Conflict

Nagorno-Karabakh – An(other) Invisible Conflict

The Caucasus has a long history of political instability that for the most part has been disregarded by the West. The protracted nature of the conflict and the relatively small geopolitical significance of these countries have rendered the region almost invisible in the last decade. Since the 1990s, when separatist...
Militant Secularisation

Militant Secularisation

Baroness Warsi’s visit to the Holy See in February, as the leader of a ministerial delegation, seemed beforehand like it would be the very definition of low-impact. The presence of a prominent British Muslim in the state capital of Catholicism, affirming at the same time mutual ties of religious tolerance...
What next for Occupy London?

What next for Occupy London?

The Occupy London camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral was evicted by bailiffs and police on February 28 after surviving a chilly winter, hostile press coverage, attempted attacks on the camp and 137 days pitched in the world’s most powerful financial centre. In the end it was the courts that halted...
Alex Salmond: The Charismatic Leader

Alex Salmond: The Charismatic Leader

Entering the New Year with a swag bag of political awards, the Scottish Robin Hood, Alex Salmond is out for yet more fragments of British power to piece together his new Scotland.  And, undoubtedly, it is with this mix of irony (The Times’ Briton of the Year) and merit (The...
A Senegalese Spring or merely “we’re fed up”?

A Senegalese Spring or merely “we’re fed up”?

Senegal has long been understood as the bastion of democracy in western-most Africa. The region has seen prolonged conflict in Sierra Leone and Liberia, post-election violence and disorder in Cote d’Ivoire and Tuareg rebellions in Mali. As socio-economic disputes in Senegal turn to public tumult, indolent journalists looking for a...
#1 - On Your Marks

#1 – On Your Marks

In reply to:                           Steve Bell, The Guardian 23/02/2012 Cartoon to the Editor is a graphic realisation of Letter to the Editor, where our resident cartoonist, John Mcloughlin responds to newspapers and magazines’ political cartoons. More to follow....
Syria: UN Condemnation but not intervention

Syria: UN Condemnation but not intervention

Since March 2011, Syria has seen the bloodiest demonstrations in the Arab world. The United Nations believe that more than 6,000 people have died at the hands of the authorities. The crackdown’s violence reached a new level earlier this month when the government carried out intense shelling in the city...