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‘Despacito’ in the Age of Trump

  On Friday, “Despacito,” the hit song by the Puerto Rican artists Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, became the most watched video on YouTube ever, with nearly three billion views. And it got there faster than any music video in history. Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Economic links integral to India’s Act East policy

  India and Asean are commemorating 25 years of dialogue partnership this year. Speaking earlier this month at separate events in Delhi and Singapore, India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar publicly reiterated strategic commitment to South-east Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Is a China-centric world inevitable?

  The country makes use of templates from the past to construct a modern narrative of power and its activities on the Doklam plateau should be seen in this context.   India is in a prolonged standoff with Chinese forces on the Doklam Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Silencing dissent: Digital capitalism, the military junta and Thailand’s permanent state of exception

  In the last three years of military rule in Thailand, arrests and prosecutions for defamation, sedition and offences under the Computer Crimes Act have soared. Human rights advocates, democracy campaigners and ordinary citizens have been threatened, harassed and detained in Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Gaza in transit: what after the GCC crisis?

  Following the escalation of the GCC crisis and the deteriorating relationship between Qatar and the Gulf Triad (Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain), along with Egypt, rumors started spreading about a possible deal with the Hamas leadership in Gaza, being Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

The work is not undignified, but how you treat domestic workers is

  Paid domestic work is not recognised in my country, neither socially nor economically. This absence of recognition is experienced by thousands of women who do this type of work, and the valorisation that we receive – or lack thereof – Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

ISIS: the long-term prospect

  The caliphate is besieged. But ISIS can take heart from global trends working in its favour.   Mosul's impending fall and Raqqa's ongoing siege highlight ISIS's slow loss of control of the much-vaunted caliphate it declared exactly three years ago, on 29 Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Where are the missing?

  How the tabloids underplayed deaths at Grenfell for their own gain   ‘Singer Lily Allen: 150 dead in Grenfell inferno’ ‘Police Commissioner ‘HOPES the death toll won’t reach TRIPLE figures as 600 feared to have been in Grenfell’ ‘Locals claiming 100 bodies taken to Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Fire in neo-liberal London

  The burnt-out shell of Grenfell Tower is a visible reminder that public responsibilities should never be watered down.   Imagine you are a Nigerian man in his early 50s. You’ve been living in London for well over 20 years. You drive a Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Palestine: Imperial failures and their consequences

  With Israel’s Independence Day celebrations and the Nakba Day just over, the Palestinians rapidly approach a double anniversary – the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights, and the centenary of the Balfour Thursday, June 8th, 2017
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