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Hong Kong at a Crossroads: Rising Localism

At the 20th anniversary of its return to China, Hong Kong’s future seems rather uncertain. The ‘one country, two systems’ formula designed by Deng Xiaoping, and reassured by Jiang Zemin in 1997 was to be ‘unswervingly’ implemented.

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A Specific Interpretation of History: The Case of the Italian Referendums

On the 22nd of October 90% of Venetian and Lombard voters voted in favour of more autonomy. The question is, why?

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Revisiting the Gross National Cool: Layers of Self and Other since prewar Japan

Living in London now, in an environment where Asian (and in this case East Asian) culture is peripheral, I am hungry to see or hear representations of almost any kind, and am unbothered in my rampant consumption of Japanese cultural products. But growing up in Singapore as an ethnic Chinese, I felt conflicted about the widespread popularity of Japanese films and books.

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The View from Below: What Makes You Think You’re British?

We asked some people in London one disarmingly simple question: what makes you think you’re British? Philosopher Ernest Renan said that “a nation’s existence is… a daily plebiscite”.

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Putin’s National Idea: Patriotism for Power

Much is said about President Vladimir Putin’s international strategy and tactics, from cyber attacks and information warfare to domestic repression and a campaign of international irredentism to distract from a dismal economy at home.

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The Real Spanish Tragedy: In the name of democracy

On October 3rd the King of Spain Felipe VI addressed all Spaniards on the issue of Catalonia in a six minute discourse.

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A Greek Myth: The deconstruction of an Ethno-Nationalistic identity

The Ethno-nationalist party in Greece, Golden Dawn, differs little from what history has presented to us as ethno-nationalist. Its beliefs are extremely radical and not compatible with a liberal western society.

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“One State to rule them all”

Spain has been plunged into political turmoil after Rajoy  decided to deploy violence in order to stop the illegal referendum of Catalonia. Media platforms are going haywire as images of violent abuse reach their headquarters.

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Soul of a Nation: Art in the age of black power

Beyond the theoretical articulations the artworks embody, the exhibition is a reminder of the tangibility and materiality of an identity. While the answer to ‘Is there a Negro image’ remains unclear, the potency of the idea is apparent.