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Notes from Tbilisi International Book Festival

As a writer, my friends on my social media accounts mainly consist of people working in the publishing sector and media: Publishers, writers, journalists, translators. Quite a lot of people on this list are from Georgia, a neighbouring country to my homeland. Since the year started, posts shared by Georgians on my friend lists suddenly …

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Women of the Gulf deserve equal rights

Governments in the Gulf are deliberately using women to whitewash their image before the international community, at a time when patriarchy permeates all aspects of society from political, economic, social and religious powers. Saudi women demanded the lifting of the guardianship of men over them; this system allows any male in the family to control …

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Gender-based violence in the Rohingya camps

Who are they? The Rohingya, a stateless Indo-Aryan ethnic Muslim minority group, are from the northern part of the Rakhine state of Myanmar. They are not recognised as citizens by the governments of either Myanmar or Bangladesh. According to Human Rights Watch, ‘the Rohingya population is denied citizenship under the 1982 Myanmar nationality law. Despite traces of Rohingya …

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The State of Freedom of Expression in Iran

In Iran, in the last few years, both in 2017 or 2019, two massive protests against the government took place, accompanied by severe repression and the killing of several hundred protesters. As a result, Marxist and socialist accounts that expose class divide in Iranian society and show the consequences of neoliberal economics have been censored …

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Voting in 2020

Trump isn’t any stranger to a good old fashioned scandal —  from multiple allegations of sexual assault to the revelation that he pays next to no taxes, to the numerous links between Russia and the Trump campaign that serve as evidence of collusion with the Russians during the 2016 election. Despite the endless list of …

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US Elections 2020

The conditions are very different from 2016, the prognosticators and pundits insist. Trump has been eroding support from suburban voters, seniors and independents. Additionally, there are not as many undecided at this stage of the race as in 2016. The tribal nature of the current environment has folks locked into their red and blue teams. …

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