Serbia and Macedonia: a story of two protests

Recent mass protests in Belgrade and Skopje have shown that public dissent can be driven by very different forces. Following an election that produced no change, people in Serbia have taken to the streets to express their discontent with the power elite. In neighbouring Macedonia the outgoing government, after losing its majority in the latest […]

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Dreams and Deceptions: A Night of Storytelling

Dreams and Deceptions: A Night of Storytelling Saturday 1 July 18:30-20:30 £12 / £10 / £8 for both shows From an enchanting Yoruba tale of the Orishas to the scandalous story of secrets and rivalry in contemporary Nigerian fiction, Africa Writes presents an enchanting night of storytelling. The Illusion of Truth by Mara Menzies, followed […]

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Africa Writes: R.A.P Party

Africa Writes: R.A.P Party Friday 30 June 19:30 – 23:00 £12 / £10 A poetry night unlike any you’ve been to before. Africa Writes opens with a Rhythm and Poetry Party – a nostalgic, no-clutter, no-fuss, straight-up evening of hip-hop inspired poems and songs. Featuring Malika Booker, Kei Miller, Kayo Chingonyi, Fatimah Kelleher, Jolade Olusanya, […]

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Africa Writes 2017

Africa Writes is back! Friday 30 June – Sunday 2 July 2017 Brought to you by The Royal African Society An exciting summer weekend of contemporary African literature and thought. With a vibrant programme of book launches, panels, storytelling, poetry & workshops, the festival showcases the best new writing from the continent and the Diaspora. Plus family […]

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Decoupling: a key fantasy of the SDG agenda

At the core of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the idea that economic growth (defined as money flow or market value) can be ‘decoupled’ from the physical growth of the economy (resource consumption) and the associated environmental pressures (degradation, pollution). Paradoxically, however, the concept’s main promoters admit that there is virtually no evidence […]

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Why protests are ‘good toys’ for Romanian democracy

Protests and other forms of collective action meant to disturb the routines of society are essential for the evolution of a democratic country and an effective generator of social change. With young people as key actors in mobilizing to express their discontent with political decisions, the recent wave of protests in Romania reflect the struggle […]

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Exploring Europe's ‘Squares of resistance’

United in their dissent over mounting inequality and continuing corruption, thousands of people have taken to the streets in Central and Eastern Europe in the recent past. A new generation is asserting itself and demanding accountability of its leaders. Separate movements show similarities in origins and aims with movements earlier seen in Southern Europe and […]

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Going beyond the complexity of Mali’s conflict

In most African crises, there are multiple conflict components (political, social, economic), which are usually analysed separately to increase understanding and find appropriate solutions. However, in the Malian conflict it is necessary to analyse these factors together. Mali’s multi-layered conflicts cannot be understood from a single analytical perspective and a simple categorization of each of […]

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Letterbox companies and the evasion of workers’ rights

Mainly known for their association with corporate and income tax evasion, letterbox companies have also been linked to dubious workers’ rights practices and social dumping in the EU. In the late 1990s, the term also started to be used in the international transport sector to describe companies that had an address in the country of […]

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