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Fear and Loathing in Lukashenko’s Belarus

By Roland Bensted

With public and media attention focused on popular protests in the Middle East, another brutal crackdown continues in Europe. 

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The Arab Revolution Spreads to Algeria

By Farah Mendjour-Ounissi

After months of intense protests across the Arab world that have led to the fall of Presidents Ben Ali of Tunisia and Mubarak of Egypt, one question remains on everyone’s mind: who is next? In Tahrir Square last Saturday, Egyptian protestors chanted "Today Egypt, tomorrow Algeria", positioning Tunisia’s neighbour Algeria as the next domino to fall in this remarkable Arab revolution. 

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Political Consciousness in Yemen: Enough To Topple the Government?

By Elisenda Ballesté

Very few observers would have thought that January’s revolts in Tunis would lead to the fall of President Ben Ali. Even fewer would have predicted the domino effect that Tunisian citizens would pass on to their fellow Muslims in the region. Yet, popular protests against the regimes in Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Bahrain, Algeria, and even Syria and Iran, quickly followed. This article focuses on Yemen, the poorest Arab country and one, like many other Middle Eastern countries, in which the President has remained in power for more than three decades.

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Unity and Division in the Heart of Europe: the Paradox of Brussels

By Roland Bensted

Brussels, a major international city, tourist hub and home to nearly 1,1 million residents, is often seen as a place of unity. It is the capital of federal Belgium, the heart of the EU and host to NATO, international financial institutions and major corporations. Yet, it is also the central battleground in ethnically and linguistically divided Belgium, the former seat of a particularly brutal colonial empire and a place of significant social divisions, highlighted by its 16 per cent unemployment rate.

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Book Review: Dispatches by Michael Herr

By David Bayon

Since reading Michael Herr’s Dispatches, I wanted that book in my personal collection. I picked it out at a library in Madrid and for three days, I could not put it down. When I returned it, I bought it on Amazon. Now it is on my shelf, alongside the works of other great reporters such as Wilfred Burchett, John Reid, Phillip Knightley, Robert Kaplan, Alan Moorehead and Blaine Harden. 

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Are Hugo Chávez’ Special Laws the Catalyst to the End?

By Antonio Corrales

Since the last legislative elections, the Venezuelan political environment has radically changed pace from its course over the last twelve years. 

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Understanding the Egyptian Stalemate

By Sarah MacRory

The Lotus Revolution has given way to a new definition of chaos. Eleven days after the beautiful sight of Egyptian unity in Tahrir Square and the start of historical change, there is no way of determining the truth. With each passing day new strings of rumours tie themselves to the massive knot that is Egyptian civil society.