Winter Holidays Across the World: Eastern Europe and Russia

The wide variety of customs and traditions practiced in Eastern Europe during the winter holidays reflects the region’s cultural diversity. Yet, a defining feature of this time of year is its close connection to religion. Research suggests that in most countries, the vast majority of the adult population identifies with

Bombs, Borders, and Blackmail – A look backwards and forwards at the turbulence in the Western Sahara 

The Western Sahara, the territory on the Northwest coast of Africa which is sometimes called ‘Africa’s Last Colony’ due to its listing by the UN as a non-decolonized territory, has had an extremely turbulent year. From escalating violence in the South of the territory to diplomatic fights over international recognition,

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Fuelled the Fire of New Conspiracy Theories

Since the storming of the U.S. Capitol, QAnon has flourished as a widely-known conspiracy theorist cult. Its followers believe that paedophiles control media and politics and that a deep state  – where a hidden government rules over the legitimate elected body – has been created in the United States. They

It’s not Smooth Sailing for Japanese Whaling 

Global Panorama, Flickr On April 3rd, 2021, four whaling vessels left Ishinomaki and Hachinohe on Japan’s eastern coast. In June, they will be joined by a fifth vessel. These boats are setting out to partake in a highly controversial practice – commercial whaling. This practice has been halted worldwide since

Is there a new Pink Tide on Latin America’s horizon?

Casa Rosada (Argentina Presidency of the Nation) In the early 2000s, a wave of left-wing politics swept through Latin America, the so-called Pink Tide. In the mid-2010s, it was countered by a conservative, right-wing political wave. However, in the last few years, we have witnessed reactions to the conservative movement,

Women in Leadership – Barriers to female political representation

European Parliament, Flickr When you hear the word “political leader”, what comes to mind? A man in a suit? Despite significant gains in female representation in powerful roles, such as New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Arden, women remain dramatically underrepresented in political leadership positions. Of the world’s heads of state