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Brexit, A Web Of Lies, And A Disunited Kingdom

miguelangelverdegarridoIntroduction
The United Kingdom referendum on whether to withdraw or not from the European Union resulted in 52% of the voting population deciding to ‘Leave’. The resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and the collapse of the pound sterling were immediate consequences of a ‘Leave’ campaign grounded on numerous lies and already, as the days after the result proved, a number of broken campaign promises. The referendum results were received enthusiastically among far-right nationalist politicians in other countries, despite the fact that profound splits within the UK (i.e., in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and London) were also made evident immediately afterward.

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Amitav Acharya, 2014. End of American World Order, Cambridge: Polity Press. 150p. Tables

zondiReviewed by Siphamandla Zondi

The time is ripe for the correction of this deep-seated cognitive injustice committed by dominant discourses suppressing, denigrating, silencing or just neglecting perspectives and world views from outside the Western world. This results in a distortion of world history told only from a Eurocentric angle and thus robbing the readership and listeners of the rich diversity of discourses that have been taking place for centuries emanating also from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and so forth.

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Peru’s Historic Elections: A Tight Victory for Kuczynski’s Centre Right Politics

SikhumbuzoThe Republic of Peru recently went on polls to choose the captain who will steer up the ship of one of Latin America’s fastest growing economy in what analysts termed a historic election contestation. The current form of government in Peru was established by the Constitution of 1993, which established a Presidential Representative Republican system of rule with multi-party elections. The executive branch of government has the President as the chief of state and head of government. The legislative branch of government on the other hand is vested in the Congress of the Republic of Peru, which is a 130-member unicameral congress which is elected every five years by a universal, secret and direct vote.

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Climate Finance: Shifting for a Fix

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Climate finance proved to be one of the trickier points to navigate during the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21). The Paris Agreement, although making significant strides forward in securing reliable, transparent and scaled-up climate compatible financial flows, falls short of delivering binding climate finance commitments. In this blog post the complexities of climate finance are discussed, along with the next steps in the build-up to the Marrakesh Climate Change Conference (COP22) later this year.

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The Tribunal Ruling Against China over SCS: So what?

kennyremofiloeThe Permanent Court of Arbitration under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea recently made a ruling on a South China Sea (SCS) case brought by Philippines, disputing Beijing’s historical claims and exclusive rights and control of the SCS. The tribunal declared that although Chinese navigators and fishermen, as well as those of other states, had historically made use of the islands in the South China Sea, there was no evidence that China had historically exercised exclusive control over the waters or their resources. So what does this mean for the future of the SCS?

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