All posts filed under: Analysis & Comment

How did Zimbabwe get there?

How did Zimbabwe get here? What is going on? What is likely to happen? The short answer is a combination of short-term factors, and long-term trends, economic structural pressures, political policy choices, and personal power agenda. Read this extract from Robert Mugabe, a forthcoming book by Dr Sue Onslow and Martin Plaut of the Institute of […]

Cross-cultural After-Life of Classical Sites

 Dr Valeria Vitale and Dr Gabriel Bodard explains the research behind the Cross-cultural After-Life of Classical Sites project, which aimed to extend our knowledge of the cultural complexity of many classical sites and widen the idea of the ‘ancient world’ beyond Greek and Roman cultures and languages. Part of a larger initiative to research and […]

Celebrating 10 years of indigenous peoples’ rights

Image: Mural at the Centro Utopia, cultural centre of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) On 17 September 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It may not have drawn much public interest but for the 400 million or so indigenous peoples in […]

Poaching the truth? Boko Haram is NOT involved in the illegal ivory trade

Professor Keith Somerville, a writer and lecturer on African affairs, warns those interested in the truth about ivory poaching and smuggling to treat with extreme caution the recent stories in The Mirror and Independent, and repeated by the Environmental Investigation Agency, which offer no supporting evidence of Boko Haram’s alleged role in ivory poaching in […]