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By Sean McArdell. You may have heard of Africa. As continents go it’s a pretty famous one, and as of today it has nipped across the Atlantic to meet up with its long time neighbour, America. What is the purpose of this visit? Is Africa just going for a chat and a cup of tea or...

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Sean McArdell and Ben Gannon. At around 9PM 17th June, the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) ordered the ground of the Gaza strip after several days of air strikes, rocket fire, civilian casualties and international outrage from all sides. Since then casualties have mounted, as has outrage...

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Good Morning and Welcome to your Sunday morning write up. Today the list includes a piece of investigative journalism, something from the Ukraine and a bit more from the Middle East. You might notice a few things lacking, especially the airline disasters this week and goings on...

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By Ben Gannon. Why, you may be wondering, in a time of multiple conflicts and international intrigue, are we bringing you an article about what to read this summer? Well don’t worry, the analysis of everything from Gaza to Donetsk and back will be with your shortly for your...

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DA Sunday Morning Brief – 13th July 2014 Its been quite a weighty week this week, in terms of moral panic. Rearing their ugly heads again we have the Israel-Palestine conflict, objections to US spying and debates over special rendition. Add to that the continuing crisis in...

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The US’s extraordinary rendition programme has run into some sticky ground concerning its use of Diego Garcia for detention and torture of potential terrorists. The reason for this is that Diego Garcia is a British Indian Ocean Territory, leased to the US in 1966 for fifty...

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By Ben Gannon and Christopher Holloway. ISIS continues to dominate the world affairs headlines. However, the establishment of a new Islamic caliphate and the apparent first public broadcast of the group’s political leader cum spiritual hermit cum Caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,...

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  Dick Cheney is back. Not content to wile away his post-White House hours in the tranquility of a Wyoming ranch, the former Vice President has used ISIS’ violent rise in northern Iraq to emerge back onto the foreign policy stage, this time accompanied by his daughter...

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  By Ben Gannon. The lightning enslaught of ISIS from the confines of Syrian battlefields to within a few hundred miles of Baghdad has caught the foreign policy community off guard. Whilst sectarian factions have been an unfortunate hallmark of the Syrian conflict virtually...

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By Ben Gannon. It is probably not surprising that, in a week where Iraq has descended into sectarian chaos, the escalating situation in the region has dominated the international headlines. The good news is it means there has been a bumper crop of in-depth analysis covering the...