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    The State of Western Politics

    The day has finally come when Americans set out to vote for their next president. What makes this day so special is not just the extraordinary campaign trail that preceded it, but also that is has become the greatest reflection of the state of Western politics.

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    Why Political Terminology Matters

    Shakespeare once posed the question, "what's in a nameʔ" Quite a lot, actually.

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    How Soon Until the Third Intifada? Lift the Siege on Gaza, Say Women of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition

    Fragmentation and collapse of the health system in Gaza is partly due to Israeli blockade and continued political violence. Meanwhile, homes, families and innocent lives are being destroyed by militants on both sides of the conflict: bombings in Gaza accounted to more than 2000 casualties in 2014.

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    What should a reformed House of Lords look like?

    Does the UK really need such an enlarged, undemocratic second house for this scrutinising purpose? Is there not a better way to better represent British citizens beyond the fluctuating 5-year terms of the Commons?

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    Book review: The Churchill Factor by Boris Johnson

    I came across this book in a book store in San Francisco this August. Having previously heard about the book and being very much intrigued by Boris Johnson's name emblazoned across the cover, I decided to turn The Churchill Factor into my final read of the summer before all my energy would be dedicated to read module reading on pdf files.

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    Leaders: Vladimir Putin

    Vladimir Putin: Time Magazine’s #1 most influential person in 2015, has shown a remarkable talent throughout his early life and political career for ‘getting the job done’. His authoritatively democratic regime has carried out policies that provides a new lease of life to traditional Russian values (such as Russian Orthodox Christianity) which has seen his popularity continue to soar to 82% over the past 16 years.

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