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Boko Haram and Nigeria – an analysis

We often find ourselves cruelly reminded of the primacy of ‘news values’. Last September, up to 50 male students at a college in northeast Nigeria were slaughtered: many burned alive, those fleeing drowned in showers of bullets. The news was reported by a few wires. Again in February, 59 boys were locked in Buni Yadi […]

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1 in 4 children in UK live in poverty

Earlier this year the Trussell Trust, the UK foodbank provider, claimed that nearly one million people had visited a foodbank for an emergency 3 day food supply, a staggering 163% increase since 2012/13 figures. The increase in reliance on food banks has been linked to problems in the benefit system, and to people relying on […]

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Going gaga over Malala: the non-violent crusader of the 21st century

The Taliban has tried to kill her; the UN has listened to her impassioned speech on the inviolable importance of equal education; she even nearly won the Nobel Peace Prize (but let’s face it – she’s better than that!) Malala Yousafzai has now cemented her image as the Joan of Arc of the modern era. […]

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Could the Department for International Development still learn a thing or two about global education reform?

Since 2010, the Department for International Development (DfID) has taken a controversial decision to pump foreign aid into low-cost private schools in developing countries (Nigeria, Ghana and Pakistan, to name a few) due to a need for investment in public education systems that, if anything, are growing exponentially. This move sparks a change in mentality for […]

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Britain is run by a ruling class

It is an irony of modern politics that the more the political class proclaims its commitment to social mobility, the more exclusive it seems to become. As is widely known and repeated, the Prime Minister, the Mayor of London and the Archbishop of Canterbury were all educated at the same school, Eton (where the basic […]

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The problem of youth unemployment

There are few worse things that society can do to their young than to leave them with no prospect of a job and a purpose in life. Unemployment for the young has had devastating effects worldwide. It is quite possible that the final straw in  creation of the Arab Spring in the Middle East was […]

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Has Democracy Had Its Day?

From around 1970s onwards liberal democracy began spreading like wildfire from America. The principles of this type of democracy took over most of Western Europe and from 1990s it even started to implant itself on former Soviet Union nations. Since then, liberal democracy has been viewed as a prerequisite for a stable and thriving country […]

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