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Brazil: how populist politicians use religion to help them win

This autumn’s Brazilian presidential election offers a glimpse of how 21st century populist leaders are using religion to enthuse their support base. The incumbent, right-wing firebrand Jair Bolsonaro, rose to power in 2018 with support from evangelical Christian voters who warmed to his social conservatism. And while some polls suggest this support may have eroded […]
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What Netflix documentary The Most Hated Man on the Internet gets right (and wrong) about ‘revenge porn’

Aleksey Boyko/Shutterstock The most hated man on the internet, according to a new Netflix docuseries, is Hunter Moore. The convicted criminal and self-described “professional life ruiner” Moore enabled the non-consensual distribution of thousands of private images by founding “revenge porn” website Is Anyone Up?. The documentary captures what revenge porn is, how it is carried […]
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Ukraine war prompts Baltic states to remove Soviet memorials

Soviet-era monument in Riga, Latvia, which was splashed with the colours of the Ukraine flag the day after Russia invaded in February 2022. Kārlis Dambrāns/ Flickr., CC BY-NC Estonia is to remove all of its Soviet-era war monuments, the latest in a line of eastern European countries to go down this path. There are reportedly […]
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Operation Condor: why victims of the oppression that swept 1970s South America are still fighting for justice

Between 1976 and 1978, an extrajudicial campaign of violent repression was waged by South American dictatorships against political dissidents and exiles who spoke out against domestic repression and military rule. Operation Condor, as this campaign was known, has since inspired multiple novels, plays and exhibitions, not to mention a forthcoming HBO series. The latter, based […]
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Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak want to crack down on migration – an expert reviews their plans

Immigration is an ideological headache for the UK’s Conservative party, caught between its neoliberal new right that champions free markets, and its social conservatism, which immigration is said to threaten. But a restrictive immigration stance has been a winning ticket for the Conservatives since David Cameron’s 2010 pledge to reduce net migration. Conservative voters still […]
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