Chatting to Benedict Allen: ‘Immersive’ explorer, author, filmmaker and environmentalist

Image Credits: Benedict Allen I find Benedict Allen at the Sheldonian Theatre, there to give a talk on the various expeditions he has undertaken, and, more particularly, on the events of November 2017. Benedict was reported missing in Papua New Guinea, before being ‘found’ and taken out of the region by helicopter. This event brought him […]

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First Putin, now Xi Jinping: how unlimited power became the ‘in’ thing

If you were to cast your mind back to the finest music of 2002, it’s unlikely that the first thing to come to mind would be a Russian chart topper. That year, a song titled ‘A Man Like Putin”, in which a Russian girl-band sang about how they wanted a man like Vladimir Putin, dominated the Russian charts. Unsurprisingly, it propelled the band to worldwide […]

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China: The Future of world Football?

The recent exodus of high-profile football stars to China has cast the spotlight on the world’s most populous nation and their attempts to promote the beautiful game. The trend began with Brazilian centre-back Renato Augusto who signed for Beijing Guoan last January before convincing his compatriots Hulk and Oscar to join rivals Shanghai SIPG in […]

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Meanwhile, in Calais –

Oft repeated is that standing on the beach at Calais on a clear day you can see the English coastline. Therefore it is puzzling that it has taken months for 387 children to travel across 20.6 miles of water to safety who, under the Dubs amendment or Dublin III agreement, have a legal right to […]

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Assange and asylum: troubling questions for the UK

The saga of Julian Assange seems to underline the hypocrisy and self-interest that characterise international politics. I will admit at the beginning of this article that I lack the expertise to conduct a detailed analysis of Julian Assange’s case. However, judging by the obvious confusion of – and frequent use of the word ‘unprecedented’ by […]

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