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How Tory U-turn on the antique ivory trade will threaten elephants in the wild

The tusks in these ornamental elephants are real ivory. William Warby, CC BY-SA Caroline Cox, University of Portsmouth Back in January I wrote an article for The Conversation applauding China’s announcement to close…

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Sense8 and sensibility: how a TV series is transcending geographical and gender borders

Deborah Shaw, University of Portsmouth Almost as soon as series two of Sense8 dropped on to Netflix on May 5, eager fans were posting speculation about when series three would be ready for…

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Why the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand could be a roaring success

Mike Rayner, University of Portsmouth On Saturday June 3, the British and Irish Lions will play the first match of their 2017 rugby tour of New Zealand. It is the first of a…

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Iran is using indirect censorship methods to avoid international criticism

Omid Shams, University of Portsmouth Human rights watchdogs repeatedly shame Iran as one of the world’s worst offenders against freedom of expression, a harsh censor with little compunction about cracking down on critics…

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A lesson on the dangers of patriotism from a pacifist of World War I

Patricia Pulham, University of Portsmouth When the Battle of Arras came to an end 100 years ago on May 16 1917, there was little for British and Commonwealth troops to celebrate. Though they…

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The scandal might be over but LIBOR ethics remain fundamentally flawed

shutterstock.com Alexis Stenfors, University of Portsmouth When I was a trader at HSBC, Citibank, Crédit Agricole and Merrill Lynch, being able to accurately predict the the London Interbank Offered Rate (or LIBOR) each…

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Good riddance to the Garden Bridge: an eye-watering waste of public funds

Walter Menteth, University of Portsmouth With one swift blow, London Mayor Sadiq Khan confounded plans to construct a leafy walkway above the River Thames. By refusing to guarantee further public funds, the mayor…

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Under the hoods: the brotherhoods (and sisterhoods) of Spain’s Holy Week

Margaret Mackay, University of Portsmouth “Spain is different!”. Napoleon took this view after his defeat by Spanish guerrilla warfare tactics. Generalissimo Franco’s government later made use of this slogan to promote Spain’s unique…

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Why Trump’s Syrian strike was a good thing

Tom Smith, University of Portsmouth The Syrian people and their Muslim brothers and sisters have been screaming for help for years as crimes against humanity racked up against them and their kin. Yet…

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Five maps that will change how you see the world

  Worldmapper.org / Sasi Group (University of Sheffield) and Mark Newman (University of Michigan)., CC BY-NC-ND Donald Houston, University of Portsmouth Boston public schools recently announced that they will shift to using world…

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