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Fidel Castro: An Antagonist Remembered

The last Marxist-Leninist to hold a place on the world stage has left, signalling the end to an era that saw revolutionists taunt empires and topple autocratic regimes. A charismatic romantic to the very end, Fidel Castro died on November

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Zaha Hadid (1950-2016): “I Don’t Design Nice Buildings”

Zaha Hadid orphaned this world on March 31 and left it waiting for great works that now will never be. Architects bloom late in life and, while a prodigy, Ms Hadid was widely expected to pique in the years ahead.

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Eduardo Galeano: Remembering a Forgotten Continent

In the last days of his presidency, José Mujica visited the Casmu Hospital in Montevideo to pay his respects to Uruguay’s foremost historian and poet. On April 13, Eduardo Hughes Galeano succumbed to lung cancer. A giant of progressive journalism,

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Charlie Hebdo Attack: The Triumph of the Last Laugh

In the wake of the terrorist attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which left ten staff members and two police officers dead, it is more important than ever to remember – and indeed emphasise – the difference between

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Chinua Achebe (1930-2013): A Great Tree Has Fallen

In the mid-20th century Africa was starting once more to find its own voice, having been gagged by centuries of colonial oppression. For all that time, the story of Africa had been told by Europeans. The narrative they presented was

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A Grateful World Mourns Nelson Mandela

1918 – 2013 On the evening of Thursday December 5th a clearly shaken President Jacob Zuma announced to South Africa and the world that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was dead. Nelson Mandela’s death was not abrupt and the news of his

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