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Cuba's Leadership Transition

By Diego Moya-Ocampos

President Raúl Castro's decision on 19 April to step down as president of the Council of State and Council of Ministers and hand over to First Vice-President Miguel Díaz-Canel marks a clear transition in leadership to a younger generation within the Cuban Communist Party (Partido Comunista de Cuba: PCC). Castro has been formally in power since 2008, succeeding his older brother Fidel, who had held power since 1959, and Díaz-Canel signals continuity and gradual economic reform but not democratic opening.

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Cartel de los Soles

By InSight Crime

The term “Cartel of the Suns” (Cartel de los Soles) is used to describe shadowy groups inside Venezuela’s military that traffic cocaine. 

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Crimea: A Case of Déjà Vu

By Vasile Rotaru

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the Kremlin has never hesitated to use its hard power in the near abroad whenever it has considered its strategic interests to be at stake. 

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Should Britain’s Railways Be Nationalised?

By Roland Bensted

The UK’s privatised railways are less efficient, and a bigger drain on public resources than the former British Rail. Nationalisation should be considered. 

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The International Criminal Court and Kenyan 2013 Elections

By Njoki Wamai

The 4 March 2013 election was a defining moment in Kenya’s post-independence history. This election was significant for several reasons. 

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When Democracies Make Wrong Decisions

By Shilpa Rao

Recent events in India and the US have threatened the very ethos of those torch-bearer democracies. 

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Royal Charter on Press Regulation: A False Dichotomy

By Joe Attwood

The authors of the Royal Charter on the Self-Regulation of the Press have come under a great deal of criticism in recent weeks, but if there is one thing that can be said of them it is that they have certainly read the Leveson Report.