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Snowden speaks to London

NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, says the UK’s surveillance oversight is ‘worse than the US’ at Nesta’s FutureFest event
New satellite imagery reveals Chinese advances in ongoing land reclamation project in the South China Sea

Hotspot - Rendition

As stories involving international rendition hit the headlines, Klaus Dodds casts an eye over the airports which enabled these processes to take place
Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, wants a new national flag – one without the Union Flag included. What is the future of Britain’s symbolic canton?
As eleven African countries prepare to go to the polls this year, a new election map will follow the action
Military recruitment tactics are increasingly fine-tuned to where a person lives, and how they perceive the world’s geography
‘I want to reassure you that you won’t notice a lack of high-quality beef. You are used to eating in good restaurants and you’ll continue doing so. Bon appétit!’ Those are words that Russia’s Minister for Agriculture, Nikolai Fyodorov, may…
In an effort to collect valuable red coral for jewellery production, Chinese poachers are encroaching on Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around the Izu and Ogasawara Islands

Hotspot – Myanmar

A visit by Barack Obama is enough to put any country in the spotlight, and so it has proved for Myanmar recently. Klaus Dodds asks whether the country has progressed as much as the headlines suggest
With the renewal of diplomatic relations between the two former enemies, Klaus Dodds explores what led to the thawing of the political ice between US and Cuba
International Fund achieves initial pledge goal following late contributions by Australian and Belgian governments
Australia has been named the worst of the world’s industrial countries when comparing performance of tackling climate change, and has only been kept off the bottom of the rankings by Saudi Arabia
It has been thirteen years since US and allied intervention in Afghanistan began. Geographical takes a look at what has changed, and what has stayed the same
A dispute over oil reserves in Somaliland may soon destabilise the region
Transparency International releases a global survey of corruption
It’s easy to forget Finland won independence from Russia in 1917 – and defended that independence during World War II. But as the old imperial power grows more aggressive, Geographical finds little foundation to speculation that Finland will join NATO

Return of the Silk Road

It’s now officially called the Silk Road Economic Belt, but the scale of Chinese plans to connect cities from Asia to Europe rekindles memories of historic trade route

Symbols of protest

One of the most visible symbols of the recent Hong Kong protests was the umbrella

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