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European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France. Photograph courtesy: UNHCR By Marie-Bénédicte Dembour, University of Brighton As the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean continues, the public outcry against deaths at sea has forced the European Union (EU) into response mode. EU officials and member states have promised to do something about the situation. Alongside discussions about resettlement agreements, there are proposals to destroy the boats used by migrant smugglers before they can leave Libya. But this highly controversial use of force would be problematic and counterproductive on a number of levels. One of its many problems is that the destruction

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By Ivan Haigh, University of Southampton and Shari L. Gallop, University of Southampton Coastal floods are a major global hazard. In 2008, Cyclone Nargis generated a five-metre storm surge along the coast of southern Myanmar. This swept seawater 50km inland, killing a staggering 130,000 people. In 2013, Typoon Haiyan swept across the central Philippines, killing 8,000 people and destroying a million homes, with much of the damage due to high sea levels. The past decade witnessed two of the most costly natural disasters in US history: Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Sandy in 2012. Coastal flooding from these two events

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Britain’s labour leader, Ed Miliband (C) is greeted by supporters as he arrives to Labour Party headquarters in London, Britain, 08 May 2015. Miliband had earlier said his party had suffered a ‘difficult and disappointing night’, as the rival Conservatives won a resounding victory that gave it a likely parliamentary majority. EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA By Steven Fielding, University of Nottingham If victors get to define the reasons for their victory, then losers just get told why they’ve lost. Within hours – minutes even – of the announcement of the shock BBC exit poll at 10pm on May 7, Ed Miliband was

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The general election in United Kingdom is now merely days away. Polling numbers for the two largest parties, Labour and the Conservatives, remain stubbornly close meaning that the most likely outcome is a hung parliament, with no-one commanding an overall majority for the 650 seats on offer in the House of Commons. Five years ago the same result ushered in a coalition government between David Cameron’s Conservative Party and Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats. The Conservative-led Coalition took power amid a perilous financial climate and quickly set about establishing a programme of spending cuts that has spared all but a few

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Part I Why I didn’t attend the ‘million march for Kashmir’ By Rabia Latif Khan This year October 26 saw the coming together of many British Kashmiris to London for a demonstration to highlight the forgotten conflict in Kashmir. For many disillusioned Kashmiris it was a welcome step in pushing for greater dialogue on the conflict. However, upon learning that the march had been organised by the former Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir my support for the march dwindled. As a proponent of ‘azadi’ in its literal and absolute sense – meaning no India, no Pakistan and a free Kashmir,

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One month on from Scottish referendum UK citizens are no clearer about what further devolution in the wake of the ‘No’ vote might look like. The No camp won by 10 percentage points (55-45), but the Prime Minister’s play of hitching future devolution in Scotland to the so-called English question, (with the rather unfortunate acronym of EVEL – English votes for English laws) means that there is still no agreement between the three main Westminster parties on the details on offer of further devolution to Scotland. David Cameron’s move earned him a rebuke from the Financial Times, which declared in

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The JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik addressing the press conference in Srinagar. By Muheet ul Islam The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik, today said that the 1994 unilateral ceasefire by JKLF was brokered by the United States of America and United Kingdom. After twelve days of detention during JKLF’s “voluntary arrest movement”, Malik was released on Tuesday from the Srinagar central jail. While addressing a press conference in Ahdoos  hotel, Srinagar, Malik said that the ceasefire of 1994 by armed-JKLF was brokered by United States of America and United Kingdom and named a few members of

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