Democratic citizenship blog

In an increasingly divided political landscape, we're helping people exercise their rights to a fairer, safer, more satisfying life.

In the Democratic Citizenship theme blog, our experts discuss topics including our local heritage, international relations, law and government.

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In an increasingly divided political landscape, we're helping people exercise their rights to a fairer, safer, more satisfying life.

In the Democratic Citizenship theme blog, our experts discuss topics including our local heritage, international relations, law and government.

15 posts found

Anointing the nation: how Joe Biden’s Catholic faith permeated his inaugural address

08 February 2021 6 min read

Dr Alexis Artaud De La Ferriere writes for The Conversation on the impact of Joe Biden’s faith in his Inaugural address

Biden 2020 flag

Alt-right claims to march in step with the Knights Templar – this is fake history

05 December 2017 8 min read

Why does Templar imagery garner a similar reaction to Nazi symbols, while another equally significant crusader image doesn't with the wider public?

Alt-right parade with police surrounding sign-holding alt-right activists

Rodrigo Duterte’s first year: a human rights disaster the world prefers to ignore Dr Tom Smith examines the World's reaction to the Filipino President's human rights violations

10 July 2017 Dr Tom Smith 5 min read

Dr Tom Smith, Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Portsmouth, writes for The Conversation about human rights violations and Filipino President Duterte's first year in power

Broken window close-up

Aung San Suu Kyi has no excuse for staying silent on the Rohingya crisis

15 February 2017 4 min read

Long regarded as something approaching a saint, Myanmar's de facto head of state appears to be running out of moral capital.

Aung San Suu Kyi wearing red clothing speaking in front of microphones

Films you should watch to counter American anti-migrant rhetoric

02 February 2017 5 min read

Filmmakers sympathetic to the plight of Mexican and Central American migrants are using their films to counter the fug of misinformation.

Wide shot of the US and Mexico border

Can British universities make the most of May’s new industrial strategy?

25 January 2017 5 min read

Theresa May's plan to boost UK competitiveness risks exposing flaws in the higher education sector.

Graduates taking a selfie wearing their gowns

Panic about IS in the Philippines masks a very real war in the country

03 October 2016 4 min read

A major insurgency is humiliating the Filipino army and sucking in huge ransoms – but all anyone wants to talk about is Islamic State.

Filipinos holding signs and candles during a protest

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