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Many commentators – particularly on the left – are throwing accusations of ‘fascism’ at US President-elect Donald Trump.

In this measured and thoughtful blog Jane Caplan considers whether this is a useful analytical term ..

Trump and Fascism. A View from the Past

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A interesting BBC report on a new (‘Putin-sanctioned’) Russian film extolling the Russian-Kazakh hero/martyrs of Panfilov’s 28 Men. That the story behind the film is largely felt to have been a Communist invention seems neither here nor there.

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Of more importance is the national story of a multi-ethnic Soviet Union steadfast against fascism – with clear echoes of the current Russo-Ukrainian crisis and of Russian/Kazakh relations.

You’ll find the BBC report here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37595972

The movie trailer is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQq_cnX5eUA

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ICYMI: LWLies x NatStudies? Interesting article from Little White Lies exploring the the way in which cinema can provide a way of understanding the construction of collective identities. Read ‘What cinema teach us about nationalism?’ here.

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Current public discussions about how the UK is to leave the European Union have been too simplified, and have failed to come up with any solution that recognises that only England and Wales voted to leave. Brendan O’Leary outlines a way forward that might enable those nations of the UK that want to remain in the EU to do so. Read more.

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OpenCanada.org offers an interesting analysis of the prospects for an independent Kurdistan.

Kurdish Iraqis have long dreamt of a state to call their own. With the support of Canadian troops, they are now gaining ground as the fight against ISIS continues. But what would their independence mean for the region? By Michael Petrou. Read here.

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Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has indicated that a second independence referendum is ‘highly likely’ following Scotland’s overwhelming vote to remain within the European Union. Full report here.

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Neal Ascherson offers fascinating analysis of the UK’s EU referendum in the New York Times here.

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