Global, Global Investigates / 03/05/2022 Global Investigates: A royal tour and the setting sun on the remnants of empire in the Caribbean

Following the royal visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the Caribbean, the British monarchy has faced increasing doubts over its future. The tour, which took place between and, was intended to mark the year of Queen Elizabeth II platinum jubilee and raise support for the royal family in a region where republicanism...

Global Investigates / 22/03/2022 Global Investigates: The growth of pride

In July 1969 hundreds of  New York’s LGBTQ+ community clashed with police in a week-long riot in the Greenwich Village area following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a mafia owned bar known to be frequented by LGBTQ+ people. Now known as the Stonewall riot, it marked a watershed moment in the fight for...

Global, Global Investigates / 01/03/2022 Global Investigates: The Global Issue of Period Poverty

Menstruation is a biological cycle in which the lining of a uterus sheds and causes a discharge of blood for anywhere from 2-7 days on average. Periods are different for every menstruator, they can be light, medium, or heavy and can be either very painful or not painful at all. Those who have never experienced...

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Global Investigates: A royal tour and the setting sun on the remnants of empire in the Caribbean

Following the royal visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the Caribbean, the British monarchy has faced increasing doubts over its future. The tour, which took place between and, was intended to mark the year of Queen Elizabeth II platinum jubilee and raise support for the royal family in a region where republicanism…

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Global Investigates: Then and now – what did the world look like 30 years ago?

January 2022 welcomes a new year full of hope for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, ambitious goals to cap global warming, and marks Concrete’s 30th Birthday. First published in 1992, this issue marks our 384th publication. In those 30 years, the world has changed drastically, countries have collapsed and new countries formed, global tensions…

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Global Investigates: An Illyrian inferno: why Albania’s story should be listened to as the world goes up in flames

At 7:27, on the 25 August, in southwest Albania, sunlight was just starting to creep past dusty mountain ridges onto the valley below. The haze began to focus. 18 kilometres south of the coastal city of Vlora, tourist towns, irrigated fields, and olive groves lie cradled between peaks that shoot up from the rolling semi-arid…

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Global Investigates: Nanny state: AI and CCTV

In 2018, a cybersecurity activist successfully hacked into China’s facial-recognition system, unveiling a web of CCTV cameras spanning the country that possessed the ability to recognise an individual instantly by their face. Artificial Intelligence, AI, has been incorporated into almost all aspects of modern life, from facial recognition passwords on smartphones to adverts based on…

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Global Investigates: Latin America’s femicide crisis

The World Health Organization defines femicide as the “intentional murder of women because they are women.” Globally, there remains a significant lack of data in regards to femicide rates, with many governments failing to collate data specifically relating to the murder of women. Instead, gender based murder is counted amongst overall homicide figures, obscuring the…


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