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    Iraq falls apart

    Centrifugal forces are irresistible and the West should accept the fact

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    Gareth Stansfield is Professor of Middle East Politics at the University of Exeter

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    第一次世界大战:被遗忘的中国军团

    将近14万多人运到一次大战西线战场来帮助协约国作战。这些劳工在中国发展的历史上 留下了永久的印记。观看海伦·菲茨威廉制作的关于这个内容的短片, 请点击这里

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    China on the Western Front

    Almost 140,000 Chinese were shipped to the Western Front to help the allied war effort. These workers had a lasting impact on China's development. Watch the showing of Helen Fitzwilliam's film on the subject below

    China sent 140,000 labourers to France and Belgium to help the Allied war effort during the First World War.  Under French and British command, they dug trenches, carried ammunition, worked in docks, railway yards and arms factories. More than 2,000 died. Of those that survived, some were newly educated and politicized, and returned to China to add to the revolutionary ferment which led in time to the triumph of the Communist Party.

    After years of neglect in China and Europe, their part in the war is now attracting a flurry of academic attention.

    Following the screening of a short documentary, China on the Western Front, directed by filmmaker Helen Fitzwilliam in collaboration with The World Today, the panel will discuss the wartime role of the Chinese Labour Corps and assess their legacy in China’s modern history. They will discuss why this has sparked particular interest in both China and France and what this means for their relationship today.

    - See more at: http://www.chathamhouse.org/event/china-western-front#sthash.BFPEtPZ4.dpuf
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    Helen Fitzwilliam, documentary filmmaker.

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    Putin's profanity ban: washing Russia’s mouth out

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    Natasha Randall is translator of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Notes from Underground and Evgeny Zamyatin’s We

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    Review: rediscovering literary treasures of the Amazon

    Few in the West know of Brazil’s literature. It’s our loss

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    Liz Calder is co-founder and President of FLIP (Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty) and a director of FlipSide, a literary festival with a Brazilian twist at Snape Maltings, Suffolk

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    Review: how football has helped shape Brazil

    Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life, Alex Bellos, Bloomsbury
    The Country of Football: Politics, Popular Culture, and the Beautiful Game in Brazil, edited by Paulo Fontes and Bernardo Buarque de Hollanda,  C Hurst & Co.

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    Fernando Duarte is a UK-based Brazilian journalist and author of Shocking Brazil: Six Games that Shook the World Cup (Birlinn)

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    Afghanistan: Kabul prepares to go it alone

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    Lynne O'Donnell

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    5 Things: Eleanor Marx

    The youngest daughter of Karl Marx, a socialist activist and literary translator, she had a full but short life.

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    Chatham House Quotes

    UKIP: the Radical Right and the European Parliament Elections, March 31

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    Character building: Chineasy peasy

    The Chinese language has long been considered the most difficult to learn, largely on account of the vast number and complexity of its characters. Writer Shaolan Hsueh and illustrator Noma Bar have got together to write Chineasy (Thames and Hudson). Below are the symbols for ‘tree’ (far left), ‘woods’ and ‘forest’ (left to right, top row), and then (left to right) the symbols for ‘origin’ and ‘to come’, which together mean ‘originally’.

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