Editor's note

A Chinese paramilitary build up across the bridge in Shenzhen has raised alarm bells around the world. What is Beijing going to do now? Security researcher Adam Ni at Macquarie University predicts that things are going to come to a head very soon.

It’s been more than eight years since the NATO-led military intervention in Libya. But the country is no closer to peace, and migrants detained in reception centres near the capital Tripoli are being killed in airstrikes. For Michael Neu and Robin Dunford, the situation in Libya is a strong argument against military humanitarian intervention by the international community.

Gemma Ware

Global Affairs Editor

Top Stories

Beijing has a long-term Hong Kong challenge on its hands, one that in many ways is of its own making. Miguel Candela/EPA

Beijing is moving to stamp out the Hong Kong protests – but it may have already lost the city for good

Adam Ni, Macquarie University

The Chinese government has a multi-pronged approach to quell the protests –building support among business elites, putting pressure on companies and ramping up its misinformation campaigns.

Death in detention: the aftermath of an airstrike on the Tajoura camp in Tripoli in July 2019. EPA

Libya: ongoing atrocities reveal the trouble with international military intervention

Michael Neu, University of Brighton; Robin Dunford, University of Brighton

The NATO-led military intervention in Libya has just fuelled more violence.

Science + Technology

Cannibalism is common in the animal kingdom – here’s why for humans it’s the ultimate taboo

Jared Piazza, Lancaster University; Neil McLatchie, Lancaster University

We could one day adapt to eating the flesh of our own kind - but not until our lives depend on it.

Silicon Valley wants to read your mind – here’s why you should be worried

Garfield Benjamin, Solent University

Facebook and Neuralink are developing interfaces to link our brains to computers, with serious ethical issues.

Politics + Society

Questions remain unanswered in Malta, nearly two years after journalist’s murder

Aldo Zammit Borda, Anglia Ruskin University

Daphne Caruana Galizia was investigating several corruption scandals when she was murdered in 2017. The government continues to avoid serious investigations into the allegations.

The role of Canadian mining in the plight of Central American migrants

Tyler Morgenstern, University of California, Santa Barbara

Canada is playing a role in the life-and-death struggle for migrant justice in the United States -- from our foreign economic policies to the actions of our mining companies and domestic asylum laws.

Arts + Culture

Why do different cultures see such similar meanings in the constellations?

Simon Cropper, University of Melbourne; Charles Kemp, University of Melbourne; Daniel R. Little, University of Melbourne; Duane W. Hamacher, University of Melbourne

Around the world and throughout history, we find remarkably similar constellations defined by disparate cultures, as well as strikingly similar narratives describing the relationships between them.

Festivals can transform cities by making space for overlooked people and cultures

Beth Perry, University of Sheffield; Rike Sitas, University of Cape Town

From Cape Town to Kisumu and Greater Manchester, cities around the world are seeing the benefits of festivals that celebrate traditions and people.