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Marita Anastasi is currently studying International Relations at American University Washington DC. She has volunteered for numerous NGO’s in Cyprus including the Cyprus Friendship Program and the Cyprus Community Media Center. As someone who comes from a displaced family, who was born and raised in the last divided city, who has some of her best best friends being identified as ‘the...

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QUINTIN OLIVER'S Ten Commandments of Referendums * 1. Referendums are not elections - there are no candidates and no posts to win, and although parties are involved, they and the voters are addressing an issue; campaigners must ‘unlearn’ their election campaigning instincts. First mover advantage often goes to those who successfully ‘frame’ the terms of debate. Think Brexi...

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I was in Nantes, northwest France on the 26th of September 2016, for the first day of “” conference. Over 2500 participants, and already a demonstration, political preparations and agendas being formed.   The opening remarks were sober, to say the least. There was of course ...