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Elle Hardy is an Australian freelance writer with an interest in international affairs, politics, culture, and literature.
'Islam Karimov cannot be dead; only Islam Karimov can declare himself dead'
The Samarkand slavedriver leaves a legacy of fear
In Pictures: celebrating Victory Day in Transnistria
Soviet nostalgia in the breakaway republic
Astana: Kazakhstan's high kitsch capital
Art & Design
The architecture of oil-rich autocracies always strikes the same note
Anzac Day: A myth to cleanse Australia's "convict stain"
What drives Australians' obsession with Gallipoli?
A history of blasphemy: the revolutionary tradition of shouting in church
The psychedelic drug that could explain our belief in life after death
Can Britain avoid a post-Brexit brain drain?
The Incurious Rabbit
"Dirty food" is for the rich and stupid
Is British policy in Syria helping Assad and Putin?