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The LSE blogosphere is a community of LSE staff and external contributors sharing posts on a host of global topics. Here's a selection of the latest posts:

“Lipstick Under My Burkha tells stories that have simmered under the surface for a very long time. They need their space.” – Ratna Pathak Shah
Following the CBFC decision to ban Alankrita Shrivastava’s new film Lipstick Under My Burkha, Ruhi Khan speaks to lead actress Ratna Pathak Shahabout the treatment of her latest work, women’s issues in India and the role of the creative industries in holding a mirror to society.
Reading List: @AfricaAtLSE Blog Celebrates International Women’s Day 2017 #IWD2017 #BeBoldForChange
A list of the most compelling #LSEWomen blog posts covering women in Africa over the last few years. If you missed any of these, here is your opportunity to catch up!
How your sexual orientation affects your salary in the UK
Gay men earn less than straight ones and heterosexual women earn less than lesbians, write Cevat Giray Aksoy, Christopher S. Carpenter and Jefferson Frank
Our lives keep on changing – yet the welfare myth of “them” and “us” persists
Discussions on welfare are dominated by the notion that the population is divided into those who benefit from the welfare state and those who pay into it, despite the evidence painting a rather different picture. John Hills  explains some of the implications of this welfare myth.
Britain’s got bills – but will we pay? Settling our EU budget obligations
Settling our financial obligations to the EU could cost up to €60bn. Iain Begg explains why the figure is so high, looks at whether there is much scope for negotiation and asks what would happen if Britain simply refused to pay.
Why building a wall on the US-Mexico border is a symbolic monument, not sensible immigration policy
Susannah Crockford has spent nearly two years in Arizona conducting an ethnographic study; many in the area feel that constructing the wall is unnecessary. She writes that the real function of the wall is not to keep people out, but to serve as a symbol to mostly white, ageing conservatives, that President Trump will keep them safe.
Will the politics of threat carry over into post-conflict Colombia?
Focusing on the politics of urban security in Bogotá, Austin Zeiderman argues that the relationship between the Colombian state and its citizens is structured around threats soon to be alleviated by the peace process, raising questions about the future shape of the country’s politics.
In defence of polls: A few high profile misses shouldn’t overshadow the many times pollsters called it right
Polling companies were heavily criticised for failing to predict the results of the UK’s EU referendum and Donald Trump’s presidential election victory, but is this criticism fair? Abel Bojar draws on evidence from recent European elections to illustrate that opinion polls have a far better record of success than they’re given credit for.
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