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Mayor of Istanbul Ekrem Imamoglu of the main opposition Republican People’s Party, on June 27, several days after his election. REUTERS/Kemal Aslan

Erdoğan’s control over Turkey is ending – what comes next?

Turkey's authoritarian leader, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was handed a big defeat recently when his party's candidate lost a crucial election contest. Is this the beginning of Erdogan's demise?
The Supreme Court is on summer vacation, but because of John Roberts, they may have to come back. AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Roberts rules: The 2 most important Supreme Court decisions this year were about fair elections and the chief justice

Conflict made its way to the Supreme Court this past session with two cases – one about the census, the other about gerrymandering. A court scholar says the two cases are intimately connected.
Two Australian Federal Police officers walking out of the ABC Ultimo building after conducting a raid. David Gray/AAP

Morrison and Albanese to discuss inquiry into press freedom

Labor is proposing establishing a new parliamentary committee to look into press freedom; one that will deal with whistle blowers and have crossbench representation.
Deepfakes make it harder for us to communicate truths to one another and reach consensus on what is real. Screenshot

People who spread deepfakes think their lies reveal a deeper truth

We know that social media platforms have an incentive to promote whatever gets the most attention, regardless of its authenticity. We're more reluctant to admit that the same is true of people.
It is entirely unprecedented to have a sitting head of government admitting to ongoing genocide. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during ceremonies at the release of the MMIWG report in Gatineau, on June 3. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Genocide is foundational to Canada: What are we going to do about it?

Political scientists concern themselves with ideas of democracy. Now that Canada's PM has accepted the finding of genocide, this changes how and what political scientists need to discuss.
Millions of people in Hong Kong have come out to stop a proposed law that would have allowed China to try accused criminals, including political dissidents, in Chinese courts. Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha

Mass protests protect Hong Kong’s legal autonomy from China – for now

A controversial extradition law has been suspended in Hong Kong after more than a week of mass public resistance. Hong Kong's legal system is one of its few remaining areas of autonomy from China.
The 2019 European Parliament elections were well defended against outside interference. AP Photo/Olivier Matthys

European elections suggest US shouldn’t be complacent in 2020

Though the effects were less this time, voters across the globe should remain vigilant against disinformation campaigns and election system hacking.
U.S. President Donald Trump. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

The 25th Amendment wouldn’t work to dump Trump

Those who want President Trump out of office should forget about the 25th Amendment; it won’t work as they hope or believe. The amendment is a complex law that – by design – is very hard to use.
Australian federal police entering the Australian Broadcast Company headquarters on June 5, 2019. A.B.C. screenshot from videotape

Investigating the investigative reporters: Bad news from Down Under

An American media scholar studying in Australia looks at the protections offered by the two countries for investigative reporting, raising crucial questions about journalism's role in democracy.
An exterior view of the Indonesian Constitusional Court building in Jakarta. Bagus Indahono/EPA

Prabowo challenges Indonesia’s poll result at Constitutional Court but doubts its impartiality. New research confirms the court’s fairness

Providing the first empirical analysis of the court's performance in high-profile cases between 2004 and 2016, our research indicates that its independence from the government remains intact.
The participants in the West Balkans conference pose for the group photo at the chancellery in Berlin on April 29, 2019. Michael Sohn / POOL / AFP

What’s next for the Western Balkans?

What can be the road ahead for Kosovo and Serbia under the EU patronage?
On Wednesday, the AFP raided the ABCs Sydney headquarters in relation to the 2017 “Afghan files” report. AAP/David Gray

Why the raids on Australian media present a clear threat to democracy

This week's raids on journalists and media outlets show not just the risk to those doing work in the public interest, but the potentially chilling effect it will have on more such journalism being brought to light.

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