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A woman leaves a polling station after casting her vote during the 2013 Kenyan elections. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Election season offers a reminder that Kenya remains deeply sexist

Kenya's progressive 2010 Constitution brought improved women's representation in Parliament and public life. But historical prejudices remain, always more intensely apparent during elections.
War, Ford, fascism, Reaganomics, the pink tide, the EU, debt crises, rights-based activism, a fierce backlash… none of this is new. Wikimedia

The road to the great regression

We may think of current reactionary politics as radical and new, but unchecked mercantilism has always elicited a fierce backlash from both left and right. Here's what history tells us about today.
UN member states are holding consultations as part of the development of a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Global compact on migration should focus on harnessing its win-win benefits

In a changing and unsettled world, migration can be a greater-than-ever contributor to development for communities of origin, destination areas, and for the migrants themselves.
Venezuela is among the countries in which popular resistance to repressive politics is on the rise. Marco Bello/Reuters

Why we need an international freedom movement

There are groundswells of civic engagement in a handful of countries, but ensuring the survival of fundamental freedoms in these dangerous times will require a resistance that knows no borders.
Protestors hold banners saying ‘No to the stigmatisation of civilians’ at a meeting of the Hungarian parliament’s justice committee, prior to the bill’s approval. Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

Hungary cracks down on foreign funding, dealing a harsh blow to NGOs — and to European democracy

FROM OUR ARCHIVES (UPDATED) Hungary has passed a law monitoring the finances of foreign-funded NGOs, another blow to civil society in Viktor Orban's increasingly "illiberal democracy".
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Emmanuel Macron has a difficult task ahead say international experts

The Conversation Global asked scholars from around the world what they thought of Emmanuel Macron's victory, and what means for their country.
Tunisians demonstrate against the return of jihadists fighting for extremist groups abroad Reuters/Zoubeir Souissi

Integrating radical fighters who return home isn’t easy, but can be done

Trying to reintegrate foreign fighters who return home shouldn't be considered the soft option. Governments in countries like Morocco and Tunisia need to respond realistically to a complex problem.
As a French specificity, blank vote is counted but not recognised, despite a steady increase of its usage in many elections in the country. Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Could blank and invalid votes change the result of the French election?

Never before in French presidential elections have commentators and pundits expressed alarming concern about the size of the blank voting.

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