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Protester one year after Occupy Wall Street. Glenn Halog/Flickr

Survey: Social justice divides Americans

The support for the key values that pervade the discourse about social justice is overall very strong but it may be surprising that democracy and solidarity receive less support among respondents.
A ‘no border wall’ sign is held during a rally to oppose the wall the US government wants to build. AP Photo/Eric Gay

What exactly is the point of the border?

Conflicts about policing the border have erupted in much of the world. How people respond depends on the many distinct visions of what borders are meant to be protecting.
Americans are deeply religious people however our exclusive survey find that many do not want religion to mix with social or political life. Thomas Hawk/Flickr

Survey: the Americans’ critical embrace of religion

The results of our survey reveal that people are rather liberal in moral affairs and have mixed views about religious institutions.
Iraeli Arab Knesset member Jamal Zahalka is removed after protesting the bill’s passage. AP/Olivier Fitoussi

Israel’s new nation-state law restates the obvious

Rather than transform Israel into an undemocratic 'apartheid' state, the new nation-state law is more likely to ensure that Israel can't be transformed into a liberal democracy or binational state.
Historically, the high-water mark for American dissatisfaction with government was the 1970s — the era of Vietnam, Nixon and Watergate. AP Photo/John Duricka

Americans distrusted US democracy long before Trump’s Russia problem

Russian meddling has shaken Americans' faith in democracy. But public discontent after a scandal is hardly new. Trust in government began to erode under Nixon, and it's mostly worsened since then.
Supporters and opponents of marriage equality demonstrating in front of the Supreme Court. Reuters/Joshua Roberts

Are you suddenly interested in the Supreme Court? You’re not alone

Americans have rediscovered the Supreme Court, as they do periodically when it's at the center of controversy. With a president who attacks the legitimacy of courts, will their attention be benign?
Is Donald Trump a pawn of Russia? A mini-blimp floating during anti-Trump protests in London depicts the president as a giant baby – just as he prepares to meet with Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Is Trump Putin’s ‘stooge?’

As Donald Trump prepares to meet with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, here's a detailed explanation of how one goes about subverting democracy via a stooge.
More than 250,000 people took to the streets in a 2016 protest organised by hardline Muslim groups against Jakarta’s Christian mayor. Lauren Farrow/AAP

Is Indonesia retreating from democracy?

Indonesia has long been held up as a model of democratic transition in the Muslim world. This view of the country now needs rethinking.

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