European Union flags at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Sept. 11, 2019.
Political chaos is growing in the UK as the government tries to manage the country's exit from the European Union. What does the EU do that so angered UK voters that they voted to leave?
Are southern-born politicians talking about a state they essentially don’t understand?
Queensland still mystifies too many politicians but its needs are surprisingly simple.
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Two Queensland-based experts discuss what so many politicians and pundits get wrong about the Sunshine State – and what its citizens are crying out for.
Steller sea lions in the eastern Pacific are an Endangered Species Act success story.
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The Trump administration is changing implementation of the Endangered Species Act in ways that conservationists say would reduce protection for some of America's most threatened wildlife.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s notion of “medemer” could have united Ethiopians, but seems to have failed.
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Politicians, activists and media outlets continue to deconstruct old narratives and perpetuate new grievances. Nobody, however, is as busy reconstructing a new, inclusive story.
The thread that holds Ethiopia together could be unravelling.
Calls for secession in Ethiopia could destabilise the entire nation.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in China in April. His country has been shaken by a coup attempt in its Amhara region.
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Ethiopia's regional governance system is doing more harm than good.
Many Virginians back the decades-old moratorium.
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The 6-3 ruling challenges some common political assumptions about conservatives and liberals.
The Supreme Court is likely to rule on the case by June.
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Distrusting large federal bureaucracies isn't reserved for conservatives anymore.
Female sage grouse at the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, Wyoming.
The Interior Department is expanding oil and gas leasing on land in six western states that is vital habitat for the greater sage grouse. Lawsuits are certain to follow.
While the Kremlin rages at supposed crackdowns on Russian speakers abroad, it's rolling out a programme of linguistic homogenisation at home.
Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians has stalled. It’s time to take a new approach.
A federal system could deliver on three of the four key elements of the Uluru Statement. Plus, all the elements already exist or are in the works in Australia.
The son of a cognac maker, Jean Monnet became a champion of a unified Europe after finding inspiration for a harmonious federalist model in Canada.
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In the early 1900s, young Frenchman Jean Monnet travelled Canada and was inspired by its unique form of federalism. It helped fuel his interest in a unified Europe and a transatlantic community.
Khan won over Pakistanis with promises to boost the economy and create jobs. He may have also enjoyed some behind-the-scenes help in the election from Pakistan’s armed forces.
A constitutional change in Pakistan moved power and money from the federal government to the provinces. So newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan takes office as the weakest leader in decades.
Treasurer Scott Morrison has revealed changes to how GST revenue will be allocated to states.
The unknown loser is who pays for the additional Commonwealth funding.
Male sage grouse at the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, Wyoming.
The Trump administration is reopening a plan negotiated under President Obama to protect Western sage grouse. This could signal to states not to bother working together to protect other endangered species.
Matteo Salvini: the League has left its roots.
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The history of north Italian regionalism, and why Matteo Salvini's League represents the end of a long era.
Rush hour on the Hollywood Freeway, Los Angeles, September 9, 2016.
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Air pollution could be the next battleground between California and the Trump administration, which is reviewing the Golden State's special legal authority to regulate tailpipe emissions.
Utah prairie dog, Bryce Canyon National Park.
Congress is moving to cut back the Endangered Species Act and give more power to states. But a recent study shows that state laws are weaker and states have few resources to protect species at risk.
Flooding in Port Arthur, Texas during Hurricane Harvey, Aug. 31, 2017. According to the Climate Science Special Report released on Nov. 2, heavy precipitation events are becoming more frequent and intense in most regions of the world.
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On Nov. 2 the White House posted a detailed climate science report without comment. The Trump administration is unlikely to heed it, but it could boost state, local and private sector action.
Questions have been raised over why Adani is in line for public money.
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The proposed loan of Commonwealth money to Adani is on shaky constitutional ground, potentially paving the way for High Court challenge which could change the dynamics of federal-state funding.