House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, left, meets with President Joe Biden to discuss the debt limit in the White House on May 22, 2023.
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Brinkmanship means coming to the edge of potential default on the US debt ceiling. Are lawmakers negotiating the debt limit representing the wishes and interests of their voters?
Stan Grant’s new book, The Queen is Dead, is revealing in terms of his decision to step down from public life. ‘I have been reminded what it is to come from the other side of history,’ he writes.
Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan celebrate.
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Turkish voters will be heading back to the polls on May 28 after no candidates managed to gain more than half the votes. But incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was boosted by a stronger-than-expected showing.
Under a portrait of Theodor Herzl, David Ben-Gurion on May 14, 1948, declares the establishment of a Jewish state to be known as the state of Israel.
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Israel may no longer be a fledgling state – but it has yet to overcome the basic contradiction that has defined it from the very beginning.
Democracy cannot survive without free media.
Finding the right balance between media freedom and limits remains one of the greatest challenges modern democracies face.
Dividing land borders in Ghana is a contentious issue.
Ghana’s regions have no autonomy, yet creating new ones is contentious as it threatens the interests of chiefs and political parties.
Enrique Tarrio, center, stands with other Proud Boys at a 2019 rally in Portland, Oregon.
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Who are the Proud Boys, what do they want and is there a path back into society for these extremists?
Demonstrators who support banning books gather during a protest outside of the Henry Ford Centennial Library in Dearborn, Mich., on Sept. 25, 2022.
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Free speech is under attack from both sides of the political spectrum.
Why addressing inequality in ‘left-behind’ places requires more than ‘levelling up’.
29 years of democracy has left its mark.
Rather battered and frayed South African flag billowing in the wind against a cloud-strewn sky.
A threshold has been crossed, with a pessimistic outlook becoming more dominant than an optimistic one.
Sudanese in Khartoum protest the 2021 military coup that blocked a transition to civilian rule.
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Omar al-Bashir fell in 2019, but his military successors have preserved much of the authoritarian infrastructure of his regime.
French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes President of Chad’s Transitional Military Council Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, in Paris, in 2021.
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Expulsion of the German ambassador could be a way of warning other embassies, especially France, to steer clear of Chadian politics and support for the opposition.
There’s a more sophisticated way to understand how Americans divide themselves politically.
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We often talk about the American political landscape as if it were a line – Democrats on the left, Republicans on the right. Two political scientists say that view doesn’t reflect reality.
A health-care worker appears to give the middle finger as Alberta Premier Danielle Smith announces a public health guarantee in Sherwood Park, Alta.
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The 2023 Alberta election is about far more than left versus right. The UCP’s record in office means the votes of Albertans on May 29 are about choosing province over party.
Journalists take cover during March 2023 protests in Kenya.
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There is a growing public wariness about the performance of the media, which are increasingly accused of being partisan.
The United States and Israel are close allies, but their alliance has had ups and downs over the years.
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President Joe Biden recently spoke out in support of the ongoing protests in Israel, raising some observers’ eyebrows about the ties between Israel and the US.
Devon Sanders, a statehouse reporter and student at the Lousiana State University Manship School of Mass Communication, interviewed State Rep. Katrina Jackson in 2018.
Where regular reporters have disappeared, university-led statehouse reporting programs have stepped in.
Zambia president Hakainde Hichilema and US vice-president Kamala Harris in Lusaka.
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President Hichilema’s self-styled ‘chief marketing officer’ approach has unlocked new investments from a diverse mix of partners.
It was big news when a grand jury voted to indict former President Donald Trump.
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For the first time, a former US president has been indicted, and two scholars describe what it means for democracy – and for them.
An armed soldier at a polling station during the counting of votes in March 2018 in Freetown.
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Though public opinion surveys offer some hope, there are several concerns for democracy’s consolidation in West Africa.