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Donald Trump appointed Jerome Powell as chair of the Federal Reserve. If returned to the White House, he may seek to replace him. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Central banks face threats to their independence − and that isn’t good news for sound economic stewardship (or battling inflation)

Monetary policy can be wielded as a tool to boost an economy around election time, which explains why politicians want to have a say on it.
The Fort Randall hydropower dam in South Dakota flooded thousands of acres of Native American land when it was built in 1952. Harry Weddington, USACE/Wikipedia

Native American voices are finally factoring into energy projects – a hydropower ruling is a victory for environmental justice on tribal lands

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently ruled that it won’t approve energy projects on Native lands without tribal consent. But many more applications are pending.
A Nigerien official explains to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken the jihadist crisis facing Niger and the surrounding region in March 2023. Boureima Hama/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The US is losing access to its bases in Niger − here’s why that’s a big deal

The disintegration of the United States’ relationship with Niger following its military coup in 2023 is giving way to stronger ties between the African country and Russia and China.
President Joe Biden greets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York City in September 2023. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Biden steps up pressure on Israel − using the key levers available against an ally with strong domestic support

Israel has historically made statements and taken actions to placate US anger without always following through. But will Biden’s threat to put conditions on aid force Israel to behave differently?

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