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An Indiana Senate committee hearing on a GOP proposal to ban nearly all abortions in the state, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, July 26, 2022. AP Photo/Michael Conroy

4 reasons why abortion laws often clash with the majority’s preferences in the US, from constitutional design to low voter turnout

Why do government policies sometimes fail to reflect the public will? The answer begins with the design of the US government system, forged in the 18th century.
The Savannah Medical Clinic, which provided abortions for four decades in Savannah, Ga., is closed now. AP Photo/Russ Bynum

Kansas vote for abortion rights highlights disconnect between majority opinion on abortion laws and restrictive state laws being passed after Supreme Court decision

Justice Samuel Alito said that abortion policy crafted by elected representatives in the states would be more responsive to what constituents want than federal protection of the right. He was wrong.
L’objectif d’« atterrissage en douceur » de l’économie semble aujourd’hui hors de portée pour la banque centrale américaine, présidée par Jerome Powell. Jim Watson/AFP

États-Unis : l’histoire montre que la hausse des taux de la Fed ne suffira pas à éviter une récession

Le relèvement d’un demi-point acté lors de la dernière réunion de la Réserve fédérale américaine intervient peut-être trop tard pour prévenir un ralentissement économique.
Flags of India and African countries at the 2015 India Africa Friendship Summit in New Delhi. Photo by Priyanka Parashar/Mint via Getty Images

Africa’s relationship with India: a diplomat’s view

A new book places the responsibility of African growth on its leaders, people, and civil society, while also recognising the role partners like India can play in achieving its goals.
Damaged radar arrays and other equipment is seen at a Ukrainian military facility outside Mariupol, Ukraine, Feb. 24, 2022. AP Photo/Sergei Grits

Russia invades Ukraine – 5 essential reads from experts

As war begins between Ukraine and Russia, a range of stories provides context to help readers understand the conflict.
A Ukrainian soldier uses a periscope to view the positions of Russian-led forces on Dec. 12, 2021, in Zolote, Ukraine. Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Ukraine got a signed commitment in 1994 to ensure its security – but can the US and allies stop Putin’s aggression now?

As Russia threatens to invade Ukraine, Ukrainians wonder about the worth of a 1994 agreement signed by Russia, the US and the UK, who promised to protect the newly independent state’s sovereignty.
In February 2021, a World Health Organization team investigating the origins of COVID-19 visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China. Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

Why gain-of-function research matters

The research community is taking a closer look at the lab-leak hypothesis for the origin of COVID-19, prompting discussion about the risks and benefits of engineering viruses.
As vice president, Joe Biden – seen here on left, in 2016 – had a working relationship with the Republican Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. Is that possible now? Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Foreign policy is Biden’s best bet for bipartisan action, experts say – but GOP is unlikely to join him on climate change

A survey of 800 foreign policy experts identified four international issues where Republicans and Democrats may actually cooperate to get something done – and one area of severe disagreement.
Il existe une longue histoire de liens entre les mouvements nationalistes blancs et l'armée américaine. Bo Zaunders/Corbis Documentary via Getty Images

L’armée américaine : vivier du suprémacisme blanc ?

Si la plupart des Américains sous-estiment la place qu’occupe le suprémacisme blanc dans l’armée, ils s’en inquiètent quand on leur en apporte la preuve.

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