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South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers the 2022 state of nation address to a joint sitting of Parliament. Coalitions could soon be a feature of national government. Jaco Marais/Pool Images/Gallo Images via Getty Images)

A stable national coalition government in South Africa? Possible, but only if elites put country’s interests first

Stable coalitions will depend on strong democratic values being embedded among political elites.
It a democratic duty … so just do it! Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Why there really is no ethical reason not to vote

‘I don’t like the candidates,’ ‘I don’t know enough to make a decision,’ ‘I don’t want to give this election legitimacy’ – an ethicist takes on nonvoters.
Book-banning campaigns often misrepresent how young readers consume and process literature. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Book bans reflect outdated beliefs about how children read

The US is seeing more campaigns to ‘protect’ children by barring controversial books. But research shows children’s reading experiences are complex and unpredictable, explains a literature professor.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during the 2022 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons at the United Nations on Aug. 1, 2022. Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

Why are nuclear weapons so hard to get rid of? Because they’re tied up in nuclear countries’ sense of right and wrong

Policymakers often think of their decisions about nuclear weapons as moral, a nuclear ethicist explains – which is key to understanding their motives.

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