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White supremacists clash with police in Charlottesville in 2017. Evan Nesterak/Wikipedia

Debate: A geopolitical reading of fear

Despite moments of hope, worries about the present and fears that the future may be even worse have been rising for decades. What can geopolitics teach us about the global impact of fear?
Open scholarship and the use of corporate software services such as Zoom are not always compatible. Anna Shvets/Pexels

Debate: Is open scholarship even possible with Zoom?

For science to be open, one can reasonably think that it would have to use open software. However, being completely open is not that easy.
The first debate of the U.S. presidential election was a disturbing but unsurprising display of white privileged masculinity. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump-Biden debate: A locker room brawl in the midst of COVID-19 crisis

Bullying tactics are increasingly under scrutiny, yet the display we saw during the first U.S. presidential debate is proof that some men still think those old rules are still at play.
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden at the first debate of the presidential campaign. AP/Julio Cortez and AP/Patrick Semansky

Trump and Biden clash in chaotic debate – experts react on the court, race and election integrity

They shouted, they interrupted, they insulted – and not entirely in equal measure. But Biden and Trump also touched on the issues occasionally. Our panel of experts analyzed three key exchanges.
Israeli flags fly in the middle of a date plantation in the Israeli settlement of Shlomtzion in the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank on 27 January 2020. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Debate: in the West Bank, the palm trees of discord

The Jordan Valley, which US president Donald Trump has proposed integrating into Israel, has been transformed by the introduction of date palms, emptying it of its Palestinian inhabitants.
Host Jack Barry, middle, is flanked by contestants on ‘21,’ a 1950s TV game show. Orlando Fernandez/New York World-Telegram and Sun/Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons

Think presidential debates are dull? Thank 1950s TV game shows

The only satisfactory debate arrangement everyone agreed to nearly 60 years ago largely remains in place today – the game show format.
Winning the support of workers may be key to Democrats winning the 2020 election. Reuters/Lucas Jackson

How Democrats can win back workers in 2020

Hillary Clinton arguably lost in 2020 because she took workers for granted. Will Democrats make the same mistake again?
Perot become a household name after making an independent run for president in 1992. AP Photo/Doug Mills

The ‘giant sucking sound’ of NAFTA: Ross Perot was ridiculed as alarmist in 1992 but his warning turned out to be prescient

As the US prepares to replace NAFTA, a labor scholar who was critical of Perot but shared concerns about the deal revisits the claim that helped him become the most successful third-party candidate since Teddy Roosevelt.
Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten were plenty snarky with one another during the debate, but otherwise stuck mainly to their scripts. Nic Ellis/AAP

Morrison and Shorten take aim at one another in leaders’ debate: experts respond

The Conversation’s experts analyse the first Morrison-Shorten debate, with a focus on the key policy issues and the leaders' performances.

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