A real problem for the Democratic Alliance is that it cannot hope to displace the dominant African National Congress.
The problem for the Democratic Alliance is not one of policy. There is real substance in its commitment to substituting racial criteria for overcoming historical disadvantage.
The Democratic Alliance wants an end to race-based affirmative action policies.
Each black person and woman may be an individual but, because they are black and women, they face obstacles which whites and men don’t.
U.S. President Donald Trump takes questions from reporters during a Coronavirus Task Force press briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on March 30, 2020.
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Though political elites complain about what the media covers, and how they cover it, research shows that ideological bias among media outlets is largely nonexistent.
Elementary school student Adrian Zak works with his teacher online in Vienna, Austria, March 25, 2020. The Austrian government has restricted freedom of movement for people in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
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These are difficult and dire times, but holding on to the myth of childhood innocence won't make this crisis any easier.
Former leader of the Democratic Alliance, Mmusi Maimane. The politics of race in the party ended his tenure.
There is no moral equivalence between apartheid’s use of race categories and their continued use by the democratic government.
South Africa’s new sex education curriculum is seen by some as infringing on the rights of parents.
Objections raised about the school syllabus by parents, schools and civil society point to a bigger problem with the state.
The white liberal establishment, both inside and outside the Democratic Alliance, holds on to its race-blindness by distorting the South African idea of “non-racialism”.
Helen Zille’s return to the top echelons of the Democratic Alliance has been slammed as an attempt to make the party white again.
The Democratic Alliance’s problems can be traced back to the politicisation of race, which has persisted even after the dawn of democracy in 1994.
Mmusi Maimane, former leader of South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance.
Mmusi Maimane's resignation highlights one of the core problems of democratic South Africa - the assumption that the only way to do anything is the way white men did it in the past.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa (L) is congratulated by Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane after being elected president.
South Africa's parliamentary system would make it difficult to achieve a fusion of parties.
Supporters of the Democratic Alliance in South Africa gather earlier this year to listen to the party’s leaders.
Race is the fault line. Prominent black DA figures label attempts to remove leader Mmusi Maimane as an attempt by whites to force black members into a subordinate position.
Mmusi Maimane, leader of South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance.
Because it's a blend of political influences the transition it is facing has, inevitably, had an existential effect on the Democratic Alliance.
Hitler and Mussolini – dismantling democracy.
Parliaments were and remain institutions of frustrating negotiation and very often unpalatable compromise. They also represent an imperfect but significant check on the abuse of power.
South Africans who receive welfare grants vote for the governing African National Congress more than any other party.
The survey findings show that people who had taken part in protests over the last five years were more likely to vote for opposition parties.
President Trump recently pressed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to block the entry of two congresswomen to Israel.
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President Trump has said American Jews loyal to Israel should support the Republican Party. A scholar explains the historical tensions embedded in the anti-Semitic trope.
It’s a mess, but is it all bad?
New technologies and services aren't creating irreversible damage, even though they do generate some harms. Preemptive bans would stifle innovation and block potential solutions to real problems.
The U.K.‘s Tony Blair, left, campaigned on 'modernizing’ the welfare system. Bill Clinton, right, campaigned on reducing welfare in the U.S.
Democratic presidential candidates share many ideas and opinions. What they don't share, writes one historian, is the label 'liberal.'
U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to the White House on May 13, 2019. Strongmen like Orbán are increasingly gaining ground as the death knell sounds for liberal democracy.
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Liberal democracy is in trouble, and the seeds of its demise can be found in the property rights so cherished by so-called liberals generations ago.
Mary Ellen Smith is seen in this undated photo.
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In 1921 and now in 2019, the respective resignations of Mary Ellen Smith from B.C. cabinet and Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from federal cabinet have exposed the limits of Canadian liberalism.
Between 1963 and 1969 Robert Sobukwe spent six years of near-complete solitary confinement on Robben Island.
A collection of prison letters provides a peek into the suffering of South African liberation hero, Robert Sobukwe.