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Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Thought the U.S. Capitol attack couldn’t happen? Think again: The insurrection threat isn’t over

U.S. citizens and lawmakers failed to account for the threat to democracy that resulted in the storming of the Capitol. This reflects a denial of the series of events that led to this moment.
A demonstration of the #Fightfor15 movement, in February 2017, in front of a New York fast-food restaurant. Spencer Platt/AFP

Fact check US: Would a $15 minimum wage really help workers?

Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is a campaign promise by Joe Biden. What do we know about the effectiveness and limitations of this measure?
Unlawful killing: the UN condemned the assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in 2020. EPA-EFE/ Abedin Taherkenareh

Guns, drones and poison: the new age of assassination

States are increasingly using assassination to guard against the twin threats of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at a campaign meeting of Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary last February in New Hampshire. AOC and Bernie Sanders embody the left wing of the Democratic Party. Joe Raedle/AFP

Fact check US: Is it true that ‘In a country other than the US, Joe Biden would not be in the same party as the Democratic left’?

The US electoral system and campaign-funding mechanisms have pushed the Democratic Party toward the center of the political spectrum. But progressive ideas are gaining ground within the party.
A food bank set up at the entrance of a church in the Bronx, New York. This neighborhood is one of the most affected by the pandemic: the mortality rate is the highest in the city and the unemployment rate is officially 21%. Spencer Platt/AFP

Has America become poorer under Donald Trump, as Joe Biden claims?

Stunned by the health crisis, the United States is marked by a sharp rise in inequality. Between the beginning and the end of his mandate, Donald Trump will indeed have seen the country become poorer.
A group of protesters demanding better governance in Nigeria just as the country marked its 60th Independence Day anniversary on October 1, 2020. Photo by Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Nigeria is not a failed state, but it has not delivered democracy for its people

Although it's failed to deliver democracy to citizens, Nigeria is not the collapsed and disintegrated entity which a 2005 US National Intelligence Council analysis predicted it would become by 2020.
Is it a lovely autumn day, or is America burning to the ground? Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Feeling disoriented by the election, pandemic and everything else? It’s called ‘zozobra,’ and Mexican philosophers have some advice

Mexican philosophers have a word for the peculiar anxiety you may be feeling: 'zozobra,' a dizziness that arises from social disintegration.
Attendees at an event for Donald Trump on August 17, 2020. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Fact check US: Is the US economy recovering, as Donald Trump claims?

Six months into the Covid-19 crisis, the president is boasting that the US economy is back on its feet. While the figures show that some job losses have been cut, there is little room for optimism.
Fishermen on the shore by decommissioned oil rigs in Port Aransas, Texas (March 11, 2019). Loren Elliott/AFP

Fact check US: Would Joe Biden’s energy plan cause the loss of 10.3 million jobs in the oil and gas industry?

Republicans claim that Biden’s clean-energy program would mean massive job losses in the oil-and-gas sector. The figures cited are not supported by the facts.
Housing developments in northeastern Colorado Springs, Colorado., are typical of the car-oriented suburbs developed in the United States after World War II. David Shankbone/Wikipedia

Fact check US: Would the Democrats ‘ruin the suburbs’ as Donald Trump claims?

Donald Trump has accused the Democrats of wanting to "abolish" and "destroy" the suburbs through a regulation aimed at diversifying housing, a claim unsupported by the facts.
Pope Francis, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, waves to the crowd after addressing Congress on September 24, 2015. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

The underappreciated yet critical Catholic vote in the 2020 US presidential election

In the 2016 election, Donald Trump won 60% of the American Catholic vote. This year, it will be difficult for him to obtain a similar score, and that could have immense consequences.
Senator Joe Biden at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., announcing a new crime bill in 2007. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Fact check US: Is Joe Biden really ‘lax on security’?

Donald Trump claims to the the law-and-order candidate and accuses his rival of being "lax on security". Joe Biden's legislative record proves such accusations to be false.
Demonstrators in Zimbabwe chant slogans and wave flags during a rally to denounce EU and US sanctions against the country on October 25, 2019. Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Under what conditions are international sanctions effective?

Countries or international organizations regularly enact sanctions against individual states. But how can the effectiveness of these measures be evaluated?

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