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Shashi Tharoor May 1, 2019
India’s election concludes May 19 and social media could sway voters. With voters increasingly reading and sharing news on social media sties, candidates take no chance and participate. “While perhaps a bit more than a third of India’s population, and perhaps above 40% of its voters, use social media, there are no reliable studies of how frequently they use it for political news and views,”...
Filipa Ioannou May 1, 2019
Senator Kamala Harris grilled William Barr, US attorney general, during the Senate Judiciary Committee about the Mueller report. Barr could not decisively answer yes or no if anyone at the White House had suggested he open an investigation into anyone. He admitted having discussions with White House staff about “matters out there” and used a series of negatives, suggesting those at the White...
Konstantin Ash and Miroslav Shapovalov May 1, 2019
Comedian and actor Volodymyr Zelensky won Ukraine’s presidential election in a landslide, with some crediting his role as a fictional president in the television show “Servant of the People.” Zelensky's pattern of support upended a divide in place over the past 20 years. “Analysts often depict Ukraine’s politics as a constant struggle between a pro-European West and pro-Russian East,”...
Megan Specia April 30, 2019
Maduro has presided over Venezuela's corrupt and mismanaged government since 2013, with violence, hunger and hyperinflation. Maduro refuses to engage in peaceful transfer of power. Venezuela, with ample oil supplies, should be among the world’s wealthiest nations. Yet 30 million citizens must contend with unreliable food, electricity, medicine and other basic supplies. Maduro curtailed power...
Carlos E. Cué April 29, 2019
The Socialist Party and Pedro Sánchez won more seats than expected and an absolute majority in the Senate, in Spain’s election. “Sánchez has even come close to winning a large enough majority to be reinstated without help from Catalan separatist parties,” reports Carlos E. Cué for El País. “Instead, he fell one seat short of the absolute majority (176 seats) that would result from an alliance of...
Manfred Elfstrom April 29, 2019
Western democracies struggle to deal with a rising China amid new policies on trade, security and cultural outreach. Manfred Elfstrom reviews trends including concentration of political power with increased oversight and demands for absolute loyalty; reduced emphasis and delays on domestic reforms, including work conditions or the social safety net; and attempts to contain grassroots efforts to...
Massinissa Benlakehal and Sudarsan Raghavan April 26, 2019
In the weeks since Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s resignation, the country continues to witness widespread upheaval in pursuit of democracy. Algerians expect more than a change in top leadership. “Protesters are more emboldened in seeking a dismissal of the remaining vestiges of the political order that has governed the country since it won independence from France in 1962 – and that...