Tag: Constitutions

Abiy Ahmed Won the Nobel Peace Prize. Now He Needs to Earn It.

Some honors come too late; others too early. Others still risk scuttling the efforts they are rewarding. Last week Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for, the Nobel committee said, “his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea” and starting “important reforms that give many citizens […]

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Hong Kong’s Mask Ban Reveals Carrie Lam’s True Face

ImageProtesters defied a new emergency law banning masks at public gatherings in Hong Kong on Saturday.CreditFazry Ismail/EPA, via Shutterstock HONG KONG — This city has long prided herself on respecting the rule of law — the ultimate guarantee of Hong Kongers’ freedoms, human rights and way of life. It is one of the attributes that […]

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U.S. Judge Temporarily Blocks Georgia Abortion Law

A federal judge in Georgia on Tuesday temporarily blocked a state law that would effectively ban abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy, the latest ruling to halt efforts by conservatives to severely restrict access to abortion across the country. The Georgia law, signed by Gov. Brian Kemp in May, would have gone into […]

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Nancy Pelosi’s Statement on Impeachment: ‘The President Must Be Held Accountable’

Here is a transcript of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s remarks on Tuesday announcing the impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Good afternoon. Last Tuesday, we observed the anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution on Sept. 17. Sadly, on that day, the intelligence community inspector general formally notified the Congress that the administration was forbidding him from […]

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Are Biden and Sanders Too Old to Be President?

ImageCreditIllustration by Nicholas Konrad; Photographs by Ruth Fremson, Erin Schaff/The New York Times, Tamir Kalifa, Travis Dove, for The New York Times This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it Tuesdays and Thursdays. Life has seven stages, Shakespeare wrote, ending in oblivion, but he might have forgotten […]

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The Indigenous Man Who Declared His Own Country

MILLN REEF, Australia — Murrumu of Walubara and his son, Thoyo of Walubara, paddled in the clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef, among corals of electric purple and burnt orange, trumpetfish, sea cucumbers and giant clams. They were 35 miles off the coast of Australia — or, as Mr. Walubara says, what most people […]

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Britain’s Unwritten Constitution Suddenly Looks Fragile

LONDON — Britain has never had a proper, written constitution, a matter of some pride to Britons. While Americans haggle over their rules, British politics runs on an evolving array of laws and practices, refereed by the so-called good chaps in government, with their impeccable sense of fair play. But popular faith in that approach […]

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Imran Khan: The World Can’t Ignore Kashmir. We Are All in Danger.

ISLAMABAD — After I was elected prime minister of Pakistan last August, one of my foremost priorities was to work for lasting and just peace in South Asia. India and Pakistan, despite our difficult history, confront similar challenges of poverty, unemployment and climate change, especially the threat of melting glaciers and scarcity of water for […]

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Did Boris Johnson Just Break Parliament?

LONDON — To understand what happened in British politics on Wednesday, it’s perhaps useful to turn to the workings of a popular game show, “Mornington Crescent,” that has been on the radio here for several decades now. “Mornington Crescent” is, on the face of it, a complex strategy game. In it, players take turns announcing […]

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The Silence Is the Loudest Sound

NEW DELHI — As India celebrates her 73rd year of independence from British rule, ragged children thread their way through traffic in Delhi, selling outsized national flags and souvenirs that say, “Mera Bharat Mahan.” My India is Great. Quite honestly, it’s hard to feel that way right now, because it looks very much as though […]

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Modi’s Majoritarian March to Kashmir

Kashmir, over which India and Pakistan have fought four wars since the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947, has been the battleground for competing, conflicting ideologies. For Pakistan, the Muslim majority Jammu and Kashmir was a critical missing piece in its positioning of itself as the South Asian Muslim homeland. For India, the state […]

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Puerto Rico Supreme Court Ousts New Governor and Another Is Sworn In

The Puerto Rico Supreme Court threw the leadership of the island into new turmoil on Wednesday, ruling that the governor who took over last week, Pedro R. Pierluisi, was sworn in on unconstitutional grounds. The unanimous ruling ousted Mr. Pierluisi and paved the way for Wanda Vázquez, the secretary of justice, to take the oath […]

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Puerto Rico Supreme Court Rules New Governor Was Unlawfully Sworn In

The Puerto Rico Supreme Court threw the leadership of the island into new turmoil on Wednesday, ruling that the new governor who took over last week, Pedro R. Pierluisi, was sworn in on unconstitutional grounds. The ruling renders moot Mr. Pierluisi’s oath of office, paving the way for Wanda Vázquez, the secretary of justice, to […]

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India Annexes Kashmir and Brings Us Back to Partition

LAHORE, Pakistan — Pakistani kids are taught in and out of school that Kashmir is our “shah rug” (jugular vein). Indians believe that Kashmir is their “atoot ang” (indispensable body part). Urdu and Persian poetry is full of paeans to the beauty of Kashmir. If there is paradise on earth, “it is this, it is […]

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The El Paso Shooting Revived the Free Speech Debate. Europe Has Limits.

The massacre of 22 people in El Paso, an attack announced in a hate-filled manifesto about an immigrant “invasion,” has revived debate about the limits of free speech, protected by the First Amendment in the United States. But in Europe, where history has proved that domestic threats can be as devastating to democracy as those […]

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India Faces Criticism Over Its Move to Revoke Kashmiri Autonomy

NEW DELHI — India-administered Kashmir remained in lockdown Tuesday and India faced mounting criticism, a day after New Delhi stripped the disputed territory of its autonomy. The prime minister of Pakistan, which claims part of Kashmir and has fought two wars with India over it, lashed out at his counterpart, Narendra Modi, accusing him of […]

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Why South Africa Can’t Avoid Land Reforms

In 1996, while I was teaching at the University of Cape Town, I was invited by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to be an in-house critic at a town hall it had organized. A member of the largely black African audience told this story: “Tom and John were neighbors. One day Tom stole John’s bicycle. […]

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Can the People of Hong Kong Fend Off China?

If Hong Kong’s undoing comes much earlier than 2047, the year that the city’s special arrangement with mainland China formally ends, it may be because of a love story that ended in murder. On Sunday, several hundred thousand — possibly upward of one million — Hong Kong people marched to protest their government’s attempt to […]

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