Tag: Politics and Government

What It Takes to Run an Election for India

Editor’s Note: India’s general elections for the lower house of the Parliament started on April 11 and will conclude on May 23. The political party or the coalition of parties that wins a majority of the 545 seats will form the next government. S.Y. Quraishi, who headed the Election Commission of India between 2010 and […]

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China Retools Vast Global Building Push Criticized as Bloated and Predatory

BEIJING — It took only a week for China’s all-powerful President Xi Jinping to yield. Malaysia had publicly slammed China for vastly overcharging on a showcase rail project, canceling the deal. In a rare admission of Chinese excess, Mr. Xi replied in a major speech last year that his prized global infrastructure program would be […]

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Biden Joins the Really Big Crowd

O.K., see how many Democratic presidential candidates you can name. Five? That’s pathetic. There are kids in grade school who can probably come up with eight. Kids in grade school in New Hampshire who have probably met eight. Joe Biden’s leap into the race will make, by The Times’s count, 20 people officially in the […]

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A Journalist’s Funeral Shows Northern Ireland’s Progress, and Its Regressions

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — It was a scene that showed how far Northern Ireland has come, and how far it still has to go. Inside St. Anne’s in Belfast, a Protestant cathedral, the life of a young woman from a Catholic background was celebrated on Wednesday afternoon by leading politicians not just from across Northern […]

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In Kosovo, a Teenage Girl’s Rape Case Stirs a #MeToo Fury

DRENAS, Kosovo — In February, a local news website in Kosovo published a shocking story: A teenage girl had allegedly been raped and abused for two years, first by a teacher and then by a local police officer, who forced her to have an abortion after she became pregnant. In a Balkan region where gender-based […]

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The Victims of the Sri Lanka Terror Attacks

Families celebrating a holiday and newlyweds toasting their new lives. Professionals and laborers, students and grandparents, Sri Lankans and foreigners. The coordinated attacks on Sri Lankan hotels and churches on Easter Sunday brought to a sudden, brutal end the lives of more than 350 people. Among the dead were a family of five who were […]

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Feature: Meet the Other Resistance: The Republican One

William F. Weld is not likely to become our 46th president. But he was here in New Hampshire, no other Republicans were and that was something. “I think it’s important to at least call out the current incumbent of the White House on his simply amazing behavior, and for the pettiness, his vindictiveness and the […]

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On a Day of Funerals in Sri Lanka, Religious Tension Builds

NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka — The coffins came one by one, some heavy and others unusually light. As bulldozers tore into the fresh earth, clearing an enormous burial ground, barefoot men dripping with sweat scooped shovelfuls of dirt. The sun beat down, and one family stood in the shade. They were here for the burial of […]

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Sri Lanka Bombings Claimed by ISIS, and President Vows Shakeup

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the coordinated suicide bombings on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, as the president of the traumatized nation promised to dismiss senior officials who had failed to act on warnings about the attacks. As Sri Lankans buried the dead from the half-dozen Easter […]

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Do Australians Have a Case of ‘Jacinda Envy’?

PERTH, Australia — It didn’t take long after the Christchurch massacre last month for Australian politics to turn ugly. That very afternoon, Senator Fraser Anning, a member of Parliament, released an official statement in which he claimed “the real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics […]

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On a Day of Mourning in Sri Lanka, Religious Tension Builds

NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka — The coffins came one by one, some heavy and others unusually light. As bulldozers tore into the fresh earth, clearing an enormous burial ground, barefoot men dripping with sweat scooped shovelfuls of dirt. The sun beat down, and one family stood in the shade. They were here for the burial of […]

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The Son Protested the Dictator. The Father Helped Throw Him Out.

ImageProtesters in Khartoum last week listened as activists from Darfur gave speeches against the regime of Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the former president.CreditBryan Denton for The New York Times KHARTOUM, Sudan — As protesters massed at the gates of Sudan’s military headquarters, calling for the ouster of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the country’s Air Force chief […]

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Are Christians Privileged or Persecuted?

The murderous radicals who set off bombs and killed hundreds on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka chose their targets with ideological purpose. Three Catholic churches were bombed, and with them three hotels catering to Western tourists, because often in the jihadist imagination Western Christianity and Western liberal individualism are the conjoined enemies of their longed-for […]

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A Vicious, Untreatable Killer Leaves China Guessing

XIJIAHE, China — The plague’s victims die gruesomely. First, a high fever. The skin goes flushed, purplish. There is a discharge from the eyes and nose. Bloody diarrhea. And within days, death. The survival rate is near zero. By China’s official estimates, the present outbreak of African swine fever, which affects pigs but is harmless […]

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The Emergence of India’s Rahul Gandhi

India has started to vote in the general elections, a seven-phase process involving 900 million voters, whose results will be known on May 23. Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, who is leading the campaign for his governing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, is not dwelling on his record in office or his plans […]

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Ukraine Election: Volodymyr Zelensky, TV Comedian, Trounces President

KIEV, Ukraine — The comedian Volodymyr Zelensky won a landslide victory in Ukraine’s presidential election, according to official results with nearly all of the votes counted, making a comic actor with no experience in government or the military the commander in chief of a country that has been at war with Russian proxies for over […]

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Who’s Running New York City? Good Question.

Before Mayor Bill de Blasio indulges his presidential hopes with another trip to Iowa or Nevada, he has some pressing business closer to home. There are more than a dozen key positions unfilled in New York City government. Agencies throughout the city’s $92 billion bureaucracy are without permanent leadership, or are being led by officials […]

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Ukraine Election: Comedian Trounces Incumbent President, Exit Poll Shows

KIEV, Ukraine — A comedian best known for playing the role of an accidental president on television easily won the real-life election for president in Ukraine on Sunday, an exit poll indicated, putting a political neophyte at the helm of a country at the center of the West’s geopolitical struggle with Moscow. Volodymyr Zelensky, a […]

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For Palestinian Families, ‘No Light at the End of the Tunnel’

NABLUS, West Bank — Dina Teeti, 23, tries to tune out politics. But a few weeks ago, around the time Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said he planned to begin annexing parts of the West Bank, she turned to her father with a heartfelt question: “What will happen to us?” Samar Teeti had always […]

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