Tag: Politics and Government

In Japan, It’s a Riveting TV Plot: Can a Worker Go Home on Time?

TOKYO — Last month, as Americans tuned in to the final episode of “Game of Thrones,” Japan was indulging in its own television fantasy world. In this one, a woman dares to leave work at 6 p.m. sharp. The determination of Yui Higashiyama, a 30-something project manager who wants nothing more than to get out […]

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A Muslim Family Sought Help at the Belgian Embassy in Beijing. The Police Dragged Them Out.

The last time Abdulhamid Tursun spoke to his wife, she was huddled in a Beijing hotel room with their four children, frightened after being evicted from the Belgian Embassy in the dead of night. Suddenly, plainclothes police officers burst into the room, cutting off the couple’s video call. Mr. Tursun says he has not heard […]

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Global Economic Growth Is Already Slowing. The U.S. Trade War Is Making It Worse.

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s trade war is chilling business investment, confidence and trade flows across the world, a development that foreign leaders and business executives say is worsening a global economic slowdown that was already underway. Recent softening in Europe, Australia and other parts of the world coincides with Mr. Trump’s intensified trade fight with […]

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Hong Kong’s Leader Publicly Apologizes for Extradition Bill

HONG KONG — Backpedaling under mounting public pressure, Hong Kong’s top leader publicly apologized on Tuesday for having proposed contentious legislation that would allow extraditions to mainland China. “I would like to tender my sincere apologies to the citizens of Hong Kong,” Carrie Lam, the chief executive of Hong Kong, said at a news conference […]

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Progressives Appear to Win Push in N.Y. for Licenses for the Undocumented

The New York State Senate was expected to approve a bill on Monday to grant driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, a deeply polarizing issue that had caused a rift between progressive and moderate Democrats and put new focus on the state’s reputation as a haven for immigrants. The vote, together with the Assembly’s passage last […]

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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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New York Can Win on Climate and Racial Justice

Luz Velez became a climate change activist because she almost lost her life to pollution-related illnesses. Living near a major freight trucking hub in Buffalo, she has suffered from multiple, potentially deadly respiratory ailments. Ms. Velez is fighting back. Last week, she joined more than 400 New Yorkers from across the state, representing the 180 […]

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Justices Dismiss Appeal in Virginia Racial Gerrymandering Case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a challenge to the voting map for Virginia’s House of Delegates, saying that state lawmakers were not entitled to appeal a ruling striking down parts of the map on race-discrimination grounds. The Supreme Court’s action is likely to help Democrats in the 2020 election. The vote was […]

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For Hong Kong’s Youth, Protests Are ‘a Matter of Life and Death’

HONG KONG — They are on the front lines of every demonstration, dressed in black T-shirts and pumping their fists as they march through Hong Kong’s sweltering streets. They organize on encrypted messaging groups and hand out helmets and goggles at rallies. When the police fired tear gas at them, they chased the smoke-emitting canisters […]

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Why Hong Kong Is Still Protesting

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher In Hong Kong, hundreds of thousands remain in the streets, even after city officials said they would suspend the contentious extradition bill that prompted the demonstrations in the first place. We look at why the protesters […]

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Iran Threatens to Violate Nuclear Deal’s Limits on Uranium Enrichment

LONDON — Iran announced plans on Monday to stop complying with the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, which the United States withdrew from last year, leaving the door open to an “unlimited rise” in Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium amid escalating tensions between the two nations. The announcement by Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization was the country’s […]

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Elizabeth Warren Is Completely Serious

The first time I met Elizabeth Warren, she had just come home from a walk with her husband and her dog at Fresh Pond, the reservoir near her house in Cambridge, Mass. It was a sunny day in February, a couple of weeks after Warren announced her candidacy for president, and she was wearing a […]

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Driver’s Licenses for the Undocumented: New York’s Immigration Land Mine

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] In the 12 years since fierce backlash forced Gov. Eliot Spitzer to abandon a proposal to offer driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, New York has fashioned much of its political identity around a commitment to immigrant issues. That resolve […]

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India Raises Tariffs, Escalating Trade Fight With Trump

MUMBAI, India — India announced late Saturday that it would raise tariffs on 28 categories of imports from the United States, the latest escalation in what has been a slow-motion trade fight between the two countries. The increased tariffs, on $1.4 billion of goods, went into effect Sunday morning in India and cover almonds, walnuts, […]

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How Hong Kong’s Leader Made the Biggest Political Retreat by China Under Xi

HONG KONG — Carrie Lam, the chief executive of Hong Kong, has a very loyal majority in the territory’s legislature. She has the complete backing of the Chinese government. She has a huge bureaucracy ready to push her agenda. Yet on Saturday, she was forced to suspend indefinitely her monthslong effort to win passage of […]

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Sudan Ousted a Brutal Dictator. His Successor Was His Enforcer.

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Once a camel trader who led a militia accused of genocidal violence in Darfur, Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan now sits at the pinnacle of power in Sudan, overlooking the scorched streets from his wood-paneled office high up in the military’s towering headquarters. From his office in the capital, Khartoum, he can see […]

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5 Takeaways From New York City’s $93 Billion Budget Deal

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Five years ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the parameters of his first New York City budget, weighing in at $75 billion. With each successive budget, Mr. de Blasio and City Council leaders have spent more taxpayer money, hiring […]

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Slovakia’s First Female President, Zuzana Caputova, Takes Office in a Divided Country

PEZINOK, Slovakia — Zuzana Caputova had been battling to close a toxic landfill in her hometown, Pezinok, in central Slovakia for years when she learned that the wife of her closest colleague had been stricken with an aggressive form of cancer. That same week, her godfather was told that he, too, had cancer. “Part of […]

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Where the Climate Change Action Is

With time running out on the legislative session in Albany, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the State Senate and the Assembly should set aside their differences and find common ground on a climate bill that would greatly reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. This would be enormously beneficial to the country and to the planet, and would […]

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Carrie Lam: A ‘Good Fighter’ in the Crisis Over the Hong Kong Extradition Bill

HONG KONG — Carrie Lam, the embattled chief executive of Hong Kong, is a workaholic who sleeps three to five hours a night. She assiduously reads letters from constituents. Within the Hong Kong civil service, she is labeled a “houdadak,” or “good fighter,” because she practically never backs down in a bureaucratic battle. The question […]

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