Tag: Politics and Government

Iran Protests Are Fueled in Part by Kurdish Anger

ERBIL, Iraq — The protests that have thrust Iran into turmoil since the death of a young woman in police custody have been striking for the way they have cut across ethnic and social class divides, but there is one group that has risen up with particular fury. The woman who died after being swept […]

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In Italy’s Election, Politicians Use TikTok to Seek Votes

Italian politicians are on a virtual hunt for undecided voters. Over the summer, as polls suggested that most of those who had not yet picked a side were under 30, party elders took it to the next level: TikTok. This month, Silvio Berlusconi, 85, who served four times as Italy’s prime minister, landed on the […]

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The Morning: The back story of the migrant buses

Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida created a firestorm this month for what he did to about 50 migrants, mostly from Venezuela, who had recently crossed the southern border: He put them on two planes that took them to Martha’s Vineyard, the famously liberal and upscale vacation destination in Massachusetts. He was following the lead, albeit […]

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Why Japan Is Angry About a State Funeral for Shinzo Abe

TOKYO — Nearly three months after Shinzo Abe, Japan’s most influential and longest-serving prime minister, was gunned down in broad daylight at a campaign stop, his death is still reverberating, though in ways few would have predicted. An outpouring of anger prompted by the assassination has been directed not at the killer, his ability to […]

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Italy May Get a Leader With Post-Fascist Roots

ROME — Giorgia Meloni, Italy’s hard-right leader, resents having to talk about Fascism. She has publicly, and in multiple languages, said that the Italian right has “handed Fascism over to history for decades now.” She argued that “the problem with Fascism in Italy always begins with the electoral campaign,” when the Italian left, she said, […]

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What Issue Is Most On Your Mind for the Midterm Elections?

In the weeks before Election Day, Times Opinion needs your help to understand what motivates each generation to vote. In a world on fire, our readers often describe a sense of displacement, and the fear that they and their children might not have the same lives their parents did. Every generation experienced the pandemic differently, […]

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The Fight Between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Explained

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan in New York this week for the first direct talks since more than 180 people were reported killed last week in fighting between the two countries. The flare-up subsided within days, but the high-level meeting reflects worries that the causes of […]

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‘Somebody Planted the Guns’: In Canada, a Raided, Distrusting Village Blames the Police

COUTTS, Alberta — The village’s only restaurant offers smiles and two pamphlets, one denouncing Covid-19 vaccines for children, the other saying the United Nations’ mission includes creating a “microchipped society” for “tracking and controlling.” So pervasive is the belief here that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a dictator-in-the-making that even a top official in the […]

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The World’s Most Prestigious Art Exhibition Is Over. Maybe Forever.

This was therefore less an exhibition than what my colleague Siddhartha Mitter, reviewing the show in June, adeptly called “a whole vibe.” Vibing was its aim, and its downfall too. Documenta 15, by design, militated against its own viewing — “the viewer is obsolete,” you can read in the catalog — because the real work […]

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Some Women Fear Giorgia Meloni’s Far-Right Agenda Will Set Italy Back

ROME — Being a woman, and mother, has been central to the political pitch of Giorgia Meloni, the hard-right politician who is likely to become Italy’s prime minister after elections on Sunday. She once ran for mayor seven months pregnant because she said powerful men had told her she couldn’t. Her most famous speech includes […]

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On a Corpse’s Wrist, an Emblem of Ukrainian Fortitude

KYIV, Ukraine — The body pulled from a pit in Izyum was in a bad state of decomposition, the skin peeling from the bone and drained of color. But one thing stood out: the blue and yellow bracelet around the dead man’s wrist. The colors of the Ukrainian national flag had barely faded. The corpse, […]

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British Pound Sinks as Markets React to U.K. Government Tax Cuts

Britain’s new government announced a sweeping series of tax cuts on Friday, betting it had found the path to economic growth despite high inflation. But the market verdict was swift and negative: The value of British stocks, bonds and the pound sank to the lowest level against the dollar since 1985. The plans will require […]

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What You Need to Know About Italy’s Elections

ROME — Italians vote on Sunday for the first time in almost five years in national elections that will usher in a new, and polls predict, right-wing government that will face economic challenges, a deepening energy crisis, and questions about Italy’s hard line against Russia and its full-throated support for the European Union. The elections […]

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U.K. Government Goes Full Tilt on Tax Cuts and Free-Market Economics

LONDON — Prime Minister Liz Truss of Britain on Friday gambled that a hefty dose of tax cuts, deregulation and free-market economics could reignite growth before the next general election as her government unveiled a package of measures that is likely to determine its electoral success or failure. Breaking sharply with the era of the […]

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Zeldin Has a Path to Becoming Governor. It Runs Through Brooklyn.

A curious thing happened last weekend when Representative Lee Zeldin brought his Republican campaign for governor of New York into Hasidic Brooklyn. Mr. Zeldin, a pronounced underdog, was greeted like a rock star. Crowds chanted in approval. Yiddish-language campaign posters littered the streets. “Mister Lee Zeldin, you got my vote,” a paramedic yelled out of […]

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Where Online Hate Speech Can Bring the Police to Your Door

When the police pounded the door before dawn at a home in northwest Germany, a bleary-eyed young man in his boxer shorts answered. The officers asked for his father, who was at work. They told him that his 51-year-old father was accused of violating laws against online hate speech, insults and misinformation. He had shared […]

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Betrayal and Blackouts in Puerto Rico

But there is reason for hope. While Puerto Rico’s Department of Justice, which is responsible for the enforcement of the local law, allows impunity to go unchecked, Washington has begun to pay attention. A 2019 investigation by the United States Department of Justice found that after Hurricane Maria, PREPA employees accepted or demanded bribes to […]

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In Mississippi, Welfare for the Well Connected as a Scandal Spreads

​As he became further enmeshed in a scheme that diverted federal welfare money to build a volleyball stadium that cost more than $5 million at the University of Southern Mississippi, the former football star Brett Favre texted a question to the ​head of a nonprofit doling out funds meant to go to welfare recipients in […]

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Herschel Walker’s Company Said It Donated Profits, but Evidence Is Scant

The spokesman said, however, that he could not rule out the possibility that Mr. Walker had given to one of the Boy Scouts’ 250 local councils. The Times also reached out to local Boy Scout chapters in two places with connections to Mr. Walker — a council in North Texas, where Mr. Walker lived for […]

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Putin Raises Stakes in the War, With Direct Challenge to the West

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia accelerated his war effort in Ukraine on Wednesday, announcing a call-up of roughly 300,000 reservists to the military, while also directly challenging the West over its support for Ukraine with a veiled threat of using nuclear weapons. In a rare address to the nation, Mr. Putin said he was […]

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Protests in Iran Intensify Over Woman Who Died in Custody

Antigovernment protests in Iran over the death of a 22-year-old woman in police custody are intensifying, and dozens of cities are embroiled in unrest that has been met with a crackdown by the authorities, according to witnesses, videos posted on social media and human rights groups. The protests appear to be one of the largest […]

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For Churches, Abortion Politics Is a Double-Edged Sword

In the ensuing public uproar, support for the church collapsed. “It basically goes from being one of the most trusted public institutions to not only losing support in the faith world, but being unable to counter referendums on abortion and on gay marriage,” Grzymala-Busse said. “It’s now a political non-presence in Ireland because the scale […]

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Trial of Former Trump Adviser Begins With Opening Statements

A lawyer for Thomas J. Barrack Jr., an informal adviser to former president Donald J. Trump, told jurors Wednesday that accusations that his client was an illegal foreign agent were “nothing short of ridiculous” — and that prosecutors had inflated “inconsequential acts” into a supposed plot in which Mr. Barrack agreed to betray his country. […]

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How ‘Lord of the Rings’ Inspires Italy’s Giorgia Meloni

But for Ms. Meloni, all of those took a back shelf to “The Lord of the Rings.” She said she had learned from dwarves and elves and hobbits the “value of specificity” with “each indispensable for the fact of being particular.” She extrapolated that as a lesson about protecting Europe’s sovereign nations and unique identities. […]

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U.K. Cuts Energy Bills for Companies Through Winter

The British government announced details of a plan on Wednesday to cut energy costs for companies over the winter, after industry groups warned that soaring bills were threatening the survival of countless businesses. Beginning in October and lasting for six months, businesses, charities and other public sector organizations including schools and hospitals will see the […]

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How Border Politics Landed in Martha’s Vineyard

Miriam Jordan contributed reporting. The Daily is made by Lisa Tobin, Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, M.J. Davis Lin, Dan Powell, Dave Shaw, Sydney Harper, Robert Jimison, Mike Benoist, […]

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‘We’re on That Bus, Too’: In China, a Deadly Crash Triggers Covid Trauma

After a bus accident killed at least 27 people being transferred to a Covid quarantine facility on Sunday, the Chinese public staged a widespread online protest against the government’s harsh pandemic policy. It was a moment of collective grief and anger, with a heavy dose of shame, guilt and despair. After nearly three years of […]

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How a Looming Oil Ban Could Devastate a Small Italian City

Like thousands of Sicilians who live near Priolo Gargallo, part of an industrial petrochemical hub on this island’s southeastern coast, Davide Mauro has tied his livelihood to the giant Russian-owned Lukoil refinery — a landscape of towering chimney stacks, steel cranes and flat-topped gas tanks that rise above the Ionian Sea’s brilliant turquoise waters. Ever […]

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Victims Recall Life in the Philippines Under Marcos’s Martial Law

They were community organizers and unionists. Teenagers and pro-democracy activists. Those who were detained under the dictatorship of Ferdinand E. Marcos in the Philippines numbered in the tens of thousands. The dictator declared martial law in the country 50 years ago on Wednesday, a grisly period when the opposition was imprisoned, tortured and killed. The […]

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Prime Minister Liz Truss Pivots From Queen’s Funeral to U.K.’s Crises

LONDON — The flowers have been cleared. Union Jacks no longer fly at half-staff. Ads have replaced Queen Elizabeth II’s image on bus shelters. A day after burying their revered monarch, Britons returned to normal life on Tuesday to confront a torrent of pressing problems they had set aside in 10 days of mourning. Hours […]

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U.S. Shores Up Ukraine Aid as Energy Crisis in Europe Looms

In promising Ukraine billions of dollars in long-term military aid, the Biden administration is seeking to prove that U.S. support in the war can outlast Russia’s determination. Rallying American lawmakers and the public around that assistance, and billions in more immediate help, has been relatively painless for President Biden. But he must also keep Europe […]

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