Progressives Won Chile’s Election

A new Constitution allowing for broad social and economic reform will be drafted to replace the one approved during the dark days of the Pinochet dictatorship.

#chile, #constitutions, #elections, #income-inequality, #pinera-sebastian, #pinochet-ugarte-augusto

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How Generals Plot Together, in Myanmar and Thailand

An unholy alliance between the two military governments will delay a return to democracy in both countries.

#assn-of-southeast-asian-nations, #aung-san-suu-kyi, #constitutions, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #national-council-for-peace-and-order-thailand, #national-league-for-democracy-myanmar, #prayuth-chan-ocha, #thailand

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A Go-It-Alone President Wants to Reshape Haiti. Some Are Skeptical.

Haiti, facing a prolonged crisis, is preparing for the biggest shake-up of government seen in decades with a constitutional referendum and national elections slated for this year.

#constitutions, #elections, #haiti, #moise-jovenel-1968, #politics-and-government, #referendums

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How the Pennsylvania GOP is Trying to Increase Their Control of State Courts

After fighting the election results, state Republicans are trying to increase their control of the courts. Outraged Democrats and good government groups see it as a new kind of gerrymandering.

#constitutions, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #pennsylvania, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #referendums, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Pennsylvania G.O.P.’s Push for More Power Over Judiciary Raises Alarms

After fighting the election results, state Republicans are trying to increase their control of the courts. Outraged Democrats and good government groups see it as a new kind of gerrymandering.

#constitutions, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #pennsylvania, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #referendums, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why Trump Will Fail in Michigan

His only success will be in ruining what should be the celebration of a successful election under highly challenging circumstances.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #constitutions, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #democratic-party, #michigan, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Peru President Is Impeached by Congress

The vote to remove President Martín Vizcarra comes amid a devastating coronavirus pandemic. It was unclear if he would acknowledge the vote as constitutional and step down.

#constitutions, #impeachment, #martin-vizcarra, #peru, #politics-and-government

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Norway’s Supreme Court Hears Rights Challenge to Arctic Oil Drilling

Environmental groups argue that exploratory drilling licenses violate a constitutional right to a healthy environment. It’s a test case taking on an industry that is key to the country’s economy.

#arctic-regions, #barents-sea, #constitutions, #drilling-and-boring, #global-warming, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #norway, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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The Sovereigns of Thailand and the Skies

Protesters are challenging the monarchy’s legitimacy by co-opting its celestial symbols.

#astrology, #bangkok-thailand, #buddhism, #constitutions, #crown-property-bureau-thailand, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hong-kong, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #politics-and-government, #prayuth-chan-ocha, #royal-families, #thailand, #vajiralongkorn-1952

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Why India’s Muslims Reach for Liberalism

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes Hindus more equal than religious minorities, Muslims seek equality from the secular Constitution, not Shariah.

#amnesty-international, #bharatiya-janata-party, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #constitutional-amendments, #constitutions, #delhi-india, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #hinduism, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #india, #kashmir-and-jammu-india, #malaysia, #minorities, #modi-narendra, #mumbai-india, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #shah-amit-1964, #sufism-religion, #supreme-court-of-india, #times-of-india, #turkey

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‘An End to the Chapter of Dictatorship’: Chileans Vote to Draft a New Constitution

Voters overwhelmingly approved a bid to scrap the charter inherited from Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship, a move that could set a new course for the country.

#chile, #constitutions, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #income-inequality, #pinera-sebastian, #pinochet-ugarte-augusto, #referendums

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Poland Court Ruling Effectively Bans Legal Abortions

The decision, which cannot be appealed, halts pregnancy terminations for fetal abnormalities, virtually the only type currently performed in the country.

#abortion, #constitutions, #european-union, #kaczynski-jaroslaw, #law-and-justice-poland, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Will Chile Set an Example for True Democracy?

Pinochet’s Constitution needs an overhaul, but the process is not without risks.

#chile, #constitutions, #pinera-sebastian, #pinochet-ugarte-augusto, #referendums

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With Elections Ahead, Some African Presidents Try Engineering Results

Presidential elections are scheduled soon in at least 10 African countries. Many incumbents are changing constitutions and bending rules to ensure they stay in power.

#africa, #conde-alpha, #constitutions, #elections, #guinea, #ivory-coast, #museveni-yoweri, #ouattara-alassane-d, #tanzania, #term-limits-political-office, #uganda

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Whose Islam? The New Battle for Afghanistan

Finding common ground on the role of Islam is the most decisive task in the peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #constitutions, #doha-qatar, #ghani-ashraf, #muslims-and-islam, #taliban, #womens-rights

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Hong Kong Is China, Like It or Not

After months of chaos in the city, something had to be done, and the Chinese government did it.

#china, #constitutions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deng-xiaoping, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #extradition, #fugitives, #heritage-foundation, #hong-kong, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #lam-carrie-1957, #law-and-legislation, #macau, #national-peoples-congress-china, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #taiwan, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Chile’s Largest Indigenous Group Sees Opportunity in a New Constitution

Chile’s Mapuche have long demanded official recognition of their culture and of their claims to ancestral lands. A referendum over a new Constitution provides them a chance to be included.

#catrillanca-camilo, #chile, #constitutions, #indigenous-people, #pinera-sebastian, #referendums

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With Freedom at Stake, Courts Are Collapsing

In Hungary, Turkey and India, the courts have turned into silent bystanders and complicit actors.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #constitutions, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #law-and-justice-poland, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #supreme-court-of-india

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Sri Lanka Vote Hands Rajapaksa Family a Bigger Slice of Control

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s party clinched the majority of seats in Parliament, aiming to amend the Constitution and expand presidential powers. Rights groups are concerned.

#constitutions, #elections, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #rajapaksa-gotabaya, #rajapaksa-mahinda, #sri-lanka, #term-limits-political-office

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Why Did Hong Kong Delay Its Election — by a Year?

The government blames the pandemic. More likely, it was afraid to lose.

#china, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #constitutions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elections, #freedom-of-assembly, #hong-kong, #lam-carrie-1957, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #singapore, #south-korea, #tokyo-japan

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How China Scammed Hong Kong

It pays to play the long game against people who want to be free.

#communist-party-of-china, #constitutions, #defense-and-military-forces, #deng-xiaoping, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #extradition, #global-times, #great-britain, #hong-kong, #lam-carrie-1957, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #national-peoples-congress-china, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #tiananmen-square-beijing, #united-states

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What’s Our Motto? Out of Many, One? Out of Many, None?

If we’re to thrive, our motto needs to be “Out of many, we.”

#constitutions, #democratic-party, #fukuyama-francis, #heritage-foundation, #james-kay-coles, #minnesota, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #slogans-and-mottoes, #trump-donald-j

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Tiananmen’s Other Children

Past protests actually are remembered in China — and commemorated with yet more protests.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #constitutions, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #deng-xiaoping, #fang-lizhi, #hong-kong, #hu-yaobang, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #national-peoples-congress-china, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #yan-lianke

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China, Hong Kong and the Politics of Coronavirus

Anticipating a hostile post-pandemic world, Beijing feels that it needs to control the city absolutely.

#china, #chinese-nationalist-party-taiwan, #communist-party-of-china, #constitutions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #epidemics, #great-britain, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #japan, #lam-carrie-1957, #luo-huining, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #taiwan, #tiananmen-square-beijing, #tibet, #world-health-organization, #xi-jinping

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As Bolsonaro Keeps Amazon Vows, Brazil’s Indigenous Fear ‘Ethnocide’

President Jair Bolsonaro is moving aggressively to open up the Amazon rainforest to commercial development, posing an existential threat to the tribes living there.

#amazon-jungle, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #constitutions, #forests-and-forestry, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #indigenous-people, #land-use-policies, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government

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What Is Missing From Afghan Peace Talks

A just political order in Afghanistan needs decentralization of power and an equitable distribution of resources among its people.

#abdullah-abdullah, #afghanistan, #constitutions, #ghani-ashraf, #karzai-hamid, #massoud-ahmed-shah, #panjshir-valley-afghanistan, #politics-and-government, #september-11-2001, #taliban

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