No Justice Alito, Reproductive Justice Is in the Constitution

The repeal of Roe v. Wade brings a return of sexual servitude for women.

#abortion, #alito-samuel-a-jr, #breyer-stephen-g, #constitutional-amendments, #constitutions, #slavery-historical

If Australia Can Stop Mass Shootings, Why Can’t We?

Australia’s success with gun reform was mostly a result of timing, luck and the idiosyncrasies of its Constitution. But it does hold important lessons for the U.S.

#australia, #constitutions, #gun-control, #mass-shootings, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

‘Misoginia de la era colonial’: en los fallos sobre los derechos de las mujeres se cita a un juez del siglo XVII

Tanto en India como en el borrador del fallo Roe v. Wade en Estados Unidos, todavía ocupa un lugar preponderante un juez inglés que escribió que las mujeres estaban obligadas por contrato a los maridos.

#abortion, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #constitutions, #domestic-violence, #great-britain, #india, #marriages, #politics-and-government, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

The 17th-Century English Judge Behind Abortion and Rape Rulings Today

Both in India and in the Roe v. Wade draft ruling roiling the United States, Lord Matthew Hale — an English judge who wrote that women were contractually obligated to husbands — still looms large.

#abortion, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #constitutions, #domestic-violence, #great-britain, #india, #marriages, #politics-and-government, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

The Unsettling Warning in France’s Election

A record number of abstentions, and a strictly binary choice for voters — many of whom said they were picking the lesser of two evils — are trouble signs even within a mature democracy.

#constitutions, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #european-union, #france, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #melenchon-jean-luc, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #putin-vladimir-v, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

President Dissolves Tunisia’s Parliament, Deepening Political Crisis

President Kais Saied, who suspended Parliament last year, dismissed that body after lawmakers challenged the autocratic powers he has exercised.

#constitutions, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #saied-kais-1958, #tunisia

President Dissolves Tunisia’s Parliament, Deepening Political Crisis

President Kais Saied, who suspended Parliament last year, dismissed that body after lawmakers challenged the autocratic powers he has exercised.

#constitutions, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #saied-kais-1958, #tunisia

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Caribbean Tour Marred By Gaffes and Miscues

The trip by Prince William and his wife, Catherine, the duchess of Cambridge, dramatized how rapidly Queen Elizabeth II is losing her grip on distant dominions where she is still head of state.

#buckingham-palace, #caribbean-area, #constitutions, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #jamaica-west-indies, #politics-and-government, #royal-families, #william-duke-of-cambridge

Pope Francis Issues New Vatican Constitution

The document stipulates that baptized lay Catholics, including women, can lead departments and increases institutional efforts to protect minors.

#benedict-xvi, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #constitutions, #francis, #john-paul-ii, #omalley-sean-p, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy

Allies Focus on Security of Zelensky and Other Ukraine Leaders

Concerns about the line of succession were prompted in part because President Volodymyr Zelensky insists he will not be evacuated.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #constitutions, #defense-and-military-forces, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #kyiv-ukraine, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #stefanchuk-ruslan, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

Pressure Mounts on Tunisia’s President to Salvage the Economy

When President Kais Saied seized power in July, he vowed to rescue the failing economy. Tunisians are still waiting for him to fulfill that pledge.

#constitutions, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #middle-east-and-north-africa-unrest-2010, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #saied-kais-1958, #tunisia

Chile’s Constitutional Rewrite Confronts Climate Change Head On

Chile has lots of lithium, which is essential to the world’s transition to green energy. But anger over powerful mining interests, a water crisis and inequality has driven Chile to rethink how it defines itself.

#chile, #constitutions, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #global-warming, #lithium-metal, #mines-and-mining, #sociedad-quimica-y-minera-de-chile-sa

Chile President-Elect Gabriel Boric Faces Challenge on Constitution

Gabriel Boric has no room for error in this constitutional moment.

#boric-gabriel, #chile, #constitutions, #elections, #kast-jose-antonio, #pinochet-ugarte-augusto, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #voting-and-voters

Voting for President, Chile Faces Stark Choice, With Constitution at Stake

The presidential race is being contested by a millennial leftist who would be the nation’s youngest leader and a far-right politician who has promised to restore order and security.

#boric-gabriel, #chile, #constitutions, #elections, #kast-jose-antonio, #pinera-sebastian, #politics-and-government

Abuses Under Gambia’s Ex-Ruler Should Be Prosecuted, Inquiry Says

A commission’s long-awaited investigation reported widespread human rights violations, but it is not clear if anyone will be charged with crimes.

#barrow-adama-1965, #constitutions, #gambia, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #jammeh-yahya

Chileans Will Vote For President on Sunday

The top contenders to lead Chile out of a turbulent era are a leftist 35-year-old former student activist and a 55-year-old far-right former congressman, presenting voters a stark choice.

#chile, #constitutions, #elections, #pinera-sebastian, #politics-and-government

Why Is Poland Fighting the Supremacy of European Union Courts?

Poland argues that its courts should supersede the bloc’s top court. The E.U. sharply disagrees.

#brussels-belgium, #constitutions, #european-commission, #european-union, #law-and-justice-poland, #poland, #politics-and-government, #treaties, #treaty-of-lisbon-2007

Poland’s Top Court Rules Its Constitution Trumps Some E.U. Laws

The ruling challenges the supremacy of European law, a cornerstone of the continent’s push for an “ever closer union” since it began more than 60 years ago.

#constitutions, #europe, #european-union, #law-and-justice-poland, #poland, #politics-and-government

Tunisian President Appoints Prime Minister Amid Protests Over Power Grab

President Kais Saied named a political novice, Najla Bouden Romdhan, in a move that may do little to dispel fears that he is moving toward one-man rule of the nation where the Arab Spring began.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #constitutions, #najla-bouden-romdhan, #politics-and-government, #saied-kais-1958, #tunisia, #women-and-girls

Special Forces Colonel Stages Coup in Guinea

Heavy gunfire was heard in Conakry, the West African country’s capital, on Sunday, and then a colonel announced on state television that he’d suspended the Constitution.

#africa, #conde-alpha, #constitutions, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #guinea, #politics-and-government

Populist Hero or Demagogue: Who Is Tunisia’s President?

As a law professor, Kais Saied preached strict adherence to the Constitution. As Tunisia’s president, he has bent it to his will. Will he save Tunisia’s democracy or destroy it?

#constitutions, #ennahda-party-tunisia, #middle-east-and-north-africa-unrest-2010, #politics-and-government, #saied-kais-1958, #tunisia

Dueling Claims to Power. Broken Institutions. How Does Haiti Fix This?

Other countries have faced similar challenges, often with poor results, from protracted limbo to, in the worst cases, civil war.

#aristide-jean-bertrand, #assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #constitutions, #elections, #haiti, #henry-ariel, #joseph-claude, #moise-jovenel-1968, #politics-and-government, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations

Political Crisis in Haiti as Two Prime Ministers Claim Power

Despite the interim prime minister’s claim that he is in charge after the president’s assassination, a volatile political situation poses yet another challenge to democracies in the Western Hemisphere.

#aristide-jean-bertrand, #assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #constitutions, #haiti, #henry-ariel, #international-relations, #joseph-claude, #moise-jovenel-1968, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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