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8 November

Thousands of people rallied in Colombo in support of a new government led by the country’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

People in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia cast their ballots for the referendum on whether to become an independent nation.

With Jair Bolsonaro about to take power, many artists in Brazil fear the censorship and intimidation.

Everyone says international election observers go easy on African elections, tolerating fraud that would be called out elsewhere, but is this true? In new research, Susan Dodsworth demonstrates how this has important implications for international observers.

Academics and policymakers have argued that democracy is eroding and perhaps even dying. In this article, Dan Slater explores what remains once democracy erodes.

Electronic Frontier Foundation states that private censorship is not the best way to fight hate or defend democracy, citing ideas they believe are better responses.

America First?

The historian Sarah Churchwell talks about the origins and meaning of some of the political ideas in the age of Trump: ‘America First’, ‘Make America Great Again’, ‘Fake News’.

Women MPs of the World

The UK Parliament was filled with women legislators from all over the world this morning. They debated how to make politics more inclusive. You can watch the discussion here.

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