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    Primary Primers: Why Minnesota is – and isn’t – a swing state 

Primary Primers: Why Minnesota is – and isn’t – a swing state 

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In the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump very nearly won in Minnesota, only missing out by 45,000 votes in the state. Rubrick Biegon takes a close look at whether Minnesota should now be considered to be a swing state. He writes that despite Trump’s recent appeals there, the North Star State’s progressive history and present may make a victory for him very difficult this fall.

This article is part of our Primary Primers series […]

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    La democracia y sus defensores deben de adaptarse al Coronavirus  

La democracia y sus defensores deben de adaptarse al Coronavirus  

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La pandemia del COVID-19 ha detenido muchos aspectos de la vida norteramericana, y los esfuerzos por mejorar la democracia estadounidense no han estado exentos. Fernando Tormos-Aponte y Michael Latner escriben que activistas por la reforma electoral deben encontrar nuevos modos de ejercer influencia política en línea y abrir espacios virtuales para asegurar que las elecciones sean justas. 

Activistas por la democracia electoral habían logrado avanzar medidas legislativas con […]

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    Democracy and its advocates must adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic 

Democracy and its advocates must adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic 

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The COVID-19 pandemic has put much of American life on hold, and efforts to ensure the robustness of US democracy have not been exempt. Fernando Tormos-Aponte and Michael Latner write that, to ensure November’s general election is as free and fair as possible, electoral democracy advocates must now find new ways of exerting policy influence online and to open up virtual spaces to constituents and advocacy groups.

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    Why the United States’ maximum pressure approach toward Nicolás Maduro is unlikely to stabilize Venezuela.

Why the United States’ maximum pressure approach toward Nicolás Maduro is unlikely to stabilize Venezuela.

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At the end of March, the US Justice Department charged Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro, and other government officials with “narcoterrorism”. John Polga-Hecimovich writes that, along with sanctions and naval counternarcotics operations near Venezuela, the charges are part of the Trump administration’s campaign to oust Maduro in favor of Juan Guaidó. And while this strategy may ultimately be successful, he […]

The challenging future for restraint in US foreign policy

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There has been a growing debate over restraint in US foreign policy, fueled most recently by President Trump’s removal of troops from Syria last year. But, writes C. William Walldorf, Jr., those who wish to see more restraint in US foreign policy face domestic challenges: partisanship, and the need to be seen to be against the other side, the […]

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    Book Review: Political English: Language and the Decay of Politics by Thomas Docherty

Book Review: Political English: Language and the Decay of Politics by Thomas Docherty

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In Political English: Language and the Decay of Politics, Thomas Docherty offers a new examination of the historical and contemporary linkages between power, politics and the English language, arguing that the impoverishment of language is intimately connected with the impoverishment of political debate today. The book demonstrates the concomitant decline of discourse and democracy and brings a new slant to analyses of racism, classism […]

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    Book Review: Sharing the Burden: The Armenian Question, Humanitarian Intervention and Anglo-American Visions of Global Order by Charlie Laderman

Book Review: Sharing the Burden: The Armenian Question, Humanitarian Intervention and Anglo-American Visions of Global Order by Charlie Laderman

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On 24 April each year, many communities across the world come together to commemorate the mass killing of the Armenian people of the Ottoman Empire during World War I. Grant Golub reviews Sharing the Burden: The Armenian Question, Humanitarian Intervention and Anglo-American Visions of Global Order, in which Charlie Laderman shows how the US and British responses to the atrocities were […]

The Covid-19 crisis reveals how much we value old age

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Given that older people are an increasing share of society and that other pandemics will come, countries should revisit their priorities, writes Joan Costa-Font.

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the older population more than other age cohorts, as their weaker immune system makes it harder to fight diseases and infection. Although all age groups are at risk of contracting the […]

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    Trump’s immigration ban is another page in the long story of xenophobia in America

Trump’s immigration ban is another page in the long story of xenophobia in America

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The COVID-19 pandemic has given Donald Trump ample opportunity to enact controversial measures and advance his America First agenda under the guise of emergency powers. Laura Smith argues that Trump’s latest announcement of his intent to ban all immigration is the most egregious example of his xenophobia. She places this intended ban in the context of the long history […]

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    How hoax information on social media about COVID-19 might be worsening the pandemic.

How hoax information on social media about COVID-19 might be worsening the pandemic.

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Information claiming that the COVID-19 is a hoax has unfolded on social media at the same time as the virus has spread across the world. Ralf Martin has analysed nearly 12 million tweets for spikes in COVID-19 hoax related content. He finds that those posting coronavirus related hoax content are more likely to mention Donald Trump, and that many […]

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