Tag: Politics and Government

‘The Panic Attacks Are Setting In’

On March 29, the United Kingdom will leave the European Union. Probably. Since Prime Minister Theresa May invoked Article 50, setting in motion a two-year exit process, the British government and the European Union have sparred over what Brexit might mean in practice. Questions have swirled. Will European Union citizens […]

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At Brexit Crunch Time, Theresa May Takes a Pummeling

LONDON — Theresa May rose to her feet before the British House of Commons on Thursday to make the sales pitch of her life, promising that the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union would be “smooth and orderly.” It was not supposed to be a laugh line. But the […]

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Brexit for the Non-Brit: What Is It, and Why Can’t They Get It Done?

LONDON — After years of delays, stumbles and intermittent negotiations, Prime Minister Theresa May this week finally presented a draft plan for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union — and it has been roundly and loudly panned. Her government is teetering on the verge of collapse. Supporters of Brexit had […]

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U.K. Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab Quits

LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain faced a new political crisis on Thursday after Dominic Raab, her chief negotiator on withdrawal from the European Union, quit, a decision that threatens to wreck not only her plans for exit, but also her leadership. The surprise resignation came Thursday morning […]

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Behind a Saudi Prince’s Rise, Two Loyal Enforcers

BEIRUT, Lebanon — When Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia convened an outdoor banquet this spring for his fellow Arab rulers, seated among the kings, princes and presidents were two friends with few qualifications other than their closeness to the young prince himself: a poet who has become […]

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Brexit Could Leave Wedding Bouquets Stuck at the Border

ImageMore than a third of the global flower trade flows through the Aalsmeer marketplace in the Netherlands.CreditAndrew Urwin for The New York Times Far removed from the political posturing and brinkmanship that capture most of the attention in Britain’s long and tedious departure from the European Union, Yme Pasma is […]

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A Week After the Election, Democratic Gains Grow Stronger

The 2018 midterm election looked last Tuesday like a serious but not crippling setback for Republicans, with Democrats making significant gains in congressional races but failing to deliver a comprehensive defeat to President Trump and his party. The picture for Republicans has gotten grimmer since then, as a more complete […]

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Blasphemy Laws: Excuse for Persecution

It is good news that Pakistan’s Supreme Court has acquitted and freed a Pakistani Christian woman who had already spent eight years on death row for blasphemy. In a 56-page ruling, the three justices said Asia Bibi, a farmworker in her early 50s, was the victim of mob justice aroused […]

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Why It Feels Like We’re Trapped in a Pinter Play

ImagePaapa Essiedu in “The New World Order” at the Harold Pinter Theater in London this fall.CreditMarc Brenner LONDON — Ten years after Harold Pinter’s death, it almost feels as if we’re trapped in one of his furrowed-brow-inducing plays. What is real? What is untrue? Why is everyone so creepy and […]

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The Alt-Right’s Favorite Meme Is 100 Years Old

At the chilling climax of William S. Lind’s 2014 novel “Victoria,” knights wearing crusader’s crosses and singing Christian hymns brutally slay the politically correct faculty at Dartmouth College, the main character’s (and Mr. Lind’s) alma mater. “The work of slaughter went quickly,” the narrator says. “In less than five minutes […]

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We’re Suing the Florida Governor. He Should Not Oversee His Own Election.

On Sunday, the Republican secretary of state of Arizona, Michele Reagan, did a stunning thing. She explained to America why it was taking so long to count the ballots in Arizona’s unresolved Senate race. Her explanation was thorough, sober, informative and nonpartisan. Most important, it helped foster confidence in the […]

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Stimulus Plan or Populist Giveaway? Italy’s Budget Sets Up Clash With E.U.

NAPLES, Italy — Italy’s desperate need for a financial shot in the arm is palpable at all levels of the economy, from the entrepreneurs in the industrial north who are hungry for tax breaks and a streamlined bureaucracy to the welfare seekers in the poverty-stricken south, with its dizzying levels […]

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Deadly Israeli Gaza Raid Threatens Nascent Cease-Fire

JERUSALEM — A covert Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip apparently went bad on Sunday, leaving at least seven Palestinians dead, including one senior Hamas military commander, and puncturing a nascent cease-fire with a flurry of airstrikes and rocket fire. One Israeli soldier was killed and another was wounded in […]

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France’s Mayors, Feeling the Pinch, Lead a Quiet Rebellion and Quit

SAINT-SEINE-SUR-VINGEANNE, France — As mayor of this postage-stamp village deep in Burgundy, France, Louis Gentilhomme presided over a small but seemingly idyllic patch. The loudest noise on a recent day was the autumn breeze whistling in the trees. There were a few streets of stone houses, a 13th-century church, one […]

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Young Activists Go Missing in China, Raising Fears of Crackdown

BEIJING — At least a dozen young activists who took part in a national campaign for workers’ rights in China are missing, friends said on Sunday, in what appeared to be an effort by the government to silence one of the most visible student protests in years. Unidentified men in […]

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Rome Mayor Acquitted on Lying Charge, to Relief of Five Star Movement

ROME — Rome’s embattled mayor was acquitted on Saturday of charges of lying about a city hall appointment, a case that threatened her career as well as the credibility of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement she represents. A judge found that no crime had been committed when the mayor, Virginia […]

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Turkey’s President Says Recordings Linked to Jamal Khashoggi Have Been Given to U.S.

Turkey has shared recordings linked to the murder last month of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi with Saudi Arabia, the United States and other countries, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday. “We gave the recordings, we gave them to Saudi Arabia, we gave them to Washington, to the Germans, to the […]

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Trump Meets With Macron Amid Tension Over European Security

PARIS — President Trump and President Emmanuel Macron of France met on Saturday, seeking to restore a relationship that started out friendly only to turn sour in recent months amid the American leader’s complaints that Europe is taking advantage of the century-old trans-Atlantic alliance. Mr. Macron reassured Mr. Trump that […]

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Midterm Climate Report: Partly Cloudy

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change made it clear that averting the worst consequences of climate changes (lesser consequences are by now all around us) will mean quickly cutting back on the use of fossil fuels that cause global warming. Big Oil didn’t get the memo. […]

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With Democratic Wins, Charter Schools Face a Backlash in N.Y. and Other States

Over the last decade, the charter school movement gained a significant foothold in New York, demonstrating along the way that it could build fruitful alliances with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and other prominent Democrats. The movement hoped to set a national example — if charter schools could make it in […]

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New York Should Say No to Amazon

This week, word leaked that Amazon may be close to finalizing a deal to set up a major operation in Long Island City, Queens. The news, which was embraced with peak sycophancy by Gov. Andrew Cuomo — he literally offered to change his name to “Amazon Cuomo” to make it […]

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