India, the world’s largest democracy, also happens to be the world’s most hierarchical society; its most powerful and wealthy citizens, who are overwhelmingly upper-caste, are very far from checking their privilege or understanding the cruel disadvantages of birth among the low castes, analyst Pankaj Mishra writes for the New York Review of Books: Dalits remain […]

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India, the world’s largest democracy, also happens to be the world’s most hierarchical society; its most powerful and wealthy citizens, who are overwhelmingly upper-caste, are very far from checking their privilege or understanding the cruel disadvantages of birth among the low castes, analyst Pankaj Mishra writes for the New York Review of Books: Dalits remain […]

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Russia-linked hacking and information operations aimed at the US presidential election has overshadowed another related and important story: governments around the globe are increasingly using these same new digital tactics domestically, often to great effect, notes Will Wright, a program officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Endowment for Democracy. For the big technology […]

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Russia-linked hacking and information operations aimed at the US presidential election has overshadowed another related and important story: governments around the globe are increasingly using these same new digital tactics domestically, often to great effect, notes Will Wright, a program officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Endowment for Democracy. For the big technology […]

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President Trump’s first national security strategy envisions a world in which the United States confronts two “revisionist” powers — China and Russia — that are seeking to change the global status quo, often to the detriment of America’s interests. But while the document outlines a detailed plan to push back against China’s global economic ambitions, it says […]

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President Trump’s first national security strategy envisions a world in which the United States confronts two “revisionist” powers — China and Russia — that are seeking to change the global status quo, often to the detriment of America’s interests. But while the document outlines a detailed plan to push back against China’s global economic ambitions, it says […]

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As Venezuela falls into ever more tumultuous times, President Nicolás Maduro has tried to hit the final nail in democracy’s coffin. Now opposition parties are a thing of the past, reports suggest. Maduro has acknowledged that people are hungry in Venezuela, but he has refused to accept international aid, the New York Times adds, in […]

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As Venezuela falls into ever more tumultuous times, President Nicolás Maduro has tried to hit the final nail in democracy’s coffin. Now opposition parties are a thing of the past, reports suggest. Maduro has acknowledged that people are hungry in Venezuela, but he has refused to accept international aid, the New York Times adds, in […]

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Arseny Roginsky (left), a veteran activist who was chairman of the respected Memorial human rights society, has died after a life chronicling abuses and injustice in the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia, RFE/RL reports: Born in 1946 in the northwestern region of Arkhangelsk, Roginsky was a Soviet dissident who got involved in human rights in the […]

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Academic highlight: Jacobi & Rozema on predicting outcomes based on interruptions at oral argumentSavvy litigators can often guess the outcome of a Supreme Court case by observing the oral argument. But it might also be possible to make that kind of prediction scientifically, through empirical analysis of the justices’ interactions with the advocates and with each other. In a recent paper, Tonja Jacobi and Kyle Rozema studied oral arguments from […]

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