Volcanoes are erupting in The Philippines, but on-fire Australia received some welcome rain. The Iran war cries have been called off and The Donald’s military powers are about to be hamstrung by the Senate. Meanwhile, his impeachment trial is starting, and we’re all on Twitter for a front-row seat.
Over-diagnosing democratic decline
With the number of populist leaders down to a 20-year low, and much of what has been called “democratic backsliding” corrected through the electoral process, are reports of democracy’s decline exaggerated?
Opinion: A son kneels for the anthem. A father raises the flag. Both are patriots.
One morning many years ago, my young son wondered why our car was idling in the middle of the road.
McClellan becomes 1st Black woman for Virginia in Congress
Democrat Jennifer McClellan, holding the receipt for a poll tax her father once had to pay tucked into the pages of a family Bible, was sworn into the U.S. House on Tuesday, becoming the first Black woman to represent Virginia in Congress.
Progress in 5 Minutes: Caste as protected category
With Seattle's historic move to ban caste discrimination, along with recently added protections at some US universities, momentum is growing.
What Could Go Right? Love bites (less than it used to)
Over time, we’re dropping the bigotry, oppression, and suffering of marriages of old.
Opinion: The next balloon-type crisis will be harder to deflate
In his State of the Union address, President Biden alluded to the Chinese spy balloon incident in a single line that suggested an effort to contain the spillover from that episode.
What Could Go Right? What do we owe Tyre Nichols?
Transforming a culture of police brutality, bit by bit
What Could Go Right? The global democratic decline that wasn’t
The health of global democracies is more of an open question than we have seen portrayed, says new research.
What Could Go Right? The ozone layer bounces back
Full recovery predicted as early as 2035 for some parts of the world
Opinion: 2023 could be the year that exposes populism for the sham that it is
It’s hard not to be fixated on the drama unfolding in the House of Representatives, where the Republican Party is having a nervous breakdown in full public view.
What Could Go Right? 99 good news stories
2022’s human rights victories, environmental wins, and health and development milestones