Struggle for control 2019

United States

In Trump’s Ukraine phone call, aides saw trouble Peter Baker New York Times September 26, 2019

Whistle-blower complaint transcript New York Times September 26, 2019
The complaint filed by an intelligence officer about President Trump’s interactions with the leader of Ukraine.

How the idea that some people are better than others and deserve to rule the country, descended from the ideas of the slave-owners of the South, came to be a central part of the contemporary Republican party, and the implications of this for U.S. democracy.
America holds onto an undemocratic assumption from its founding: that some people deserve more power than others Jamelle Bouie New York Times August 14, 2018

Yes, America is rigged against workers Steven Greenhouse New York Times August 3, 2019 (Opinion)
“No other industrial country treats its working class so badly. And there’s one big reason for that.”

Politicians don’t actually care what voters want Joshua Kalla and Ethan Porter New York Times July 11, 2019
“[For example] in the average legislative district in our experiment, seven out of 10 constituents support eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders. But when legislators were asked how many of their constituents they believed supported such a policy, they responded that fewer than two out of 10 constituents did — even if they’d seen their own constituents’ preferences. “

Trump needs his base to burn with anger Thomas Edsall New York Times July 3, 2019

What happened to America’s political center of gravity? Sahil Chinoy New York Times June 26, 2019

Trump voters driven by fear of losing status, not economic anxiety, study finds Niraj Chokshi New York Times April 24, 2019 Study link.

There are really two distinct white working classes Thomas B. Edsall New York Times June 26, 2019
“One is solidly Republican and will stay that way; the other leans Democratic. And then there are the in-betweeners.”

Uber drivers are contractors, not employees, Labor Board says Noam Scheiber New York Times May 14, 2019

Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation and married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, designated a top Transportation official to coordinate Kentucky transportation projects ahead of McConnell’s reelection campaign. Meanwhile McConnell has blocked consideration in the Senate of an infrastructure bill for all states.
Chao created special path for McConnell’s favored projects Tucker Doherty and Tanya Snyder Politico June 10, 2019

Despite Trump administration denials, new evidence suggests census citizenship question was crafted to benefit white Republicans Tara Bahrampour and Robert Barnes Washington Post May 30, 2019

As bank profits soar, Wall Street’s political spending hits new high Jeff Stein Washington Post April 30, 2019

A former oil and gas lobbyist confirmed as Secretary of the Interior.
Senate confirms Bernhardt as Interior Secretary amid calls for investigations into his conduct Coral Davenport New York Times April 11, 2019

Our democracy is being stolen. It happens through election fraud and voter suppression. And Republicans are the culprits. Carol Anderson New York Times March 14, 2019

This is how AIPAC really works. An AIPAC and Capital Hill veteran explains the lobby’s tactics of reward and retribution M.J. Rosenberg The Nation February 14, 2019

The Voter Suppression State Mimi Swartz New York Times January 31, 2019 (Opinion)
“If it is your goal to keep people of color from the polls, you can once again look to Texas for guidance. ” For one thing, a Republican administration wants to keep people who will likely vote Democratic from voting.

Why the power elite continues to dominate American politics. Presidents of both parties stock their Cabinets with corporate leaders. Timothy M. Gill Washington Post December 24, 2018

Other countries

At least 70 countries have had disinformation campaigns, study finds Davey Alba and Adam Satariano New York Times September 26, 2019

Philippine Vice President, a Duterte foe, Is charged in plot against him Jason Gutierrez New York Times July 19, 2019
“The charges against the 36 people, including Vice President Leni Robredo, several senators and Catholic officials, are aimed at those who have been sharply critical of Mr. Duterte’s war on drugs and other actions, like his crackdown on the news media.”

Turkey’s ruling party is splintering. Here’s why. Yunus Orhan and Ora John Reuter Washington Post July 18, 2019 (Analysis)
“Defections could be a bigger threat to Erdogan’s rule than the recent election losses.”

Details about the Argentinian government’s program to assassinate dissidents. It also shows that the CIA was informed of these assassinations and other “details” as they occurred, without informing the U.S. public. Part of the U.S human rights record.
Declassified U.S. documents reveal details about Argentina’s dictatorship Ernesto Londoño New York Times April 12, 2019

Illustrating the fragility of democracy because of the ability of those in power to subvert democratic norms.
Benin was a robust democracy. Then the new president took power. Sarah Maslin Nir New York Times July 4, 2019

Egypt quietly buries former President Morsi, muting coverage of death Declan Walsh New York Times June 18, 2019

Leaked messages raise fairness questions in Brazil corruption inquiry Ernesto Londono and Leticia Casado New York Times June 10, 2019
“Excerpts from cellphone chats…suggest that Sérgio Moro, the most prominent judge involved in hearing cases in the scandal known as Lava Jato, or Car Wash, consulted with and advised federal prosecutors on strategy as they took on towering political figures in recent years.”

Sudan ousted a brutal dictator. His successor was his enforcer. Declan Walsh New York Times June 15, 2019

Under Modi, a Hindu nationalist surge has further divided India Jeffrey Gettleman, Kai Schultz, Suhasinin Raj and Hari Kumar New York Times April 11, 2019

‘It’s time to break the chains.’ Algerians seek a revolution. Adam Nossiter New York Times March 24, 2019

A large crowd of people demonstrating against the Algerian government of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika who is seeking to remain in power after 20 years of continuous rule.
A scene from a February 2019 demonstration against the Algerian government of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika who is seeking to remain in power after 20 years of continuous rule. Credit : Tin Hinane El Kadi

Algeria’s uprising: The beginning of the end of ‘Le Pouvoir’? Tin Hinane El Kadi  Review of African Political Economy March 21, 2019

Tens of thousands protest Algerian leader’s quest for a fifth term Sudasarn Raghavan Washington Post March 1, 2019

Egypt to throw out term limits in move to keep Sissi in power at least 12 more years Sudarsan Raghavan Washington Post February 13, 2018

As Thai pro-military party celebrates election lead, so do its opponents Hannah Beech and Muktita Suhartono New York Times March 25, 2019

A military dictatorship like no other: In Thailand, the army proposes and the king disposes. Not the other way around. Eugénie Mérieau New York Times February 9, 2019

Casting their votes by voting their caste. In India, old class divisions still rule local politics. Ruchir Sharma New York Times February 2, 2019

Ethiopia, the second largest country in Africa, has major ethnic groups with the country divided into 9 ethnically based regional states.  The present government assumed power in 1995 and has maintained itself in power though elections whose fairness has been contested.  There has been a significant amount of protests against government policies and repression. This led to the establishment of a new president Abiy Ahmed, who has worked to resolve tensions, as described in this article.
Protest, oppression and revolution in Ethiopia Mebratu Kelecha Review of African Political Economy January, 2019

Bangladesh’s farcical vote. Prime Ninister Sheikh Hasina probably didn’t need to cheat to win re-election. So why did she? The Editorial Board New York Times January 14, 2019

Nicaraguan supreme court justice slams his former ally, President Ortega Frances Robles New York Times January 14, 2019

Congo president didn’t run for election, but he is still in control Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura New York Times January 14, 2019
He lost the election (his candidate finished a distant third) but still maintains control.

Congo says Felix Tshisekedi won election, rebuffing independent review Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura New York Times January 9, 2019
“Still, however malleable the declared winner, Felix Tshisekedi, may seem to Mr. Kabila, he was not his first choice. Mr. Kabila had backed a top aide to succeed him. The election commission’s early-morning announcement amounted to a startling official admission that Mr. Kabila’s candidate had suffered a defeat so big that his government — in power for 18 years — could not simply hand him the presidency without risking widespread violence and international condemnation.”

Coup attempt in Gabon is thwarted, government says Dionne Searcey New York Times January 7, 2019

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