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Trump is being sued to stop him from shrinking Bears Ears national monument by 85 percent. Who will win?

On Thursday, President Trump announced that he would slash the size of Utah’s newest national monument, Bears Ears, shrinking by 85 percent land that President Barack Obama had declared protected in 2016. In response, five Indian tribes sued over Trump’s move in federal court. The tribes claim significant ancestral ties to this land and oversee […]

Why bitcoin’s success could be its downfall

Digital currencies have been front-page news as the value of bitcoin, the most popular of the cryptocurrencies, continues to surge, albeit with wild fluctuations. Bitcoin backers argue that once digital currencies become widely used, governments will be unable to destroy them — users simply won’t allow it. This view falls short on two points. First, […]

The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winner wants to ban nuclear weapons. Here’s why the U.S. is opposed.

On Sunday, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) received the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. ICAN won the prize “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.” Beatrice Fihn, the […]

The 2017 TMC Holiday Gift Guide

Happy holidays! ’Tis the season for grading exams, frantically revising articles for submission and answering countless emails with every professor’s favorite phrase: “It’s on the syllabus.” While we at The Monkey Cage can’t do much about your favorite academic’s end-of-semester woes, we do have ideas if you’re searching for a gift that is perfect for anyone who […]

U.N. peacekeepers were killed in Congo. Here’s what we know.

On Thursday, according to the United Nations, at least a dozen peacekeepers were killed and dozens more wounded in an attack on the U.N. peacekeeping mission, known by the acronym MONUSCO, in Congo. So far, we know little — but what we do seem to know sketches a daunting picture. According to local and U.N. […]

Trump’s rhetoric on Jerusalem tells us a lot about what kind of Israeli-Palestinian proposal he’ll deliver

This week, President Trump declared that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. As expected, the move drew praise from Israel’s right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and condemnation from a variety of Arab and Palestinian leaders. What will this decision mean for the possibility that the U.S. could lead negotiations toward a […]

Sleep, ‘Jerusalem, Pt. 1’: The Week In One Song

President Trump moves to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, potentially throwing the region into further turmoil.  

New survey report raises alarms for freedom of speech in Malawi as protests loom

Malawi’s most prominent civil society group, the Public Affairs Committee, is organizing peaceful protests nationwide on Wednesday. The protests have been endorsed by multiple faith associations, including the Catholic Church, the Evangelical...Show More Summary

What’s behind the Islamist protests in Pakistan?

Three weeks of protests ended in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, on Nov. 26, with the resignation of the country’s federal law minister — a demand of the hard-line Islamist protesters. The country’s major English-language newspaper termed the deal a “capitulation” and “a devastating blow to the legitimacy and moral standing of the government and all state […]

Exactly how male-dominated are central banks? Here are the numbers.

At the beginning of November, President Trump decided to replace Janet L. Yellen, despite a widely heralded term, with her colleague Jerome Powell. Yellen has been the first female chair of the Federal Reserve. Nominating Powell restored the Fed’s century-long practice of male leadership. In that, the Fed is hardly unique. Diversity is lacking in the top […]

The International Criminal Court is set to investigate alleged U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan

The decision by the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to seek an investigation into alleged war crimes perpetrated by U.S. military forces and the CIA in Afghanistan has been widely described by some observers and legal scholars as a brave step toward global justice. But as diplomats, advocates and interested observers gather […]

Congress just averted a government shutdown — but maybe not for long

Once again, a government shutdown is conceivable. This occasioned some hurried voting Thursday and a meeting between President Trump and congressional leaders. To understand how we got here, and what might happen next, I sat down with two experts, Sarah Binder of George Washington University and the Brookings Institution and Molly Reynolds of Brookings. John: […]

Three things to know about Trump’s Jerusalem gambit

President Trump announced a radical departure in U.S. Middle East policy on Wednesday by declaring the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This recognition fulfilled a campaign promise and delivered on a long-standing Israeli demand, while infuriating Palestinians, Arabs and most of the international community. Although it will take years for […]

The U.K. is in Brexit trouble. It can’t decide whether to be closer to the E.U. or to the U.S.

The United Kingdom has now used up more than half the time it had to agree on an exit deal with the European Union, once it decided to leave in the Brexit referendum. The deadline to wrap up the negotiations is March 29, 2019. First of all, the U.K. has to decide the terms under which it […]

Lebanon’s economic dependence on Saudi Arabia is dangerous

Last month, Lebanon’s prime minister, Saad Hariri, resigned in Saudi Arabia — only to later rescind his resignation. This sparked fear of a Saudi-backed war against Hezbollah, Iran’s Lebanese ally. Riyadh has few local military assets to confront the Shiite movement but could strangle Lebanon’s small open economy. Lebanon is deeply reliant on capital inflows […]

This explains how social media can both weaken — and strengthen — democracy.

The past year has seen a flood of concern about how social media can undermine democracy. And yet not too long ago, after the Arab Spring, social media was being hailed as a “liberation technology” that would help spread democracy. How can this be? In a recent ungated article in the Journal of Democracy, we […]

In Germany, Merkel’s center-right party may be trying to form a government with the center-left. That could be a problem.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is trying to form a government, but her party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) does not have enough seats. She started negotiations with the leaders of three smaller parties, which broke down on Nov. Show More Summary

These are the conservative legal groups behind the Masterpiece Cakeshop case

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in which baker Jack Phillips is arguing that his deeply held evangelical Christian beliefs should exempt him from having to bake a cake for the wedding of two men — even though his refusal to serve them violated Colorado’s anti-discrimination law. To better […]

Yes, the Kremlin is worried — about Russia’s own presidential elections

It’s a foregone conclusion that Vladimir Putin will win Russia’s March 2018 presidential elections, so why is the Kremlin fretting about turnout? And how is Russia’s big business supposed to help get people to vote? Here’s what’s going on. Russia’s Central Election Commission is expected to formally kick off the campaign season sometime in mid-December, […]

This is why Irish politicians are frustrated with the U.K.’s Brexit negotiations

As Henry Farrell noted here on Monday, Brexit talks are in real danger of collapse. Britain is impatient to move past the first phase of negotiations, so it can talk about its future European Union trading relationship. But the Irish border has become a major sticking point. As I (together with Paul Taggart, Kai Oppermann, […]

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