Angela Merkel’s Political Life in Pictures: The End of an Era

BERLIN — When Angela Merkel became chancellor 16 years ago, George W. Bush was in the White House and Tony Blair was prime minister of Britain. There was no Twitter and no iPhone. Liberal democracy was in seemingly irreversible expansion, with the Orange Revolution having swept Ukraine.

On Wednesday, as Olaf Scholz, Ms. Merkel’s successor, takes over as chancellor, Twitter is a veritable tool of diplomacy, Russian troops are gathering on a divided Ukraine’s border, and democracy itself seems far less certain around the world.

In the intervening years, Ms. Merkel has stood up to President Vladimir V. Putin

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‘No one with power is listening:’ Activists warn redistricting moves in the South threaten Black political power

“The optics are just very obvious,” Hendrickson told CNN. “It’s a perception that there’s a loss of control for Republicans, and we have people of color who are assuming leadership roles and now you are trying to take that power away.”

In Galveston County, Texas, for instance, a map recently approved by the Republican-controlled county board is expected to squeeze out the county’s only Black commissioner. In Lee County, North Carolina, a new map adopted by a 4-3 vote of the county commission reduced the number of minority voters in the county’s only majority-minority district. If it stands, it could … Read More

U.S. bans travelers from 8 African countries to slow COVID-19 variant : NPR

With the emergence of the Omicron variant, the U.S. limits travel from eight African nations. Congress has a big to-do list next month, and Democrats are pushing to pass the “Build Back Better” bill.


Most travelers from eight countries in southern Africa will be barred from entering the U.S. starting tomorrow. The Biden administration announced the new restrictions shortly after the World Health Organization’s designation of omicron as a variant of concern. Joining me now is NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Good morning.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Good morning, Kelsey.

SNELL: As a candidate in March 2020,

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‘A core threat to our democracy’: threat of political violence growing across US | Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stood on the House floor and implored her colleagues to hold Paul Gosar accountable for sharing an altered anime video showing him killing her and attacking Joe Biden.

“Our work here matters. Our example matters. There is meaning in our service,” Ocasio-Cortez said in her speech last week. “And as leaders in this country, when we incite violence with depictions against our colleagues, that trickles down into violence in this country.”

House Republicans heard Ocasio-Cortez’s impassioned plea and responded with a collective shrug. All but three Republican members voted against censuring Gosar and stripping him of his committee

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Duterte, Marcos and political dynasties in the Philippine presidential election : NPR

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his daughter Sara Duterte arrive for the opening of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2018.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his daughter Sara Duterte arrive for the opening of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2018.

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A foiled succession plan, sensational allegations, and a family feud at the pinnacle of power — these are the ingredients in what promises to be a riveting race to succeed outgoing Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.

The no-holds-barred contest scheduled for

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Festus Okoye: How youths can change the narrative in politics

Festus Okoye, the commissioner for information and voter education of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says youths should maximise their numerical strength in elections in order to effect change.

Okoye said this on Thursday while speaking on the topic, ‘Broadening Youth Participation in the Electoral Process’, at a virtual conversation tagged ‘Thursday Talks’.

The virtual conversation, which is held monthly to engage thought leaders, was moderated by Ebuka Franklin, head of news and current affairs, Ogene 98.3 FM.

Speaking at the event, Okoye said since youths possess numerical strength, they need to come together and take their destiny into

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Cable Foundation advocates political awareness among campus journalists

The importance of campus journalism as a tool for deepening democratic consciousness and active participation of youth in politics has been emphasised.

This was the crux of the town hall meeting organised by Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation (CNJF).

The event, which took place on Thursday in Lagos, had students from various higher institutions across the country in attendance.

The town hall meeting was implemented under the Campus Civic Media Campaign (CCMC) of the CNJF, with support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).

Olufemi Atoyebi, programme officer, CCMC, said the aim of the event is to examine the

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APC BoT member, Nkire, threatens to dump party politics in 2023 if party loses in Abia

A member of the National Caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Sam Nkire, has threatened to quit party politics in 2023 if APC failed to take power from the Peoples Democratic Party in Abia State.

Chief Nkire, who is a pioneer leader of Abia State APC caucus said “if nothing was done to correct the joke that took place in the name of congresses in the state, it might leave both the party and the people of Abia State crying, come 2023.”

According to the Abia State-born politician “a situation where the party is handed over to one

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Former Gov of Sokoto, Bafarawa retires from politics after 45 years

Bafarawa, who was the governor of Sokoto from 1999 to 2007, said he no longer has the will to be in active politics.

In an interview with Punch, the former governor said he will never contest for any elective office or accept any political appointment for the rest of his life.

He said, “There was a time I was in politics, the will to do it was there. Now, I don’t have it. I feel I have done my best based on the opportunity given to me and I am grateful for what God has done for me.


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