Nicholas Kerr

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How the GOP Rigs Elections

On a quiet, tree-lined street in Racine, Wisconsin, in a neighborhood known as the Danish Village for its Scandinavian ancestry, sits a two-story …

Government

UW prof defends his study that found voter ID law deterred thousands from voting

University of Wisconsin-Madison political science professor Ken Mayer released results of a study this fall that found changes to the state’s voter …

Five ways to fix statistics

COMMENT<p>As debate rumbles on about how and how much poor statistics is to blame for poor reproducibility, <i>Nature</i> asked influential statisticians to …

If Americans Can Find North Korea on a Map, They’re More Likely to Prefer Diplomacy

Most Americans could not identify the country in a survey, and those people tended to view military action more favorably.

'Treacherous shenanigans' - The inside story of Mugabe's downfall | Reuters

HARARE (Reuters) - Inside State House in Harare, Robert Mugabe was in the tightest spot of his 37-year rule. Tanks were on the streets and troops had occupied the state broadcaster, from where the army had announced it had taken control of Zimbabwe.<p>FILE PHOTO: President Robert Mugabe listens to his …

100 Notable Books of 2017

<i>The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. This list represents books reviewed since Dec.</i> <i>4</i><i>, 201</i><i>6</i><i>, when we published our previous Notables list.</i><p><b>Fiction & Poetry</b><p><b>AMERICAN WAR.</b> <i>By Omar El Akkad. (Knopf, $26.95.)</i> This haunting debut novel …

Books

Measuring the effects of partisanship on pie-eating

THANKSGIVING is supposed to be a time for families to gather together, forget their differences and feast on turkey and pumpkin pie. The Automobile …

Baking

A Wave of New Fiction From Nigeria, as Young Writers Experiment With New Genres

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim was bracing for a backlash when he published his provocative debut novel, “Season of Crimson Blossoms,” in Nigeria two years ago. The novel centered on a devout Muslim grandmother who has an affair with a young gang leader in his 20s, and in telling the story of a 55-year-old …

Without Mugabe, is democracy coming to Zimbabwe? Probably not.

On Tuesday, after 37 years of authoritarian rule, Robert Mugabe resigned as president of Zimbabwe. That stunning move — celebrated by lawmakers cheering and citizens dancing in the streets — came after a dizzying series of events. Mugabe’s two most-likely successors — his wife, Grace Mugabe, and …

Africa

Mugabe was no revolutionary. He was obsessed with power and control

Mugabe 1980. Image credit Archives New Zealand via Flickr.In the future, when history is written about Robert Mugabe, it will not be about a black …

The Meaning of Robert Mugabe's Stunning Non-Resignation

The 93-year-old kleptocrat won’t remain the ruler of Zimbabwe for long.<p>Despite mounting calls for his resignation, Robert Mugabe has vowed to stay on as president of Zimbabwe, further extending his nearly four-decade reign in office. The next 48 hours will be crucial, as Mugabe could be impeached …

Human Rights

How Robert Mugabe held on to power for so long

IT WAS the dismissal and flight abroad of Robert Mugabe’s oldest and trustiest lieutenant that finally led to his downfall. Grace Mugabe, the …

Behind Mugabe’s Rapid Fall: A Firing, a Feud and a First Lady

HARARE, Zimbabwe — The rapid fall of Zimbabwe’s president, whose legendary guile and ruthlessness helped him outmaneuver countless adversaries over nearly four decades, probably has surprised no one more than Robert Mugabe himself.<p>For years, he was so confident of his safety — and his potency — …

South Africa

‘Mugabe Must Go’: Thousands in Zimbabwe Rally Against Leader

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans gathered in the capital on Saturday, hooting, whistling and hugging soldiers as they called for President Robert Mugabe to give up power, days after the military placed him under house arrest.<p>In scenes perhaps unthinkable only weeks ago, people …

Arsenal fans in Zimbabwe spotted with 'Wenger Out' placards at anti-Mugabe protest march

Arsenal fans in Zimbabwe were spotted holding aloft “Wenger Out” placards at a protest against Robert Mugabe’s regime in Harare.<p>Thousands of people …

Did Data Mining Influence Kenya’s Annulled Election?

Kenya’s annulled 2017 presidential election was among Africa's most expensive. President Uhuru Kenyatta and main challenger Raila Odinga spent tens …

Commentary: Lessons from Zimbabwe’s coup | Reuters

The speed of events in Zimbabwe this week has taken even experienced Africa watchers by surprise. An effective army takeover; President Robert Mugabe placed under house arrest and his wife – and would-be successor – reportedly fleeing the country.<p>Soldiers stand beside military vehicles outside …

The man who wasn’t there

ON THE morning of October 30th five police vans staked out the Palace of the Generalitat, the part-medieval seat of the government of Catalonia on …

How long can Venezuela avoid default?

THE mere mention of Venezuela should make most investors shudder. Its president, Nicolás Maduro, says that capitalism has “destroyed the planet” and …

Do social media threaten democracy?

IN 1962 a British political scientist, Bernard Crick, published “In Defence of Politics”. He argued that the art of political horse-trading, far from …

Despots are pushing the Arab world to become more secular

DURING Friday prayers the congregation of Muhammad Yousef, a young puritanical preacher in the Egyptian town of Mansoura, once spilled out into the …

Religion

For Zimbabwe, a Coup Isn’t the Answer

There is no doubt that the events of the last 48 hours in Zimbabwe mark the beginning of the end of Robert Mugabe’s reign. The dictator’s 37-year-rule was distinguished by untold suffering, high inflation, shortages of water, electricity and money. Millions of Zimbabweans left the country in search …

Power to the party: Zimbabwe’s coup isn’t a revolution but a consolidation

<i>President Mugabe’s successor may make some economic reforms, but don’t expect ZANU-PF to loosen its grip on power.</i>Former Vice-President Emmerson …

Zimbabwe: Mugabe and military talks continue amid political limbo

Zimbabwe remains in political limbo a day-and-a-half after the military takeover that appears to have put an end to Robert Mugabe’s 37-year grip on power.<p>As talks between Mugabe - who has been confined to his residence in Harare by the army, and senior military officers – entered a second day, …

South Africa

Ta-Nehisi Coates on living, writing, and being black in Trump’s America.

On <b>the most recent episode</b> of my podcast, <b>I Have to Ask</b>, I spoke with Ta-Nehisi Coates, the author of the books <i>The Beautiful Struggle</i>, <i>Between the World</i> …

Voting rights could be the biggest winner in Tuesday's Democratic victories

Ralph Northam and his wife, Pam, vote in Norfolk, Virginia, on Tuesday.Steve Helber/AP<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free …

Government

Six Myths About Choosing a College Major

Many colleges ask you to choose a major as early as your senior year of high school, on your admissions application. Yet there’s a good chance you’ll change your mind. The Education Department says that about 30 percent of students switch majors at least once.<p>Students get plenty of advice about …