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From democracies to authoritarian regimes, government policies can have life and death stakes for citizens. Pulitzer Center stories tagged with “Politics” feature reporting on elections, political corruption, systems of government and political conflict. Use the Pulitzer Center Lesson Builder to find and create lesson plans on politics.

 

Venezuela: Easing Restrictions While COVID-19 Cases Go Up

After two-and-a-half months of quarantine, Venezuelan authorities approved a plan to ease restrictions and resume activities in eight economic sectors, starting June 1st. However, Venezuela does not meet the public health criteria set by the World Health Organization to ease lockdown restrictions safely.

Biden Still Wants to Close Guantánamo Prison

The Obama administration ran into a wall of political opposition when it tried to close Guantánamo Prison. The former vice president rarely brings up the topic and has yet to draw up a strategy but says he shares the goal.

Valley of Unrest

There are now nearly one million Indian troops stationed in Kashmir—more than at the height of the insurgency in the Nineties. The Muslim-majority region and its residents face a rising tide of Hindu nationalism.

The 1857 Project: Extracting the Poison of Racism From America’s Soul

In its spring 2020 print issue, GJR explores the history of race in the Land of Dred Scott. Call it the 1857 project because one of the most important chapters in the nation’s story occurred here with the Dred Scott decision reading blacks out of the Constitution and the Lincoln-Douglas debates the next year over whether America could endure part slave and part free. 

The 1857 Project

The 1857 Project tells the story of race in St. Louis, Missouri, and Illinois. The 1857 Dred Scott decision denying blacks humanity and the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates were the prelude to Civil War.

Outbreak: Africa’s Data Journalism Alliance Against COVID-19

African scientists, researchers, and data journalists come together to focus on the big picture of coronavirus in Africa, identifying the most vulnerable communities and analyzing the healthcare system.

Ukraine's War: Lives Frozen By Conflict

Paula Bronstein's focus is Ukraine's vulnerable, fragile elderly population trapped by an endless war that sees their lives frozen by conflict, impoverished, living in dilapidated homes.

The Orange Areas of Central India

Over 1.5 million people in central India live in the crossfire of a 50-year old land dispute between two government departments over who governs lands known as Orange Areas.

Battle to the Ballot Box

Voter suppression, harsh voter ID laws, and voter disenfranchisement are on the rise. How does this affect the competitive Democratic primary and United States' most-watched election?

After Dictatorship

The world watched in awe as the Sudanese people brought about the downfall of long-time dictator Omar al-Bashir in April 2019. Can Sudan now excavate itself from 30 years of dictatorship?

Broken Justice

Can an attorney handle more than 100 criminal cases at a time? That's the reality for a public defender like Jeff Esparza, who represents defendants unable to afford their own lawyers in Kansas City.

Is Israel a Dying Democracy?

The famous line about Israel is that it's "the only democracy in the Middle East." But the foundation of its liberal democracy are crumbling — and may be in worse shape than most people understand.

Southeast Asia in the Strongman Era

The "new authoritarianism" is on the rise in Southeast Asia, personified by Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines and Thailand's Prayuth Chan Ocha. Are they not just the present, but the future as well?

Meet the Journalist: Amy Maxmen

The Democratic Republic of the Congo experienced the second largest Ebola outbreak in history. Journalist Amy Maxmen and photographer John Wessels report on challenges in the response.

Meet the Journalist: Sim Chi Yin

Photographer Sim Chi Yin speaks on the thinking and impulse behind making the latest chapter of her ongoing project "Shifting Sands," a visual investigation of the global depletion of construction sand.

Meet the Journalist: Ben Mauk

Ben Mauk on his cover feature "Mountain of Tongues" and his travels through the "Lost Nation" in the Russian Caucasus—discussing the long-awaited coming home of the Circassians.

Meet the Journalist: Sam Eaton

Environmental journalist Sam Eaton discusses his deep dive reporting trip along Brazil’s violent “arc of deforestation” to explore the crucial question: Can we save the Amazon, so it can help save us?

Back to School: Catching up with the World

At the start of the school year, students might want to discuss global issues that arose over the summer. This lesson is intended to spark discussion on current events and ways to keep up with them.

'Losing Earth' Curricular Materials

Reading comprehension tools, activities and other resources to bring "Losing Earth," The New York Times Magazine's special issue on climate change, into the classroom and beyond.