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A snap Japanese election

Japan unexpectedly goes to the polls next month, with a faltering economy and an electoral system that’s already been ruled unconstitutional.

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Hong Kong’s struggle for democracy

Hong Kong looks like getting the universal suffrage that Beijing promised, but how democratic it will really be remains to be seen.

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A tale of two elections

Very different elections in El Salvador and North Korea, yet each in its way signals the triumph of democracy.

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Maoists for democracy

China’s communists don’t really have to worry about a rival political party, but there’s an interesting moral in the reports about what a hard-line Maoist faction is up to.

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Mr Abe gets both houses

Shinzo Abe’s government has won a clear majority in Japan’s upper house. That should be good for stable government, but stable government isn’t everything.

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Election roundup time

An occasional feature in which we summarise the latest election news. This week: Albania, Mongolia, Kuwait, Mali and Zimbabwe.

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Whatever happened to North Korea?

North Korea is back in the papers, with talks at both the local and global level sending an optimistic message. Kim Jong-un isn’t likely to give up his nuclear weapons any time soon, but a reduction in tension would be a good thing.

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Another Tiananmen anniversary

Twenty-four years on and the Chinese government still resists any reckoning with the events in Tiananmen Square. Julie Bishop looks like continuing the tradition of Australian appeasement.

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The Dalai Lama gets his gig

Sydney University decides to risk the disapproval of the Chinese government and host a lecture by the Dalai Lama.

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Another look at Israel vs. Iran

Israel, Iran and North Korea. Different nuclear programs, very different reactions.

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