As Donald Trump retakes the lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, his plan to build a separation barrier along the 3,144-km stretch between the US and Mexico is again in the spotlight. Separation barriers, it turns out, are in vogue these days: more than 45 now exist and more than half of them have been built since 9/11. These ten countries are the current kings of wall-building.
Previously on ‘Politics’
As Nursultan Nazarbayev secured another five years in Kazakhstan’s highest office, we found out how his 25-year tenure compares to other long-lasting world leaders.
In Delayed Gratification #19, we dissect the UK’s general election in a series of infographics and data visualisations. As part of our coverage, we worked through the more than 150,000 words contained in the manifestos of the five biggest parties (and on the infamous Ed Stone) to find out which themes preoccupied them most: here are the results.
This infographic is taken from issue #19 of Delayed Gratification. For our full 10-page infographic extravaganza on the UK’s general election, buy the issue in our shop.
On 10th December 2014, 100,000 people in Ireland marched in protest of newly introduced water charges. But what preceded the demonstrations and how did they lead to a week of candlelit vigils in Buncrana for hunger-striking protesters? Here’s the story of how the Irish water crisis came to a boil, in numbers.
Following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014, its military became increasingly assertive abroad. We mapped the 14 ‘high-risk’ and ‘serious’ incidents in which Russia came too close for comfort to Western targets in the eight months following the annexation, as compiled by the European Leadership Network.
Back in December 2014, Denmark submitted its claim to the North Pole at the United Nations. Here’s how their claim compares to those of the other countries who planted their flag in the Arctic.
EU foreign ministers said on Monday that they will keep economic sanctions against Russia in place. The Russian government, they said, had not yet taken sufficient steps to implement the Minsk Protocol, a peace deal between Ukraine, Russia and pro-Russian separatists from eastern Ukraine.
In August, Russia proved that two can play that game when they imposed their own set of sanctions, blocking agricultural imports from the EU, the US and several other countries. But what did the Russian people stand to lose from the ban? Using EU export data, we calculated the annual number of beef stroganoff servings denied to them under the sanctions.
On Saturday Sir Mark Thatcher, son of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, unveiled a bust of the Iron Lady on the Falkland Islands. The statue will be an irritant for the Argentinian government, which still claims sovereignty over the islands it calls Las Malvinas.
When Thatcher died in April 2013, we analysed 13 lead editorials published on the day after her death. As it turns out, the 1982 Falklands War is what she was most remembered for. Here are the other themes that make up the Iron Lady’s legacy.
On Monday, John Tory ended Rob Ford’s four-year tenure as mayor of Toronto. In issue #13 of Delayed Gratification, we traced the controversial Canadian mayor’s approval ratings over a year punctuated by conflict of interest charges, crack cocaine videos, shocking statements to journalists, and his knocking over of a female councillor. Here’s how Ford’s troubled year compares to Clinton’s year of Lewinsky and Nixon’s year of Watergate.
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