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Om Marathe


Om Marathe

Om Marathe is a sub-editor at the Indian Express, with interests in foreign policy, law, and engineering. He is a qualified Spanish speaker and keenly observes the Latin American region.

Explained: What is the San Isidro Movement, posing a stiff challenge to Cuba’s authoritarian regime?
Fri, Dec 18, 2020

The Movimiento San Isidro started two years ago to protest state censorship of artistic works, and has now become a platform for Cuban dissidents both within and outside the Caribbean nation.

Explained: What is in France’s draft law against ‘Islamism’?
Fri, Dec 18, 2020

French Prime Minister Jean Castex has said it is “not a text against religion, nor against the Muslim religion”, but against radical Islamism, whose objective, he said, is “to divide French people from one another.”

Explained: What Maduro’s party winning legislative polls means for Venezuela
Tue, Dec 08, 2020

Most opposition parties had boycotted the elections to Venezuela’s National Assembly, calling them rigged.

Explained: The implications as UN removes cannabis from its ‘most dangerous drug’ category
Thu, Dec 10, 2020

Currently in India, the NDPS Act, 1985, illegalises any mixture with or without any neutral material, of any of the two forms of cannabis – charas and ganja — or any drink prepared from it.

India too votes to reclassify as UN decides cannabis not a dangerous narcotic
Sun, Dec 06, 2020

The decision taken by the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) on Wednesday at its ongoing 63rd session will lead to changes in the way cannabis is regulated internationally.

Explained: Who are Pope’s cardinals and what are their functions?
Wed, Dec 02, 2020

Cardinals primarily work as counsellors to the Pope, and many are leaders of the diocese or archdiocese in their home countries. Of the 229, four cardinals are from India.

President’s powers to pardon — in US, India
Sun, Nov 29, 2020

With less than two months of his tenure remaining, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday exercised his powers under the Constitution to pardon Michael Flynn, his former National Security Advisor, who had twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

Explained: The GSA’s role in US presidential transition process
Wed, Nov 25, 2020

Even as he urged his agencies to cooperate in the transition process, US President Donald Trump vowed to continue efforts to overturn the results of the election.

After 5 Presidents in 5 years, Peru without a leader: what led to this crisis?
Tue, Nov 17, 2020

During his two-and-a-half years in power, Vizcarra had amassed wide popularity, especially among the Peruvian youth, as an anti-corruption crusader.

Explained: Why Americans disagree on granting statehood to Puerto Rico & Washington, DC
Thu, Nov 19, 2020

What is the history behind the statehood movements in Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., and why are the country’s top politicians bitterly divided over the issue?

US Election Results 2020: How the US counts its votes, and why it’s taking so long
Sat, Nov 07, 2020

US Election 2020 Results: A look at how the world's oldest democracy counts its votes, and the reason behind the delay in the results.

Explained: What is behind the calls to ‘boycott France’ in Muslim world?
Fri, Nov 06, 2020

Hashtags such as #BoycottFrenchProducts, #MacronApologizeToMuslims and #NeverTheProphet have been trending on social media as a response to "anti-Islam" comments made by France's President Emmanuel Macron.

Explained: Oaxaca, the khadi woven in a Mexico village, which Modi spoke of in ‘Mann ki Baat’
Sat, Oct 31, 2020

Modi made a reference to the region of Oaxaca (pronounced O-aa-ha-ka) in Mexico, where he said khadi was being manufactured.

US Election 2020: Why winning Florida is crucial for Donald Trump
Wed, Nov 04, 2020

Florida is a swing state, and has not displayed a strong fidelity for any one political party in several election cycles. In fact, it has been called America’s 'bellwether state' for accurately predicting the national mood.

Explained: Why Greece wants to extend the wall along its border with Turkey
Wed, Oct 28, 2020

The move is the latest sign of fast deteriorating relations between Greece, a European Union member, and Turkey, a candidate for EU membership.

Explained: What the return of the socialists means for Bolivia
Wed, Oct 21, 2020

The MAS presidential candidate Luis Arce, handpicked by Morales, effectively won the national vote on Sunday after his main rival, the centrist former President Carlos Mesa, conceded defeat.

Explained: How US Supreme Court judges are picked, and the row over Justice Ginsburg’s seat
Sat, Sep 26, 2020

After Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, Republicans are hurrying to push through their nominee at the last moment, as livid Democrats cry breach of precedent.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg death: The Merrick Garland ‘rule’ Democrats want Republicans to uphold
Sun, Sep 20, 2020

How are US Supreme Court judges selected? Why are Democrats worried after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death?

Explained: Why the US celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month every year
Thu, Sep 17, 2020

The observation was started by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week, and was extended to an entire month by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, the year it was enacted into law.

Explained: The law that Trump supporters want him to use if he loses November 3 election
Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Donald Trump, who is trailing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in the presidential polls, has repeatedly cast uncertainty on whether he would accept the election results. “The only way we’re going to lose this election is if the election is rigged,” he said last month.

Explained: ‘The 1619 Project’ in school syllabi that has riled Trump, US right wing
Sun, Sep 13, 2020

Trump recently said he supported the history of slavery being taught in schools, but opposed ‘revisionist history’.

What is the ‘Thin Blue Line flag’, embraced by right wing supporters in the US?
Mon, Sep 07, 2020

According to the Oxford Dictionary, the term "Thin Blue Line" is “used to refer to the police, typically in the context of maintaining order during unrest.”

Explained: What is Lincoln Project, the right-wing group working to oust Trump?
Fri, Aug 28, 2020

Trump has called the Lincoln Project a “disgrace to Honest Abe”, and launched personal attacks against its founders, branding them “RINO Republicans” (short for Republican In Name Only).

Explained: What is Victory in Japan Day, and why it coincides with India’s Independence Day
Sat, Aug 15, 2020

15 August 1945 is remembered in history as Victory in Japan or V-J Day, when Allied forces mark their victory over Imperial Japan during World War II.

Explained: Why Ecuador was angered by a Chinese flotilla near its waters
Mon, Aug 03, 2020

Ecuador has officially expressed its “discomfort” to China over the fishing vessels. The United States, which is already opposing China on multiple fronts, has expressed its support for Ecuador.