Rent control on ballot as California seeks a fix for housing costs
The startling dimensions of California’s housing crisis take shape through numbers. The state needs to add an estimated 3.5 million new housing units by 2025 to satisfy demand as the population grows. The proposed solutions, on the other hand, elicit conflicting opinions as reflected by the expensive fight over a ballot measure to remove restrictions on rent control that California voters will decide Nov. 6.
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“It is ... disheartening to observe that not even one of the African leaders in attendance [at the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations] plucked up the courage to speak poignant truths to the superpowers...,” writes Afam Nkemdiche.
Brazil's election: What's at stake?
Congressman Jair Bolsonaro had an unexpectedly strong showing in the first round of Brazil’s presidential election earlier this month. How did a veteran politician cast himself as the outsider who could save the country? The Social Liberal Party candidate has made a name for himself by praising the nation’s former dictatorship and its use of torture.