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The King Who Apologized To His People Abdicated

Montserrat Domínguez | Posted 06.03.2014 | World
Montserrat Domínguez

Older and worn out, the king who once apologized to his people, is now leaving office. By choice, yes, but also driven by the reality of a country that has long stopped considering him untouchable, a time when his crucial role in the transition of the country to democracy is diluted in memory and is not enough to ensure the unconditional support of the people.

Only the Tourists Can Save Thailand

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

One thing that could make a difference would be if the tourists stopped coming, prompting the exchange rate, foreign exchange reserves, and stock market to fall substantially. Perhaps, if there was enough collective pain, the red and yellow shirts would determine that it is in everyone's interest to find common ground.

The USA Has a Monarchy. Let It Have a Glorious Revolution

Robin Koerner | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

This year marks the 1,000th anniversary of political liberty. When the United States began, the tradition in which it was founded was already 762 year...

Monarchy as Metaphor in the Czech Republic

John Feffer | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

There is a party that supports the transformation of the government into a constitutional monarchy, but it has been described as "one of the parties that could fit in an elevator." But the principle of monarchy has appeal beyond the programs of specific parties.

The End of the Papal Monarchy?

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 03.08.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Popes no longer ride the sedia gestatoria. They no longer wear the triple tiara. But other aspects of the monarchy remained firmly in place until the auspicious year 2013.

Why Felipe Must Go

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

Corruption charges have touched almost every political leader in Spain. Yet impunity remains and dominates. Neither the King nor Prince Felipe has publicly denounced this calamitous form of public behavior. What a mediocre show.

Is The Royal Baby Jewish?

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 08.16.2013 | Religion

(RNS) A Royal Bris! A Royal Bar Mitzvah! Hanukkah at Buckingham Palace! From the moment Prince William and Kate Middleton got engaged, a rumor ran ...

Government: It Could Be Worse

Upworthy | Posted 08.01.2013 | Politics

It's hard to believe that there exists a more convoluted system of government than we're currently using, but things were definitely worse back in the...

Monarchy as a Transgender Experience

Francis Levy | Posted 08.28.2013 | Comedy
Francis Levy

A young woman's experience of monarchy (also known to some as menarche) is one of the most important life development stages of his or her life. He ma...

Is the Monarchy Mentality Bad for South Africa?

Estelle Nagel | Posted 07.12.2013 | World
Estelle Nagel

The problem isn't that we have monarchs. The problem is that they are in power because they've succumbed to politics, rather ruling their people. The problem is the belief that monarchs should be above reproach.

Inauguration Shouldn't Be a Coronation

Joe Lauria | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Joe Lauria

A speech on the steps of the Capitol should be enough -- especially for a second term. Tell us what you are going to do and then drive -- or walk -- down Pennsylvania Avenue and start doing it.

God Bless America. God Save the Queen

Robin Koerner | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Whereas Americans find their identity in the future that they are building, the British find their identity in their past -- in the institutions, ideas and even buildings that tell the story of a nation that has always been a work in progress.

The President Is Dead. Long Live the Republic!

Alexander Goerlach | Posted 04.22.2012 | World
Alexander Goerlach

The almost divine head of the German president has (metaphorically) been chopped off, and the political machine has slowed to a standstill. What is the body without its head, the state without the nation, or politics without a common idea?

Prince Philip's Back In Action

AP | Posted 01.17.2012 | World

LONDON -- Queen Elizabeth II's husband has returned to official duties following a heart procedure that saw him spend Christmas in hospital. Prince P...

Equal Treatment For Princes And Princesses?

AP | CASSANDRA VINOGRAD | Posted 12.12.2011 | World

LONDON — Britain's government is pushing its plan to change the rules on royal succession to provide equal treatment for princes and princesses,...

Stage Door: The Shoemaker, Victory

Fern Siegel | Posted 09.24.2011 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Incorporating traumatic events on stage is tricky. In the case of The Shoemaker at the Acorn Theater, it's handled with care.

Andrew Morton On The Royal Wedding And His Upcoming Book | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

With the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton on the near horizon, we caught up with Morton to discuss his upcoming book, William and Kat...

George Washington vs. Barack Obama: A Question of Character

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carol Smaldino

I still have a strange sense of hope for change, but it is not coming from Barack Obama. Rather it is coming from public rumblings that I'm beginning ...

Predicting the Future of the Middle East -- The Easy Way

Avi Spiegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Avi Spiegel

The purely authoritarian regimes in the Middle East can loosely be classified into two categories: monarchies and republics. If you want to know who will be most likely to follow the path of Ben Ali and Mubarak, look at the republics.

Sweden's Royal Family Hit With Nazi Allegations

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Sweden's controversy-plagued royal family has been hit with yet another scandal, with sources alleging that Queen Silvia's father had ties to the Nazi...

"Testify" Performed By Carney - Monarchy Video Look Book

Abe Gurko | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Abe Gurko

Reeve Carney and his band, Carney, just shot this fashion/music video look book for Monarchy Collection featuring the song Testify from the film Machete.

Will the Despot King of Swaziland Last?

Alex Matthews | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alex Matthews

In a country with the world's highest prevalence of HIV and with seven out of ten citizens living in poverty, King Mswati III's lavish lifestyle has provoked outrage.

Aussie PM: We Should Ditch British Monarchy

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia should drop its ties to the British monarchy after Queen Elizabeth II's reign, the prime minister said Tuesday, ...

June 15: King John Signs Magna Carta

Sophie Pollitt-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sophie Pollitt-Cohen

Many people, especially those who write articles on this subject for Wikipedia, would say the Magna Carta is the most influential and important foundation of constitutional law.

Why We Can't Get Enough of the Tudors

S.J. Parris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
S.J. Parris

Why are we compelled to go on retelling the story of this troubled royal dynasty who lived and loved and fought and shagged and chopped off heads half a millennium ago?