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JOHANNESBURG – It has been a quarter-century since apartheid ended, and 23 since the African National Congress took power in South… Ricardo Hausmann Project Syndicate But, as President Jacob Zuma reported in his recent State of the Nation Address, the country’s whites remain in… “White households earn at least five times more than black… Das Knowhow… Read More »

Dictatorships cannot solve African leadership problems

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The election season seems to bring some of the strangest ideas. Maina Kiai Daily Nation It bothers me when supposed intellectuals suggest that Kenya and Africa need benevolent dictators to solve our problems. It bothers me… Dictatorships cannot solve… Read More »

Trouble brewing in Netherlands as Erdogan supporters win first seats in Dutch election

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A TURKISH-DUTCH party has secured its first ever seats in the Netherlands parliament as the Turkey row… KATIE MANSFIELD Express Denk, a party founded by Tunahan Kuzu and Selçuk Öztürk has become the first ever ethic minority party in the Dutch… The party, which has long been accused of being a… Trouble brewing in… Read More »

A political scientist explains how big data is transforming politics

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“Big data makes it easy for candidates to dismiss their opponents.” Sean Illing Vox “Big data revolutionized the way American politicians win elections. In the process, it broke American… This was the central claim in a recent column by NBC’s Chuck Todd and Carrie Dann. The argument is simple enough: Politics “broke” because the… A political scientist… Read More »

Greece: A Democracy in Crisis

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The Greek people have just about reached the limits of their strength. Maria Polizoidou Gatestone Institute The economic situation is tragic. Illegal immigration is… Greece: A Democracy… Read More »

Dutch election: PM Rutte sees off anti-EU Wilders challenge

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s party has won the most seats in parliamentary elections, exit polls… BBC Early results confirmed the exit polls, with his centre-right VVD Party on course for 31 out of 150… Three parties are projected to win 19 seats each: Geert Wilders’ anti-immigration Freedom Party (PVV), the Christian Democrats and the… Dutch election: PM… Read More »

Madame de Tocqueville

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For good reason, there is a never-ending literature about Alexis de Tocqueville, author of Democracy in America, which Harvey Mansfield in the introduction to his own translation calls “the best book ever written on democracy… Michael Barone AEI But there has never been much written on Tocqueville’s wife, born Mary Mottley, a native of England. Now that gap… Madame de Tocqueville… Read More »

How neo-nationalism went global

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For more than ten years, the world has been witnessing a sharp spike in nationalist tensions, coupled with flare-ups in xenophobia and nativism. Karoline Postel-Vinay The Conversation But it took Brexit and the election of Donald Trump to spark a real conversation about the global rise in neo-nationalism. Western European and… How neo-nationalism went… Read More »

What can the Dutch elections tell us about Europe?

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Coming Dutch elections are a prism to understand Europe and tell much about its institutional and cultural crisis. Silvia Mazzini and Kees Jan van Kesteren Al Jazeera News On March 15, the Dutch are going to the polls. An event that… What can the… Read More »

Australia’s discriminatory constitution would allow a Trump-style travel ban

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Donald Trump has signed a second executive order to close America’s borders to nations with large Muslim… George Williams The Sydney Morning Herald Many Australians think we should follow suit, with a Newspoll finding that 44 per cent (or 52 per cent of Coalition voters) supporting such a… The idea has also been backed by prominent politicians including government MP George… Australia’s discriminatory constitution… Read More »

The Fillon affair: France’s sick democracy

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This affair reflects the very essence of a system dominated by ruling elite that serves its own financial interests. Ali Saad Al Jazeera News Ever since Francois Fillon was elected as the French conservative party, The Republicans, candidate for the upcoming presidential elections in May, he has been caught up in a controversy surrounding his wife’s “fake job” as… The Fillon affair… Read More »

Making Athens Great Again

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How does a citizen respond when a democracy that prides itself on being exceptional betrays its highest principles? REBECCA NEWBERGER GOLDSTEIN The Atlantic Plato despaired, but he also pointed the way to renewal. What happens when a society, once a model for enlightened progress, threatens to… Making Athens Great… Read More »

Ousted South Korean leader Park Geun-hye leaves Blue House

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Seoul: Disgraced South Korean leader Park Geun-hye has left the presidential Blue House bound for her private home and facing possible prosecution and jail, two days after a court dismissed her over a… Brisbane Times AAP Park left the compound on Sunday in a motorcade of fast-driving black cars, flanked by police motorbikes, after… Ousted South Korean… Read More »

‘It was a mistake’: Pauline Hanson admits preference error after One Nation vote collapses

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One Nation is set for a disastrous result at the West Australian election, prompting Pauline Hanson to say it was a mistake for the party to enter into a preference deal with the… Matthew Knott The Age With 67 per cent of the vote counted on Saturday night, One Nation was polling just 4.7 per cent of the vote in the WA lower house – far lower than… A Newspoll at the… ‘It was a… Read More »

The 1930s were humanity’s darkest, bloodiest hour. Are you paying attention?

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The 1930s revisited A decade haunted by mass poverty, violent extremism and world war gives us one crucial advantage: the chance to learn the era’s lessons and avoid its… Jonathan Freedland The Guardian Even to mention the 1930s is to evoke the period when human civilisation entered its darkest, bloodiest… The 1930s were… Read More »

Turkey referendum: Dutch are Nazi remnants – Erdogan

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described the Dutch as “Nazi remnants and fascists”, as a diplomatic row grows over a… BBC The Turkish foreign minister was due to speak in the Dutch city of Rotterdam on Saturday in support of a referendum to give Mr… But the rally was banned for security reasons, and the… Turkey referendum: Dutch… Read More »