Politics

A Toxic Legacy Hangs Over Scotland’s Brexit War

Thatcher - Bloomberg

A child of the Thatcher years, nationalist leader Nicola Sturgeon evokes some bitter memories. Rodney Jefferson and Thomas Penny Bloomberg There’s always one politician who can inflame passions in Scotland, even if she does it from the grave. Margaret Thatcher may A Toxic Legacy… Read More »

Golden Dawn are Nazis, plain and simple

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Let’s clear up the ‘patriot’ myth, once and for all… Nikos Fotakis Neos Kosmos One of the things known to anyone with a Facebook account – or rather, with an internet connection, really – is that there’s no point in… Message boards, Facebook groups and the comment sections of media outlets are known to be the battleground for… Golden Dawn are… Read More »

Utopian thinking: to ‘take back control’ of England, we must find out who owns it

UK - The Guardian

Secrecy surrounds much of the country’s land ownership. Guy Shrubsole The Guardian It’s time for the Land Registry database to be completed and opened up to all The ownership of… Utopian thinking: to… Read More »

Is The Democratic Party Going Extinct?

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Today’s Democratic Party is hollowing itself out to progressive ideology—and leaving moderate and historically liberal voters behind. Dominic Lynch The Federalist Donald Trump’s populist victory has turned conventional political wisdom on its head. Going into the… Is The Democratic… Read More »

The G20: a necessary evil that can deliver some benefits

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Surprisingly there is one issue on which US President Donald Trump and his many progressive critics around the world could find common ground. Danny Bradlow The Conversation While their reasons will differ, they all question whether the current arrangements for global economic governance remain fit for purpose. For years, politicians… The G20: a… Read More »

Spreading racism only helps extremists

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While the majority of people in the world do not know anything about Dutch politicians, parties or general politics, the recent election pitting far-right politician Geert Wilders, running on an anti-immigration ticket, against… Abdulrahman Al-Rashed Arab News It was no secret that racists were expected to win the election, but they were defeated. In the Arab… Spreading racism only… Read More »

In Donald Trump’s fantasy world, hints of reality are dawning

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From the travel ban to healthcare to Nato funding, the president is realising that there are limits to the power of his… Matthew d’Ancona The Guardian The great philosopher-novelist Umberto Eco once declared that we will always come up against “the hard core of Being” and the “lines of resistance” that tell us when we are talking rubbish, or… In Donald Trump’s…  Read More »

NATO logic: British troops in Estonia, good. Russian soldiers in Russia, bad

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Supporters of NATO believe American, British and German soldiers being sent to Russia’s borders is “defensive.” But the Kremlin’s counter moves are aggressive. Bryan MacDonald RT This delusion could be dangerous. George Bernard Shaw… NATO logic: British… Read More »

The Other Women’s Movement

Supporters cheer Republican candidate for President Donald Trump as he campaigns at Dorton Arena Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 in Raleigh N.C. It's the final day before Election Day. (Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS via Getty Images)

They voted for Donald Trump. Cathy Young Foreign Policy Their European sisters are supporting nationalist movements of their own. And they’re not… The Other Women’s… Read More »

‘Carbon neutral’ forest resource grab: A corporate detour in climate change race

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The Coalition Government can’t resist the logging industry, subsidising the destruction of forests as “carbon neutral” at the expense of pesky wind, solar or other annoying competitors. Frances Pike Independent Australia SUBSTITUTING wood biomass, burning it with coal and calling it “renewable energy” just because trees regrow, doesn’t make it carbon neutral. Instantly the combustion… ‘Carbon neutral’ forest… Read More »

France: The Taboo of Muslim Racism and Anti-Semitism – Part II

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Meklat’s tweets, threatening women, gay celebrities and Jews, were shared by around a million on social networks. Yves Mamou Gatestone Institute Then whole country discovered what the most “integrated” young Muslims had on their minds. The scandal is… France: The Taboo… Read More »

Surrendered to populism, Germany increases anti-Turkey sentiment

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As the German state pursues supporting any anti-Turkish propaganda, the tension between the two countries will continue to escalate Sumeyra Kelles Yerkel Daily Sabah The general elections are approaching in Germany and it is interesting to see how the rhetoric of German politicians has become more and more populist with each passing day. This is observable… Surrendered to populism… Read More »

A Brexit lexicon

May - Politico

A mighty messy departure — from A to Z. Tunku Varadarajan Politico After months of dithering and unkempt debate, the British government has announced that it will seek to commence formal divorce proceedings later this month, giving effect to the referendum in which a wispy majority of Brits… A Brexit… Read More »

Paul Keating: Only a reckless government would raid super for housing

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Countries get one chance in history of putting into place a savings retirement scheme on the scale of the Australian superannuation… Paul Keating The Sydney Morning Herald The right conditions had to be there: a government which saw the need, a policy-induced surge of productivity to pay for it and an… The system is the envy of the developed… Paul Keating: Only… Read More »

Meritocracy: the great delusion that ingrains inequality

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From Theresa May to Donald Trump, our leaders sell it as a utopian system of fairness – but ‘merit’ has been manipulated to privilege the wealthy Jo Littler The Guardian “We must create a level playing field for American companies and workers!” shouted Donald Trump in his first address to Congress last month, before announcing that tighter immigration controls would take the form of a… Meritocracy: the great… Read More »

Can social media, loud and inclusive, fix world politics?

Social Media - The Conversation

The Conversation Global’s new series, Politics in the Age of Social Media, examines how governments around the world rely on digital tools to exercise power. Rania Fakhoury The Conversation Privacy is no longer a social norm, said Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2010, as social media took a leap to bring more private information into the public domain. But what does… Can social media… Read More »