Elections

Austria far right freezes out coalition in presidency race

Austria’s far right won more than a third of the vote in the presidential election on April 24 and will face an independent in next month’s run-off, dumping out the country’s two main parties from the post for the first time. It was the Freedom Party’s (FPÖ) best result in a national election after a campaign that… Source: Austria far right freezes out coalition in presidency race – EUROPE Read More »

Viewpoint: How would Trump remove 11 million people from the US?

Lost in the most consistently astonishing US presidential campaign since the 1864 Democrats ran on a platform of conceding the Civil War, is a disturbing question that seems to bring into doubt the very premise of the American experiment. Exactly how would Donald Trump deport 11 million undocumented migrants from the US?.. Source: Viewpoint: How would Trump remove 11 million people from the US? – BBC News Read More »

US primaries: How the US election is changing the global economic debate

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s convincing party wins in the New York primary for their parties’ presidential nomination have accelerated what has already been a contest of historic proportions. What is remarkable isn’t so much the theatrics and personalities but the underlying changes in play… Source: US primaries: How the US election is changing the global economic debate Read More »

Palestine and Israel conflict: Bernie Sanders breaks a taboo

The US Democrat presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, has done it. He has broken a taboo by publicly criticising Israel for its treatment of the Palestinians under its occupation and siege. He is the first political figure in the history of the presidential race to do so, especially as a person of Jewish faith, and just prior to the crucial New York primary, in which the Jewish votes… Source: Palestine and Israel conflict: Bernie Sanders breaks a taboo Read More »

Muslims for Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders is the closest candidate to the aspirations of millions of decent Americans dreaming of a better future.. The dramatic debate between Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in Brooklyn on April 14, in anticipation of the New York primaries on April 19, notwithstanding, the national conversations about the US presidential campaign has become positively… Source: Muslims for Bernie Sanders – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Holding referendums with elections makes political (and financial) sense

If we go ahead with the same-sex marriage and Indigenous recognition referendums, then let’s hold them alongside the election. The weight of history is behind such a move… Source: Holding referendums with elections makes political (and financial) sense – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Kenya: Development, County Governments and the Risk of 2017 Election Violence

ISIOLO, Kenya. Until a decade ago, few ventured beyond Isiolo without armed police escort. A dusty frontier garrison town in central Kenya, it was the gateway into the badlands of Kenya’s former Northern Frontier District. In the last two decades, as Kenya’s economy and politics have liberalised, Isiolo has transformed into a vibrant commercial hub […] Source: Kenya: Development, County Governments and the Risk of 2017 Election Violence | Crisis Group Read More »

Poll: Sanders Erases Clinton’s National Lead

The Vermont senator erases his rival’s national lead in a new poll, even as he struggles to close the delegate gap. Hillary Clinton may have amassed a nearly insurmountable lead in delegates, but rank-and-file Democrats are now virtually split between her and Bernie Sanders over which candidate should be their party’s presidential… Source: Poll: Sanders Erases Clinton’s National Lead – The Atlantic Read More »

Donald Trump and the Borderers

The Republican front-runner’s appeal seems rooted in a distinctive political culture—born in the British borderlands, and still flourishing in America’s southern highlands. Imagine a successful presidential candidate whose political style was “characterized by intensely personal leadership, charismatic appeals to his… Source: Donald Trump and the Borderers – The Atlantic Read More »

The rise of Donald Trump: the psychology motivating voters

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HIS views are bizarre. His words are extreme. His political experience is nil. So why are so many voters in the United States taking Donald Trump seriously? Just one election campaign ago, any other candidate uttering a single one of his authoritarian assertions would have been committing political suicide… Source: The rise of Donald Trump: the psychology motivating voters | CairnsPost Read More »

Time to reform electoral funding laws

EDITORIAL As Australia enters the early stages of what is likely to be a lengthy federal election campaign, it is imperative that all candidates for political office and those behind their party machines commit to exceed, not just meet, the legal requirements on funding disclosures. It is the spirit of those laws that matters most, and the goal is transparency. The fundamental purpose of… Source: Time to reform electoral funding laws Read More »