The general election is the second phase of the election year. It started with the end of the primaries and ended on November 8, 2016. If Bernie Sanders officially got behind the Hillary Clinton campaign, the same cannot be said of all his supporters. Why, if several of Sanders’ progressive policies got integrated into the […]
The story has three parts that correspond to the three phases of the election year: Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party rigged the primaries, they were punished for this by losing the general election and they then refused to take responsibility for their loss. The first leg describes how Clinton’s victory against Sanders in the Democratic primaries came to be the original sin that set the narrative in motion...
Hundreds of people demonstrated last Monday in Lausanne against the sixth edition of the global Commodities Summit organized by the Financial Times. Trading Paradise, now playing in Swiss theaters, is the third documentary by Swiss director Daniel Schweizer examining the impact of gold and raw materials extraction activities in South America and Africa. His latest documentary sheds crucial light on the human and environmental consequences of the business operated by two giant multinational mining companies based in Switzerland. An interview by Emmanuel Deonna.
Back in 2007-2008, the financial and economic crisis rapidly plunged the world into political, economic and social chaos. The U.S. government and most European countries launched a massive economic stimulus package to rescue banks and quickly boost . The huge costs of economic stimulus packages had short-term benefits for U.S. and European economies but on the other hand drastically inflated their public debts. Needless to say that governments have a bad habit of looking for scapegoats during hard times and struggles, instead of taking responsibilities for their problems...
"I, Daniel Blake" by Ken Loach, which received a Palme d'Or at the Cannes film festival, was awarded the Prix du Public in Locarno. In Ticino, the British film-maker was accompanied by Dave Jones, one of the main actors in the film, and by Louise Osmond, director of the documentary “Versus: The Life and Times of Ken Loach”. A rare opportunity to explore a long career, to discuss his work with "real actors" and the common struggle for social justice in Europe.
Many variables are involved in the messy predicaments in the Middle East, but one way of framing the history and issues of U.S. policy toward the region is in terms of the approaches that have been taken toward so-called rogue regimes. That term, one should hasten to add, obscures more than it enlightens. But it […]
In the recent Upper House election in Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government coalition scored a sweeping victory, despite the Japanese public disapproving virtually all of its signature policies. In her article, Flurina Frei looks into this "Abenigma" and suggests two intertwined reasons that account for it: skillful framing and a lack of alternatives. Throughout the electoral campaign, Abe diverted public attention from his revisionist agenda, which he knows is toxic to mainstream voters. An opposition in disarray, unable to provide the electorate with an alternative policy platform, allowed the Prime Minister to get away with this strategy and further facilitated an electoral victory.
Yes, the Leave campaign was dishonest and some have argued criminally irresponsible; but are British pro-Europeans blameless, asks Eunice Goes? Political parties have for years avoided any discussion on the positive aspects of the EU, they rarely explained how the UK benefits from EU investment, all while the Eurosceptic press was capitalising on fictitious stories about migration and sovereignty. It is this culture of embarrassed pro-Europeanism that made the toxic, and in the end victorious Leave campaign possible.
For Professor Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, the current "Islamization of radicalism" vs. "radicalization of Islam" debate in France misses the more complex dynamics behind the contemporary transnationalization of political violence. The author argues that policy-makers and students increasingly approach international affairs with an impatience for history and multilayered sequences.
The recent demonstrations in the streets of Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, are in many ways similar to the colored revolutions that happened in other parts of Eastern Europe, claims Gjorgji Kostojchinoski. In particular, they share a common characteristic: the opposition of strong counter-protests. In this thought-stimulating piece, the author draws on the concepts of human security and national security to shed light on the phenomenon of counter-revolutions.
We are all constantly negotiating, whether when discussing with friends which restaurant to eat at or when we request extra holiday for working weekends. Negotiation is a way to solve disagreements without having to resort to hitting someone over the head. Even though we regularly take part in bargaining and haggling, the practical study of […]
Tomorrow, on the 21st of March, the spring equinox, is celebrated Iranian and Kurdish New Year, Newroz (in the Kurdish Kurmancî dialect). In Farsi the meaning of the word translates into “new day”1: it is a celebration of life towards a productive new year. Traditions regionally vary, however dances, jumping fire and food are core activities […]
The recent trend in legalization perhaps isn’t surprising, and may only be the result of the slow realization of how much of a failure repressive policies are. Far from decreasing the simultaneous rise of marijuana demand and supply, repressive policies have proved costly, financially and socially speaking. This article ought to substantiate this statement in figures and numbers...
When I first read Tim Cook’s “Message to customers,” I felt on the receiving end of a marketing push. Sure, I agree the government should not be able to read my online diary, and should not be able to weaken encryption for everyone. But the real problem here is that there is not enough available knowledge and understanding of the linkages between technology and society to be able to anticipate the implications of such decisions and decide what is socially desirable and what is not.
The Islamic Republic of Iran recently marked the 37th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution of 1979, which heralded a decisive break in the country’s relationship with the West, especially the United States. Coming ahead of the first post-nuclear deal Islamic Consultative Assembly (parliament) and Assembly of Experts elections this week, which pit relatively pro-Western moderates […]