9/7/2017, Rhys Jones

Populists Are Now Going After Our Democratic Institutions

Populists Are Now Going After Our Democratic Institutions

The lifecycle of the populist movement is well-known. In opposition, where they may whinge at leisure about corrupt elites and the bias media, populists flourish and multiply; but once they win power, they almost always suffer an identity crisis. It’s tough to lambaste the establishment if you are the establishment. Just ask Syriza, the radical… more

7/20/2017, Jacob Kushner

In Germany, Police Seek to Protect Asylum Seekers

In Germany, Police Seek to Protect Asylum Seekers

Last week I wrote about an attack on a refugee housing complex in Altenburg, Germany, in which two baby carriages were set aflame. It occurred just two days after members of a right-wing, anti-immigrant movement called PEGIDA marched through the town. That piece grappled with the question of how Germany—a nation with an unparalleled record… more

7/12/2017, Jacob Kushner

When Refugees Are Terrorized By the German Right Wing

When Refugees Are Terrorized By the German Right Wing

On December 7, 2015, two baby carriages were set on fire at an apartment complex housing refugees in the pristine Thuringia town of Altenburg. Ten refugees, including two infants, suffered from smoke inhalation. The attack came two days after right-wing protesters marched through the town carrying signs that read, “Please continue your flight. There's nowhere… more

6/29/2017, John Washington

In Venezuela, Lessons to be Learned From A Nation in Crisis

In Venezuela, Lessons to be Learned From A Nation in Crisis

A helicopter commandeered by anti-government forces recently attacked the Venezuelan Supreme Court, dropping two grenades, following up with a bellicose YouTube post, and inciting new fears that a coup could be imminent. The attack occurred on the same day President Nicolas Maduro warned that government loyalists “would go to combat” if the regime was toppled.… more

6/7/2017, Rhys Jones

The Pretend Populist of the Brexit Election

The Pretend Populist of the Brexit Election

In April, French polling companies predicted the tightly-contested first round of the Presidential Elections with pin-point accuracy. The current surveys of their British counterparts, by contrast, look like random guesswork. Extrapolating upon the available data, the polling guru Nate Silver has concluded that “anything from a 17-point Conservative win to a 3-point Labour win is… more

5/8/2017, Rhys Jones

Emmanuel Macron, the Populist President

Emmanuel Macron, the Populist President

Marine Le Pen flunked the final debate. Over the course of three hours, she tried to portray her opponent, Emmanuel Macron, as President Hollande Mark 2, as a candidate promising five more years of failure. Voters would prefer her populist confection of anti-elitism, anti-globalism and anti-immigration. It was a flawed tactic. After the debate, her… more

2/15/2017, Nneka Melanie Okafor

Winter Is The Most Dangerous Season for Pets

Winter Is The Most Dangerous Season for Pets

A0970455 was sentenced to die in 12 hours, and, because he was labeled as violent, a reprieve was unlikely. What I saw through the bars wasn't some hardened criminal, but a hard-luck Pug-Beagle mix of tender age—probably a discarded Christmas gift like so many of the others. He appeared underfed and anxious, quivering in a cramped, feces-littered… more

9/9/2016, Miranda Sita

Interactive Map: Investor-State Dispute Settlement

Interactive Map: Investor-State Dispute Settlement

From the 1960s to 2000, corporations brought fewer than 40 cases through Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) tribunals. In the last 15 years, they’ve brought nearly 500. In Shadow Courts: The Tribunals that Rule Global Trade, Haley Sweetland Edwards makes a devastating case that these tribunals, which were designed 50 years ago to protect foreign investors' property rights abroad,… more

7/14/2016, John Washington

Global Exit Right: Brexit Signals the Latest Travel Trend

Global Exit Right: Brexit Signals the Latest Travel Trend

In 2012, when I was ordered out of Mexico for over-extending a student visa, I took a quick trip to Guatemala, flashed my United States of America passport at a guard, paid a one-peso fee, and clacked through a turnstile. In the shadow of the bridge I had just walked over, inner tube rafts loaded… more

6/5/2016, Miranda Sita

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