Britain May Back Boris to Get Brexit Done

Dec 10, 2019

Just days before the December 12 election, The Guardian’s opinion poll tracker finds the Tories to “have a significant lead” over Labour even as support for the Liberal Democrats and the Brexit Party has slumped. In recent years, opinion polls have been notoriously unreliable. Rob Watson,...

The Climate Within the Brexit Election
Dec 10, 2019

The Climate Within the Brexit Election

In Britain’s Election, the Future of Human Rights Is at Stake
Dec 09, 2019

In Britain’s Election, the Future of Human Rights Is at Stake

Britain Faces a Historic Election
Dec 09, 2019

Britain Faces a Historic Election

The UK Election: What About Foreign Policy?

The UK Election: What About Foreign Policy?

Dec 09, 2019

In the frenzy and fury of yet another UK election that whirls and swirls around Brexit, our politicians are dancing in a conga line of counter-accusations, misinformation and outright lies. Savvy political pundits and sage pollsters assess and debate the direction of travel of the conga line. And...

Germany’s East-West Divide Fuels the Far Right

Germany’s East-West Divide Fuels the Far Right

Nov 28, 2019

In September, citizens of the former East German states of Brandenburg and Saxony headed to the polls to elect their new legislatures. The results were, on the one hand, a breath of fresh air for traditional parties, in particular the Social Democrats (SPD) who, following a series of disastrous...

The Guardian’s Bombshell and Jeremy Corbyn’s Wounds

The Guardian’s Bombshell and Jeremy Corbyn’s Wounds

Nov 27, 2019

Although their arsenals are clearly non-nuclear, the popular media across the English-speaking world have acquired a taste for bombarding their readers with “bombshells.” Prime offenders in the US are MSNBC, CNN and Fox News but also the staid Gray Lady herself (The New York Times). In the UK,...

Britain’s Practice of Unsafe Politics

Britain’s Practice of Unsafe Politics

Nov 18, 2019

The Brexit virus has infected the Brits and destroyed their natural immune system.   Opportunistic infections and cancers now thrive in the weakened British political metabolism and have enabled Boris Johnson to come to power, and other unnatural organisms to flourish. Brexit Party...

Fearing a Labour Victory, Britain’s 1% Threaten to Go on Strike

Fearing a Labour Victory, Britain’s 1% Threaten to Go on Strike

Nov 04, 2019

Halloween has passed, the date at which British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised Brexit would be finalized. The suspense continues and will shortly attain a new level of intensity as the British electorate prepares for what will certainly be the most hyperreal UK general election in the...

New Cracks in the Global Far Right?

New Cracks in the Global Far Right?

Oct 31, 2019

In a remarkable confluence of events, the right-wing national leaders of the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel find themselves, at least for a brief historical moment, besieged by criticism and stark political dangers. In the US, President Donald Trump is facing a more serious...

An Election Brings Abkhazia Back into Focus

An Election Brings Abkhazia Back into Focus

Aug 23, 2019

The disputed existence of the breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia has come into focus again in the context of the ongoing diplomatic dispute between Russia and Georgia and the August anniversary of the 2008 Russo-Georgian War. Abkhazia remains at the heart of discussions because...

American Liberals, Beware of Your Enchantment With Sweden

American Liberals, Beware of Your Enchantment With Sweden

Aug 02, 2019

For most Western Europeans, Sweden is nothing exceptional — a relatively small country, in terms of population, on the periphery of the continent. In the 1960s and 70s, Sweden was notorious for its sexual permissiveness. In Germany, for instance, in the 1970s, “erotic” movies had instant...

Johnson Can Bring the Country Down With Him in One Final Fail

Johnson Can Bring the Country Down With Him in One Final Fail

Jul 26, 2019

All eyes are focused these days on Boris Johnson, the new prime minister of the United Kingdom.  But that’s not the most important news this month out of Britain. The Labor Party has finally come around to opposing the country’s exit from the European Union, though it’s possibly a case of...

Will Boris Johnson Be the New Face of Britain?

Will Boris Johnson Be the New Face of Britain?

Jul 17, 2019

Boris Johnson, the former UK foreign secretary who is expected to replace Prime Minister Theresa May, earned his right to reign over the presumably final act of Brexit by becoming a media superstar. Adept at multiple roles to keep his audience entertained, in a recent performance he even donned the...

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