Trump Attempts to Get a Handle on Brexit’s Timing

Jun 07, 2019

As Theresa May’s resignation becomes official, Donald Trump encourages her to “stick around” for a “great” trade deal. US President Donald Trump, like the pussycat in the nursery rhyme, has “been to London to visit the queen.” He even visited another female leader who, under normal...

The Populist Radical Right Is an Electoral Threat That Is Here to Stay
Jun 04, 2019

The Populist Radical Right Is an Electoral Threat That Is Here to Stay

Is Theresa May about to Cry “Mayday”?
May 23, 2019

Is Theresa May about to Cry “Mayday”?

How Will Brexit Affect the Middle East and North Africa?
May 21, 2019

How Will Brexit Affect the Middle East and North Africa?

How Deep Democracy Makes Health Services Healthier

How Deep Democracy Makes Health Services Healthier

May 14, 2019

Despite the incredible work that it does, the high demand for NHS services means the system is under constant pressure. A recent commentary in The Lancet by Helen Epstein discusses research that identifies health improvements and longevity in countries that have transitioned to democracy. The...

To Defeat Terrorism, We Need to Invest in Communities

To Defeat Terrorism, We Need to Invest in Communities

May 09, 2019

Without the delivery of integration work at the local level, any effort to counter extremism is effectively built on a shaky foundation with too much sand in the mix. “Communities Defeat Terrorism” was the tagline when I worked as the head of strategy and policy in the office of the UK’s...

The Shifting Norms that Threaten Our Democracy

The Shifting Norms that Threaten Our Democracy

May 02, 2019

What is behind the shift in norms around racism and the politics of immigration in recent decades? Although many are focused on the daily onslaught against norms under the current US president, from a broader perspective, norms around issues of race and the politics of immigration have clearly...

Dark Visions: The Historical Precursor to Europe’s Radical Right

Dark Visions: The Historical Precursor to Europe's Radical Right

Apr 25, 2019

Euroskepticism is often discussed, particularly in the context of the ongoing Brexit debate, as a right-wing political cause. However, the recent maneuverings of the European authoritarian right ahead of the EU parliamentary elections in May suggest an attempt by the radical right to seize the...

How Malta Weathered the Global Financial Crisis

How Malta Weathered the Global Financial Crisis

Apr 16, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Lawrence Gonzi, the former prime minister of Malta. Nestled in the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and Tunisia, Malta is the smallest member state of the European Union, having joined the bloc in May 2004. A strong economic performance,...

Is Brexit Just an Example of Politicians Following the Fads?

Is Brexit Just an Example of Politicians Following the Fads?

Apr 09, 2019

As the plot continues to thicken with no denouement in sight, Brexit is keeping the entire world on tenterhooks. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains.  Like the classic silent film serial Perils of Pauline, Brexit has turned into a never-ending series of cliff-hanging news cycle episodes...

A Rich River of Life: The Importance of Free Movement

A Rich River of Life: The Importance of Free Movement

Apr 08, 2019

In a fair world, freedom of international movement would be a fundamental human right, and the obstacles put in its way removed. The complex river of human movement brings with it creativity, resilience and, sometimes, challenges. But its fertile depths are the source of many of our gains if...

The Sharp Horns of the Brexit Dilemma Keep Getting Sharper

The Sharp Horns of the Brexit Dilemma Keep Getting Sharper

Apr 04, 2019

The Brexit melodrama has had the merit of exposing how political decision-making takes place, or more accurately how it is prevented from taking place. In an article on April 3, The Guardian highlights (in an earlier edition) not only the quandary of British Prime Minister Theresa May, but also...

History Is Having a Fit over National Leadership across the Globe

History Is Having a Fit over National Leadership across the Globe

Mar 28, 2019

Are there any nations today — with the possible exception of China — not struggling with what must be called a fitness problem they have no answer for? As the situation in Algeria continues to evolve and accelerate, Al Jazeera reports that “Algeria's army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah has called...

The Mood of Brexit Is More than a Grammatical Problem

The Mood of Brexit Is More than a Grammatical Problem

Mar 27, 2019

The grammar of Brexit, stuck for two years in the subjunctive mood, is now aiming at a shift of moods thanks to Wednesday’s indicative vote. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary reports. Anyone who has studied the grammar of any language in a classroom at any point in their life may remember the...

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