Politics

A Socialist foreign policy for America

Mar
22
Jonathan Power

Even if Joe Biden comes out on top to face Donald Trump for the presidency, Senator Sanders has already pushed the Democratic Party to left. That is all to the good. Biden needs to be more critical of capitalism, more prepared to encourage unionism among workers and more prepared to push for universal health coverage, more taxes for the wealthier classes, among many other things

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The day Gandhi died. Memories of a 10-year-old Indian boy

Mar
22
Kersi Rustomji

That fateful day January 30 1948 on which Gandi was shot and killed, a 10-year-old boy was wondering alone unaccompanied in the huge and dangerous city of Bombay. He was soon caught in the drama that was to grip all India. On these pages Kersi Rustomji, now in Sydney Australia, relives the events of that momentous day.

 

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Trump pushing the limits of power

Dec
19
Okot Nyormoi

 

In his book The Great Idea, Mortimer Adler (American), wrote that the American political system hinges on three key ideas: equality, liberty and justice. He argued that justice mediates between the sometimes-conflicting goals of liberty and equality. This tripartite configuration of the system is reflected in three independent and equal branches of government:

 
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The growing mess in Israeli politics

Dec
19
Jonathan Power

Many Israelis have talked about the end of Israeli democracy. Avraham Berg, the former speaker of the Knesset (Israeli parliament), has written that “democracy in the Jewish state is doomed”. President Richard Nixon predicted that Israel would not last.

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Measuring humanity's undoubted progress

Nov
26
Jonathan Power

Despite popular belief, the world has become a more equal place since the global financial crisis that began eleven years ago. The growth of Brazil, India and China has led to the biggest decrease in inequality since the Industrial Revolution began in Britain

 
 
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Is free and fair election possible in Africa?

Oct
29
Okot Nyormoi

African leaders do not lose elections. It is a truism that has endured for decades and that has so to speak stood the test of time. The leader’s permanent victory at the polls, often scoring well over 90% of the votes cast, was at one point interrupted by its twin, the coup d’état 

 
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Which way Africa? Parliamentary or Presidential System?

Oct
29
Peter Anyang Nyongo

It is interesting to observe the similarities that exist between Kenya and Uganda. In the runup to the 1962 elections that brought independence, Milton Obote’s Uganda People’s Congress party, formed a coalition with Buganda’s royalist party, Kabaka Yekka [The King Alone]. The two parties commanded a Parliamentary majority, and Obote rode to power as Prime Minister.

 
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Who is this man Xi Jinping who rules China?

Jun
28
Jonathan Power

Despite the enormous power he wields, Xi Jinping, president of China, remains an enigma. We watched him on television last weekend as he watched the dancing in Pyongyang in the company of Kim Jong-un. His face was near to expressionless. Xi doesn’t pose or stand like an arrogant man. His face doesn’t look hard, as did Hitler’s or Stalin’s

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