Asia-Pacific, Philippines, Opinion, Politics
Africa, Politics, World
Students getting involved in politics isn’t news in the Philippines. Student protesters, who call themselves activists, allegedly fighting for the rights of their fellow men and standing for those who do not have a voice – at least that is what they say they do. Add to that their self-given right to roast politicians they invited to symposiums not intended as such. They celebrate their ability to make others believe that they are smart enough to criticise someone older or with more experience to the point of public embarrassment. And then they call themselves “educated.” Are they, really?
Americas, Venezuela, China, Russia, Opinion, Politics
Accusations and counter-accusations have been rife in the diplomatic departments after French magazine Le Monde published a report that the Republic of China had been spying on the African Union by bugging the AU headquarters building. The building was a gift to the AU and consequently used for espionage. China was in charge of the construction and everything related to the building.
Europe, Germany, Politics
While enabling the perpetuation of the tyranny of Nicolas Maduro’s Venezuelan United Socialist Party (PSUV) over the country, Russia and China seem to have become the last lifeline remaining for this red-wing authoritarian regime within a national context of humanitarian devastation and economic downturn. But just how much will Russia and China influence the fate of Venezuela?
Americas, USA, Politics
Elections can be a tricky endeavor, especially in a working multi-party system, meaning there are seldom absolute majorities. This requires the building of a governing coalition of multiple parties that have to agree and compromise on a coalition agreement, while the rest build the opposition. This begs an important question. Do you honor the political responsibility, put on you by the nation voting for this constellation, even if it means compromising to form a government? Or do you honor only your own voter base, by staying true to yourself and your principles, even if that means the failure of the elections? After the horrible German Federal Election 2017, the Social Democrats (SPD) now has to ask themselves the exact same question.
Costa Rica, Americas, Human Rights, Politics
We often like to point out worrisome right-wing ideologies amongst populist Republicans in the US and elsewhere in the world, and in doing so, hope to avoid slipping in a mindset where racism and bigotry are normal attitudes to have in politics. It’s only when we witness true nazi ideology when we realize just how far that sentiment can drift off in the wrong direction. Let us introduce Arthur Jones, running for Congress in an Illinois District as the only registered Republican, while also being an outspoken holocaust denier, preaching horrible hate speech against Jews, immigrants and everyone that isn’t a Christian Englishperson. Is he a Republican Nazi?
Africa, Ethiopia, Opinion, Politics
Religion has many purposes in the world; to some people, it brings peace, to others it brings support and explains some events in life that can’t be explained by other means. But religion can also function as a tool to promote hostile behaviors and ideologies “in the name of God.” The greatest example may be the way terrorist have twisted Islam, or how extreme conservative leaders have raised the homophobic flag simply because “God says it’s a sin.” This time, a homophobic bomb landed in Costa Rica’s ballot box, an evangelistic pastor named Fabricio Alvarado is winning the first round to be President in Costa Rica, and he is not hiding his intentions of keeping the country free from gay marriage.
Europe, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Life, Opinion, Politics
Ethiopia has had a tumultuous political scene for the last couple of years. Violent protests have been happening since November 2015 with the protesters agitating for social and political reforms. They have been accusing the government of Ethiopia with gross infringement of human rights, including marginalization of minority groups, police brutality, mass arrests, and land grabbing. More than 600 people have since died as a result of the Oromo Protests.
Opinion, Politics, World
Year after year, the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network releases the World Happiness Report. It’s basically a measure of happiness based on interviews and surveys all over the world about economics, laws, religions, education, food, health, shelter and other topics that, together, compose what we understand under well-being. Surprisingly, there are a few nations that seem to excel here, mainly those under the Nordic Model and the Scandinavian Model.
Africa, Kenya, Politics, World
Ruling a country means going with time and going with time means to have some cool retroactive nostalgia going on. What better times to sway your voters with a reminder of the romantic past when women were still women and men were important. Welcome to the authoritarian world of Autocracy.
Kenya is a democratic country that holds general elections every 5 years. Just like in every democratic setting, the winner takes it all, meaning losing can be tough. Having gained independence in 1963 from the British, Kenya has held several elections and that has made it possible for a pattern to form on who or how candidates clinch the seats. These are the fundamentals to consider for your chances of getting elected into a public office in Kenya. Here is a guide to Kenyan politics.