Category: Global

President Erdogan’s alliance with the far right pays off

TURKEY’S right-wing nationalists have seldom had it so good. The government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has embraced their main causes, bombing Kurdish insurgents at home and abroad, promoting militarism in education and using siege mentality as foreign policy. Their...

/ July 19, 2018

An interview with Bruno Le Maire

LESS than two years ago, Bruno Le Maire was an outsider in the race for France’s centre-right Republican presidential nomination. Little over a year ago, he denounced another presidential candidate, Emmanuel Macron, as a “man without a project because he...

/ July 19, 2018

Why the Cook Islands fears rich-country status

MOST political leaders play up their country’s economic performance. Those on the Cook Islands, a collection of 15 islets spread over 2m square kilometres in the South Pacific, are doing the opposite. At issue is whether the country of 17,000 people has...

/ July 19, 2018

Violence and claims of election-rigging overshadow Pakistan’s election

“FOR the first time in our history, fair elections are going to be held,” insisted Fawad Chaudhry, a spokesman for the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, this week. Unfortunately, this view is not universally held. The national and state elections...

/ July 19, 2018

In Singapore, thousands will attend this year’s LGBT rally

BLACK-and-white photographs in the foyer of an arts cinema are filled with smiling, pouting and laughing faces—young and old, of various races. The portraits are of members of Singapore’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The fact that those...

/ July 19, 2018

The idea of Eurasia is once again the subject of geopolitics

OH, EAST is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet. Perhaps that was true when an Iron Curtain ran down the middle of Europe, and Mao Zedong’s China had turned disastrously inward. But now? This week...

/ July 19, 2018

Spain’s Socialist government plans to exhume Franco’s remains

RATHER than a war memorial, it is a monument to a victory. Francisco Franco, whose military rebellion against a turbulent parliamentary republic triggered the Spanish civil war and his 36-year dictatorship, conceived of the Valley of the Fallen as a...

/ July 19, 2018

Charlemagne: the backlash against Airbnb

TO WAKE up in an Airbnb apartment can be briefly disorientating. Where are you? The brushed steel, the exposed lightbulbs, the mid-century furnishings. The lively walls and bookshelves (a guide for hosts recommends accentuating “personality, not personal items”). The laminated...

/ July 19, 2018

Europeans, on the whole, are becoming more positive about foreigners

You might assume that the huge inflow of asylum-seekers since 2015 has made Europe more xenophobic. Opinion polls tell a more nuanced story. In November 2014 Eurobarometer began asking citizens of EU countries about their sentiments towards immigrants. Since then,...

/ July 19, 2018

An enemy of crooked politicians is fired in Romania

FOR Romania’s corrupt politicians, Laura Kovesi has been a nightmare. Appointed chief of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) in 2013, the implacable prosecutor has overseen the convictions of more than 1,000 officials, businesspeople and politicians, including nine former ministers. In...

/ July 19, 2018

The Trump-Putin summit was spectacle, not substance

IF GEORGE W. BUSH once famously looked Vladimir Putin in the eye and saw his soul, Donald Trump, when he met the Russian president in Helsinki on July 16th, saw his own reflection: an alpha male who made his country...

/ July 19, 2018

Concern about “sexualised” children often misses the point

IN JAPAN it is hard to avoid the disturbing spectacle of young girls being treated as sex objects. Rorikon, an abbreviation of “Lolita complex”, is ubiquitous. In M’s Pop Life, a sex shop in Tokyo’s Akihabara district, known for its...

/ July 19, 2018

‘This is our state, the Jewish state…. our nation, language and flag’ –Netanyahu triumphs with new law

The Jewish Nation State bill. Apartheid! By Carlos Latuff Early today the Israeli parliament passed a law leaders have long put forward, to declare Israel the nation state of the Jewish people. The law says: “Israel is the historic homeland of...

/ July 19, 2018

Jewish nation state: Israel approves controversial bill

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIsraeli Arab MPs protest and rip copies of the bill after Knesset passes nation state law Israel's parliament has passed a controversial law characterising the country as principally a Jewish state, fuelling...

/ July 19, 2018

“From Palestine to Mexico” is more than a chant

ON JUNE 30, hundreds of people marched in Greensboro, North Carolina, as part of a national day of protest against the Trump administration’s family separations policy. But as the day went on, we began to realize that some at the...

/ July 19, 2018

Fighting for her detained husband’s life

COULD YOU begin by explaining Saja’s legal situation? MY HUSBAND applied for asylum, which was ultimately denied. He did that before I ever met him and then, when we got married in 2010, I started applying for him with I-130...

/ July 19, 2018

We can’t let net neutrality die

THE OFFICIAL expiration date for “net neutrality” has come and gone. So what happens now? On June 11, regulations passed by the Obama-era Federal Communications Commission (FCC) preventing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from prioritizing certain websites — and slowing down...

/ July 19, 2018

A necktie for Tsipras and a noose for workers

Three years ago, a clear majority of the Greek people voted to reject the so-called Memorandum — the commitment to inflict drastic austerity measures in exchange for financial assistance from European governments and international institutions like the IMF. Hopes ran...

/ July 19, 2018