Gabriel Boric Bookends a Year of Demands for a New Social Contract – FP, 24.12.21
This year, voters from Chile to Honduras to Peru elected leftist leaders who promised to ease endemic inequality. By Catherine Osborn, the writer of Foreign Policy’s weekly Latin America Brief
America Drops the Ball on White Supremacist Terror Groups – FP, 21.12.21
Other countries are taking the lead in cracking down on U.S.-based groups. By Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, the CEO of Valens Global, and Varsha Koduvayur, an analyst at Valens Global
For Europe’s Far Right, Vaccine Skepticism Is a Trap – FP, 7.12.21
Playing to the anti-vaccine base hasn’t led to electoral gains—yet. By Michele Barbero, an Italian journalist based in Paris
Climate Crisis Should Be the Final Blow to the Washington Consensus – FP, 16.11
Groups like the G-7 are putting proactive governance back on the agenda. By Azeem Ibrahim, a columnist at Foreign Policy and a director at the Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy
When Voters Chase Novelty – FP, 12.11
New parties are emerging faster than ever before, and as Bulgaria shows, this can threaten the stability of democracy. By Kevin Deegan-Krause, a professor of political science at Wayne State University, and Tim Haughton, an associate professor of European politics at the University of Birmingham
France’s Mainstream Political Parties Are a Dying Breed – FP, 10.11
As the presidential election looms, the parties that ruled France for half a century are now fighting for their very survival. By Michele Barbero, an Italian journalist based in Paris
There’s a Merkel-Sized Hole in European Conservatism – FP, 15.10
Pushed by an ascendent far-right, the search for an attractive, modern conservatism won’t be easy. By Paul Hockenos, a Berlin-based journalist
Why Germany’s Far-Right Remains on the Fringes – FP, 8.10
Although the AfD can’t be ruled out as a political force, observers see lessons in recent elections on how to quell radical populism. By Jessica Bateman, a freelance journalist focused on social issues around Europe
Austrian Politics Rocked by Sudden Resignations – FP, 3.12
Former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s abrupt departure could spell trouble for the future of Europe’s center right. By Christina Lu, an editorial fellow at Foreign Policy.
Failed Governance Has Created Extremists in the United States Too – FP, 3.09
The Islamic State and the U.S. far-right share the same roots. By Suzanne Schneider, a historian of the modern Middle East and deputy director at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research
Welcome to the Era of Dictator Inflation – FP, 16.08
Authoritarians around the world are perfecting the art of seeming more powerful than they are. By Péter Krekó, the director of the Political Capital Institute, a think tank in Budapest
Partidele românești și religia. Un mariaj steril ideologic – Mirel Axinte, contributors, 29.07
In Slovenia, a Trumpian Populist Assumes a Key European Post – FP, 1.07
Janez Jansa is increasingly seen as one of the continent’s most illiberal leaders. By Amanda Coakley, an international correspondent based in Vienna
Italy’s Far-Right Is on the Rise – FP, 29.06
Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy is displacing Matteo Salvini’s League and making a play for power in Italy. By Mattia Ferraresi, the managing editor of the Italian newspaper Domani
The Pandemic Proves Only Technocrats Can Save Us – FP, 25.06
Populist politicians love to belittle experts, but when it’s a matter of life and death, the precautionary principle and expertise are what counts. By Parag Khanna, the founder and managing partner of FutureMap and the author of The Future is Asian
How did Boris Johnson become the defender of working-class culture? – The Independent, 19.06
When the demonisation of the working class was condemned a decade ago it seems the Conservatives took note
Marietje Schaake and Vivian Schiller on Big Tech – FP, 9.06
Is high-tech a tool to further democratization or for greater oppression? And what solutions should be considered as governments look to regulate big tech? On this episode of Global Reboot, FP editor in chief Ravi Agrawal interviews Marietje Schaake, former member of the European Parliament, and Vivian Schiller, former president and CEO of NPR as well as the former head of news at Twitter, on Big Tech’s expansive role in our civic lives.
People Want Free Speech—for Themselves – FP, 8.06
In a new global survey, respondents overwhelmingly supported freedom of expression—for anyone they agree with. By Jacob Mchangama, the executive director of Justitia, a Copenhagen based think tank focusing on human rights
Authoritarianism Doesn’t Stop at the Water’s Edge – FP, 27.05
The Belarus hijacking is part of a broader trend. From Russia to Rwanda, governments are going after dissidents far beyond their borders. By Suzanne Nossel, the CEO of PEN America.
Belarus ‘Hijacking’ Opens New Playbook for Autocrats – FP, 24.05
Snatching a dissident off a European Union-flagged carrier headed to another EU country opens a dangerous door. By Amy Mackinnon, Robbie Gramer
Chile’s Constitution Is Too New for Its Own Good – FP, 21.05
The path is clear for a social democratic revision of its political system—and for a severe backlash. By Michael Albertus, an associate professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago.
- Chilean Voters Have Turned Their Backs on Traditional Coalitions. What’s Next? – FP, 17.95
- Chile: Moștenirea neoliberală a lui Pinochet, pe făraș / Victorie zdrobitoare a stângii la alegerile pentru redactarea noii constituții – 17.05
- Vot istoric în Chile pentru modificarea Constituţiei – RFI, 16.05
Michael Sandel and Yuval Noah Harari in conversation – 3.04
- Political philosopher and author, Michael Sandel, in conversation with Yuval Noah Harari. This conversation was organized by Penguin Random House and was originally recorded at the Guadalajara International Book Fair 2020.
Fanatismul religios, dominantă a actualităţii – RFI, 21.04
The U.S. Needs Deradicalization—for Christian Extremists – FP, 23.03
Programs designed to reform violent jihadis could help tackle the spread of QAnon and other conspiracy theories in evangelical communities. By Melissa Graves, Muhammad Fraser-Rahim
‘Bunkerchan’ Is Trying to Deradicalize Online Nazis – FP, 4.05
As far-right sites multiply, activists are moving into their turf. By Justin Ling
- Rusia, elefantul din camera conservatorilor europeni – RFI, 5.04
- Viktor Orban a pus bazele unei alianțe conservatoare, alături de Polonia şi Italia – 2.04
- În Germania a început procesul a 11 membri acuzați că fac parte dintr-un “grup terorist de extrema dreaptă” – 15.04
- Unitatea de elită a armatei germane, vizată de o nouă anchetă cu privire la infiltrarea unor extremiști de dreapta – 25.02
Are Telegram and Signal Havens for Right-Wing Extremists? – FP, 13.03
The best model for tackling violent right-wing groups on heavily encrypted apps is the fight against the Islamic State. By Steven Feldstein, Sarah Gordon
- Peste o treime dintre maghiarii din Ungaria sunt antisemiți – 27.07
- Evreii americani, din ce în ce mai amenințați de antisemitism – ADL – 31.03
adevăruri alternative / fake news
Is “Speaking Your Truth” the New Alternative Facts? – FP, 22.03
Their many differences aside, both trends speak to a willingness to put personal experience over hard fact. By Elisabeth Braw
All Politics Is Personalized – FP, 9.03
Around the world, political leaders have amassed power by weakening their parties, and democracy may never recover. By Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Erica Frantz, Joseph Wright
De la partidul de cadre la partidul-digital – Alexandru Gabor, contributors, 3.03
America Is Learning to Reject Socialism, but Love the Welfare State – 17.02
Some Republicans are taking steps toward Europe’s model of religiously inspired social assistance. By Steven Klein
Cambodia’s Post-Pandemic Law and Order – FP, 10.02
Amid economic crisis, sweeping new legislation on “public order” would stifle dissent—and effectively criminalize people for being poor. By Lindsey Kennedy, Nathan Paul Southern
Washington Must Treat White Supremacist Terrorism as a Transnational Threat – FP, 18.01
After the Capitol attack, the U.S. government needs to recognize racist extremists as a national security risk and create a high-level counterterrorism czar to disrupt their financing and dismantle their networks. By Joel Rubin
The American Far-Right Is Dangerous but Disorganized – FP, 15.01
Despite murderous ambitions and abundant guns, the Capitol assault was a failure. By Daniel Trombly
Internet radicalization experts knew violence was brewing. What did they see? – 16.01
- While the events at the nation’s Capitol last week caught many by surprise, those who monitor extremism on the internet had already seen a rebellion brewing. Charlie Warzel is the New York Times Opinion Writer-at-Large and reports on online radicalization. He joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the online spaces and rhetoric that fomented violence at the Capitol.
QAnon: What Happens Now? – 17.01
- To many observers, QAnon is, for lack of a better word, dangerous. They say it is dangerous to our political life, because it spreads disinformation which makes it more difficult for citizens to make informed decisions about who to vote for and what policies to support; it is also dangerous to the mental health of people who buy into the conspiracy theories, because it creates a cult-like environment, one in which people stop thinking for themselves and instead hero-worship President Donald Trump; finally, it is dangerous to the physical welfare of non-QAnon followers, because members of QAnon have been linked to violence.
What makes people believe in conspiracy theories? – Al Jazeera, 18.01
- Psychologists have found that people are more likely to latch onto conspiracy theories and irrational narratives during times of insecurity. And as COVID-19 continues to create instability in many countries, false narratives about vaccines, 5G mobile networks and other pandemic-related issues are spreading with real-life consequences.
- To what degree have fringe narratives become a part of mainstream discourse, and what can be done about it? In a 2020 survey from the Pew Research Center, 20 percent of US respondents who were aware of the online conspiracy theory QAnon – a far-right fantasy that says Donald Trump is fighting a paedophile ring linked to the Democratic Party – said the conspiracy theory was good for the country.
- In this episode, we’ll look at why people are attracted to conspiracy theories and how society should respond.
How consultants like McKinsey took over France – Politico, 8.02
Private companies now involved in everything from country’s vaccine rollout to combating climate change.
Use of consultancies for vaccine rollout sparks controversy in France – Politico, 7.01.21
Hooligans in 2020: How ‘militant neo-Nazis’ have spearheaded coronavirus protests – DW, 26.12.20
At anti-lockdown protests, hooligans have provided the muscle to break through police lines. They may have their roots in football, but they’re now more likely to be found practicing combat sports than on the terraces.
Our political divide is dangerous. A neuroscientist and political scientist explain why – 26.12.20
- The United States is more politically polarized than ever. The Post’s Kate Woodsome gets the help of neuroscientist Jay Van Bavel and political scientist Shanto Iyengar to understand what drives political sectarianism — and what we can do about it.
Why Biden Needs to Confront Corruption – FP, 22.12.20
If the U.S. president-elect is serious about restoring the rule of law and democracy, he needs to first tackle the global menace of graft. By Alexandra Wrage, Michelle D. Gavin
How to (Finally) Defeat Populism – FP, 21.12.20
Rust Belts exist around the world, and integrating them into the larger trans-Atlantic community is key to political stability. By John Austin, Jeffrey Anderson, Brian Hanson
How MEPs can help Biden’s ‘Global Democracy Summit’ – EUObserver, 20.11.20
- In his first year in office, Biden vows to “bring together the world’s democracies to strengthen our democratic institutions, honestly confront the challenge of nations that are backsliding, and forge a common agenda to address threats to our common values”.
- The European Union should join this great initiative from the start, and help shape the agenda for strengthening democracy and fundamental rights globally.
The Rise of Global Protests: Part I | 2020 Oslo Freedom Forum – 20.11.20
A New Administration Won’t Heal American Democracy – FA, 5.11
The Rot in U.S. Political Institutions Runs Deeper Than Donald Trump. By Larry Diamond
Voters Are Picking Ideology Over Competence on Both Sides of the Atlantic – FP, 2.11.20
From Edinburgh to Washington, scandals don’t cost politicians. By Azeem Ibrahim
Referendum pentru ca tinerii să voteze la 16 ani, propus în Italia de fostul premier Enrico Letta: “Noi și țările din Europa de Est suntem singurele țări europene care au decis să nu aibă un viitor: nu avem copii, nu vrem imigranți” – 6.10.20
The Tragic Romance of the Nostalgic Western Liberal – FP, 15.08.20
Anne Applebaum wants to understand rising illiberalism but is clinging to a Cold War moral framework that no longer applies. By Ivan Krastev