Politicul: Mega-Tendințe – doc

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

Un partid anti-vaccin apărut anul trecut pe rețelele de socializare se impune la un scrutin regional din Austria și intră în Parlament cu peste 6% – 29.09

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

Papa Francisc susține că religia nu trebuie exploatată în scopuri politice: „Să nu reducem crucea la un simbol politic” – 15.09

Partidele românești și religia. Un mariaj steril ideologicMirel Axinte, contributors, 29.07

For some evangelical Christians, climate action is a God-given mandate – Grist, 20.07

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

France Rejects Le Pen’s Far-Right Party – FP, 28.06
The far-right National Rally party failed to make an impact in Sunday’s regional elections. By Colm Quinn

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

Is Macron the New Merkel? – 11.06
The French president has charted a new kind of centrism in Europe. By Joseph de Weck, author of Emmanuel Macron: The Revolutionary President

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.


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.

radicalizări religioase

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

French Secularism Isn’t Illiberal – FP, 7.04
Letting culture wars drive debate about France’s “laïcité” obscures similarities between the two countries. By Nicolas Cadène

extrema dreaptă

Marine Le Pen şi partidul Reuniunea naţională (ex-Frontul Naţional) îi sperie tot mai puţin pe francezi – RFI, 11.05

‘Bunkerchan’ Is Trying to Deradicalize Online Nazis – FP, 4.05
As far-right sites multiply, activists are moving into their turf. By Justin Ling

Europe’s Far-Right Seeks to Unite – FP, 23.04
Can European far-right parties overcome their differences and boost their clout in Brussels? By Michele Barbero

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

drepturile omului

Impactul negativ al crizei coronavirus asupra drepturilor omului – DW, 7.04

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

Big Government Is Back – FP, 12.02
The pandemic has discredited decades of free-market orthodoxy—but not all visions of state interventionism are progressive. By Paolo Gerbaud

Ecuador’s Green New Left – FP, 12.02
After this week’s election, the country’s oil-fueled model of growth is facing a reckoning. By Catherine Osborn

The World According to ‘God’s Harvard’ – FP, 10.02
Patrick Henry College’s focus on governance gives it a unique place among right-wing Christian schools. By Mark Thomas-Patterson

The Pandemic Is Putting Gangsters in Power
As states struggle, organized crime is rising to new prominence. By Lindsey Kennedy, Nathan Paul Southern

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

Far-Right Extremism Is a Global Problem – FP, 15.01
And it is time to treat it like one. By Heather Ashby

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

Biden Can’t Stop America’s Democratic Decline – FP, 12.11
A new administration won’t deliver the changes the country needs. Now it’s up to the U.S. public. By James Traub

Trump Was a Warning – FP, 7.11
It’s time the United States and Europe start taking their democracies more seriously. By Elisabeth Braw

Trump Won’t Be the Last American Populist – FA, 6.11
The Conditions That Produced Him Need to Be Understood to Be Addressed. By Daron Acemoglu

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

Rogue Superpower – FA, 11-12.20
Why This Could Be an Illiberal American Century. By Michael Beckley

Uniting the Techno-Democracies – FA, 11-12.20
How to Build Digital Cooperation. By Jared Cohen and Richard Fontaine

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

Președintele Franței anunță o lege împotriva separatiștilor islamici: „Există un islamism radical care conduce la negarea Republicii” – 2.10.20

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

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