The solidarity America needs

September 9, 2020 11:02 am

WASHINGTON, DC - The same deep tension lies at the heart of the fight against COVID-19 and climate change, particularly in democracies. In each case, the measures necessary to save everyone entail costs that widen existing inequalities. At a time when the United States and other democracies need solidarity, the resulting civic turmoil and division are feeding (and being fed by) populism.

Geopolitics of Holocaust Memory

February 5, 2020 08:05 am

PARIS – The 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army is an occasion marked by angst as well as sadness. Anti-Semitism is back with a vengeance around the world, as if the lessons of the Holocaust had evaporated with time—or, even worse, had never been fully integrated into our collective consciousness.

How do populists win?

June 3, 2019 01:00 am

Populism can win when the “other people” are narrowly defined or simply small in number, provided that they can still be depicted as posing a threat

Is “populist” tide retreating?

February 10, 2019 03:17 am

The roots of populist reactions are both economic and cultural, and are the subject of important social science research.

Dilemma of corruption

December 9, 2018 01:30 am

With the rise of “populism” and populist governments in the world, corruption has been considered as both its cause and the consequence. Whether it is 1Malaysia Development Berhard (1MDB) in Malaysia, Operation Car Wash in Brazil or the case of Samsung in South Korea, corruption is the key factor in political changes. Even US President Donald Trump’s campaign for Draining the Swamp (DTS) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetization program are related with corruption problems. When corruption is deeply entrenched in politics, it is difficult to discern whether it is a problem or a solution.

On nationalism and populism

August 26, 2018 02:00 am

Nationalism is the highest priority for Nepal but our rulers and political actors are using and abusing it as the political weapon to get into and remain in power

Central Working Committee member and a senior leader of Nepali Congress, Dr Shekhar Koirala is a vocal critic of internal conflict and strong advocate of change within the party. But Nepali Congress has not yet been able to stand assertively on issues of public concern and has rather been reactive to government actions. What led Congress to this situation? How will it go ahead in the days to come? How does the party evaluate performance of K P Oli’s government? Mahabir Paudyal and Kosh Raj Koirala asked.

Populism with socialism

June 24, 2018 00:30 am

Why are nationalist governments of Europe so popular? Because these governments are not only nationalist, they are also socialist

Tackling populism

April 3, 2018 00:30 am

Political elites on both sides of the Atlantic must recognize that it is they who are responsible for populism’s rise

Politics of populism

February 4, 2018 11:09 am

Though monarchy is gone, monarchist nationalism works all too well. This is why we are celebrating Prithvi Narayan Shah’s birthday as ‘National Unity Day’

Saudi populism

November 19, 2017 00:30 am

NEW YORK – Most efforts to comprehend the dynamics of Saudi Arabia’s ongoing political earthquake have focused on the psychology of the young crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. But there are also structural reasons for Prince Mohammed’s brand of populism. Understanding these factors is key to finding a better path forward.

Has populism peaked?

May 15, 2017 00:15 am

Though Le Pen did worse than expected, her 34 percent in second round was nearly double that of her father in 2002

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday claimed a dominating parliamentary election victory over anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders, who failed the year's first litmus test for populism in Europe.

Living with populism

March 13, 2017 00:15 am

Democracies can also produce enlightened type of populism, such as that offered by US Senator Bernie Sanders

Populism for the rich

November 7, 2016 00:15 am

The newly rich are as important a force in the rise of populism as the poorer and less educated people who feel neglected by the elites

Populism, past and present

August 11, 2016 00:15 am

Europe is not alone in being swept up by populism. The US is also in serious danger