2017 Dutch Election: ‘politics for everyone’?

13124985_1187623707923241_3700041885703921844_n By Yury Polyakov

The Western World followed the capitalisation and democratisation processes that created the common ground for a normative basis of the regional European interest. Despite the active role played by the anarchists and the left, European countries sustained democracy and parliamentarism as shared ideals, whereas communism secured its strategic location in the Soviet Union and its influence sphere. The Netherlands obtained the essential element of all democracies – free and fair elections. This country formed a system with universal rights in 1917. However, the social transformations of today are global, and they shed light on the most sensitive topics that nobody wanted to discuss publicly in preceding decades.

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The Openness Of Societies

13612203_10206155636603188_4130233331516496311_n By Gavin Davies

Humanity groans, half crushed beneath the weight of its own progress. It does not sufficiently realize that its future is in its own hands. It is up to humanity to see if first of all it wants to keep on living. It is then up to it to ask whether it wants to merely live, or whether in addition it wants to make the necessary effort required for fulfilling [life].

Bergson 1977, p. 317

There is a pervasive belief that human rights could be met if people just understood each other better. If only people could care about all people as much as their family and friends! Continue reading “The Openness Of Societies”

Why Have Relations Between Russia And Belarus Deteriorated At The Beginning Of 2017

13124985_1187623707923241_3700041885703921844_n  By Yuri Polyakov

Russia is certainly the closest and the most important partner of Belarus. They both share common cultural, economic and political ties. In fact, Belarus was the only country in the post-Soviet space who actively encouraged further integration of its political and economic system with Russia. Perhaps Alexander Lukashenko played a prominent role in fostering ties with Russia since he became President of the Republic of Belarus in 1994. However, his recent remarks about Russia and President Putin astonished the Russian political and business establishment.

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Donald and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Month

theo-larue By Theo Larue

Disclaimer: Donald Trump’s actions since he became President of the United States have angered many, causing him to receive an overwhelming amount of negative media attention. Because I’m a good imitator, this article is no exception. However, much of the media has been unable to cover every outrageous action Trump has taken, which is why I am writing about what you may not have heard about, and that arguably presents a larger risk in the long run, as opposed to Trump’s orders that are immediately overturned.

It has now been exactly one month since Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States. There has been a decent amount of fear, anger and incomprehension surrounding Trump’s decisions, the most controversial of which was the immigration ban. The vast media backlash and public outcry against it sent a vibrant message to Trump, a message that a lot of Americans and indeed the world condemn his actions. Continue reading “Donald and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Month”

The Changing Character of Turkey – Death of Ataturk’s Republic?

roger-maul By Roger Maul

Autocracy, violence, terror, fear and oppression have enflamed modern day Turkey, as the secular and democratic values of the Kemalist Republic are ultimately discharged by a regime whose power has become seemingly irrepressible. And despite all the European outcry and protest toward Erdogan’s persistent flirtation with Ottoman nostalgia and his pursuit of Sultan-like absolutism, it seems like we have returned back to business as usual. As the prisons are filling with political opponents, media outlets being compelled to close and the juridical autonomy becoming merely a farce, it is all too necessary to dwell on the drastically changing character of Turkey and its decent into a dictatorial and socially divided nation. Continue reading “The Changing Character of Turkey – Death of Ataturk’s Republic?”

Trump And The TPP: Making China Great Again?

carolynn By Carolynn Bass

Has American president Donald Trump unintentionally begun the decline of American economic prowess? It certainly seems so, when one looks at his running platform and actions in his first month in office; threats to withdraw from many free trade agreements, and seeking to cut ties with China as well as alienating much of the American economic partnerships around the world. Conservative Trump’s economic and foreign policy are definitely a change from Obama’s liberal agenda that pushed for diplomacy and free trade among markets, and it seems that changes are already beginning in Washington.

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Connection and Fear: Television in the 21st Century

13612203_10206155636603188_4130233331516496311_n By Gavin Davies

Although smart phones have revolutionized media access, for most people in the world it is still television networks that bring news of the world into their lives. However, T.V. news has had to compete with new technologies and entertainment, which created the conditions for an increased scope and style of news coverage. While this trend has illuminated more people to more global issues, it was also able to show more of the various conflicts that go on in the world on any given day, and created reactionary domestic responses because of it.

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