POLAND AND THE RULE OF LAW: ILLIBERAL CHALLENGE TO EUROPE

“The separation of powers is a core principle for membership of the EU. Contrary to PiS’s flawed justifications, it is what truly guarantees a nation’s sovereignty, which must be expressed through the rule of law, not the rule of a…

YURIKO KOIKE: FEMALE RISING IN JAPAN

“We could be witnessing Japan’s future first female Prime Minister. She is not easily cowed by intimidation tactics of her opponents, and now she has a circle of supporters among voters to buttress her policy agenda. She also adheres to…

TURKISH POLITICS: IS THERE ROOM FOR DEMOCRACY?

“His biggest strength as a politician and weakness as a citizen is that, despite his control over the country, he feels like an outsider. He has demonized entire demographic groups: secularists and liberals, but also Alevis (liberal Muslims), social democrats,…

ARE AFRICA’S PROBLEMS “CIVILIZATIONAL”?

“When white people labelled ‘civilizational’ the problems in Africa, what black Africans hear is: ‘Your civilization is inherently inferior to ours; it is backward and primitive’ ”.

ZUMA’S TROUBLES: SOUTH AFRICA’S AGONY

“Zuma is determined never to face jail again and to guard those who have funded him. This means protecting the Guptas. Since they arrived in South Africa from India in 1993 to establish a modest computer company, they have become…

ITALY CRIES FOR HELP WITH REFUGEES: WHERE IS EUROPE’S ANSWER?

“Countries facing the largest influx of migrants, such as Germany, Hungary, Sweden, Italy, and Greece, are struggling to financially support incoming refugees and integrate them into society. Protests have emerged across Europe expressing both pro and anti-refugee sentiment.”

ENGLISH IN INDIA: LANGUAGE OF LIBERATION OR DISCRIMINATION?

“India’s human resource development has been functioning mostly to facilitate the accomplishment of the ‘elites’, who have a craving for education abroad. This is the reason the ‘elite class’ ‘grasps’ the English language – the rest of the Indians have…

UNDERSTANDING DONALD TRUMP

“It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about President Trump’s inability to do either. This seems to be not a mere disinclination but a disability. It is not merely the result of intellectual sloth but of an…

HONG-KONG’S FUTURE: ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS?

“The Carrie Lam Administration has a difficult task: sustaining the practice of ‘one country, two systems’, avoiding suspicions that she is pro-Beijing, upholding the rule of law and accommodating traditional freedoms in Hong Kong, while managing Beijing’s concerns about the…