There’s a dangerous tendency in liberal circles to believe that Donald Trump is some sort of absurd aberration, a weird orange outcrop of extremism, isolated and friendless, a pain in the ass soon to pass.
Donald Trump’s tweet favouring US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Syrian Golan Heights, occupied by Israel in 1967, has been widely condemned in this region and Europe, but he is determined to go ahead with this move.
The late, brilliant comedian Joan Rivers’ favourite catchphrase was “Grow up!” It was said in jest, but meant in earnest to wake her shocked audiences from their stupor long enough to realise that her comedic targets were doing horrible things all the time.
It would be nice to think that European and American regulators are indifferent to the nationality of the companies they regulate, but I am afraid they are not
To gauge by the media storm back home, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s visit to the United States this week fell somewhere between a debacle and a joke. “Victory, yes, but Trump’s,” declared one newspaper editorial. “Never has Brazil been so bluntly and grotesquely humiliated,” raged one critic on my wife’s WhatsApp group. Not even the arrest of Bolsonaro’s predecessor Michel Temer on graft charges helped dilute the fury; a poll this week showed Bolsonaro’s approval ratings down 16 percent from January.
Today’s truly epic march is testimony to the groundswell of public opinion turning against Brexit. A groundswell so great that it can no longer be ignored in a fully functioning democracy.
Although it is now almost certain that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) - the group of parties led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - will attain a majority in the Lok Sabha in the forthcoming general elections, the question will nevertheless arise whether Narendra Modi will be the Prime Minister since the BJP itself is expected to fall short of a majority of its own.
We’re not just marching for our job prospects and standard of living. We’re not just marching for our EU citizenship and the keys to our European home. We’re not just marching for Remainers. We are marching because it’s our last chance to save the fabric of our society from being permanently ripped apart.
If you go back to your browser to the last 15 years, or ask in your social network and your relatives about some of your previous interests, can you know what the most important interests are, your most useful or harmful behaviours, your favourite meals, family visits, your domestic and foreign journeys, airlines, goods you have bought online or those that caught your attention.
Everyone knows that Sikkim is a small extraordinarily picturesque mountainous state tucked away in the Himalayas in the northeast of India. That indeed it is. Even today, there are only around 650,000 people living in the state. However, much less known about Sikkim to the rest of India — and also the world — is the exceptionally steady and silent progress in improving the lives of ordinary people that the state has recorded over the past two decades.