Trump cuts to the heart of White American fears

Ismail Qaiyim US

While his speeches target Mexican American immigrants, convenient scape-goats for White conservative anger, his arguments cut to the heart of the anxiety that all Americans feel. He, however, has chosen to align his gospel with the interests of the traditional base of the Republican Party while targeting politically vulnerable groups in his campaigns.

What happened to the politics of principle?

Dan Moloney UK

We are told by politicians and political experts not to trust the polls. Yet, the panicking behaviour of a number of Labour party members in light of a recent poll suggests many do not heed this advice. According to the latest YouGov poll, in the first round of the Labour leadership contest Jeremy Corbyn is set to win 43% of …

Muhammad Buhari: Where Now for Nigeria?

Ahmed Ghoneim Nigeria, Sub-Saharan Africa, World Politics

Capitalizing on his image as an ‘incorruptible’ leader, ex-general Muhammadu Buhari was the first Nigerian to defeat a sitting president through the ballot box.  Buhari’s landslide victory by nearly 2.5 million votes means that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that has been ruling Nigeria since the imposition of civilian rule in 1999 will now have to take the back seat as …

British politics is boring – and that is dangerous

Sami Hamdi Discussion, UK

With only just about two thirds of eligible voters actually voting in the 2001, 2005 and 2010 general elections (59.4%, 61.3%, 65.0% respectively) as well as a lack of genuine public interest in the politics, policies, and characters of the protagonists in our political system, it begs the question as to whether the real problem with politics is not the …

Tunisian elections and the story of Mahabba

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Tunisia, World Politics

Around the world, people are celebrating the long awaited success of the Arab Spring reflected in the successful elections taking place in Tunisia. As Libya and Syria continue to be mired in civil war and Egypt suffers from the military coup that ended any hope for a democratic process in the country, Tunisia now symbolises a successful transition from a …