Among mass protests and low voter turnout rates, Abdelmadjid Tebboune emerges as the new Algerian president. The staggering influence of the generals in politics still makes a democratic transition the least likely scenario for Algeria. The future of this country still remains difficult to predict.
- The controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) is widely seen as a frontal attack on the secular character of the Indian Constitution, the principle of equality, and it openly discriminates against the Muslim minority. Is India turning into a Hindu’s nationalist state?
- Two months after the elections in Tunisia, Prime Minister Habib Jemli has to deal with a fragmented parliament. As no party achieved the necessary 109 seats to ensure the absolute majority, the risk of “ungovernability” remains high. An uphill start for the youngest Arab democracy.
- The reemergence of nationalism is a sensible response to the changing social, political and economic circumstances rather than an uncontrolled outburst of destructive human qualities. The less well-off revoke national feelings in order to convince the elites to come back home from their global voyage and put their nation first. How can we progressive liberals combine national and liberal ideas able to give answers to those vulnerable left behind by globalization?
- For all its benefits, why is liberalism failing, and making so many people unhappy, asks Patrick Deneen? Liberalism failed because it has succeeded. Its liberation of the individual coincides with a sense of political and economic powerlessness for ordinary citizens.
- An “adult” Europe was born on the night of November 9th 1989, or at least it tried. As a new leadership takes over the destinies of the European Union, it faces a number of unanswered questions on its very raison d’etre. Will the answer lie on that very founding moment of its history?
- Marta Facchini takes us to the streets of Budapest presenting the voices of those opposing Orban’s “illiberal democracy”. An analysis that bases its roots in the memories and the hopes of freedom of the Hungarian people in 1989.
- In his latest Upheaval: How Nations Cope with Crisis and Change “multi-scientist” Jared Diamond redraws the history of seven countries that survived defining upheavals. Can today’s West learn from that story to move past the crisis which is threating its very political model?
- On September 20, thousands of Egyptians took to the street in Cairo and other cities of the country in a rare show of anti-government protests. Whilst it is certainly true that corruption, illegal practices, and private enrichment thanks to high-level connections with state officials are particularly hateful aspects in a country in which one-third of the population lives under the threshold of absolute poverty, the actual reasons of protests lie somewhere else.
- In advance of the crucial second round of Presidential elections, the former president of Tunisia’s Higher Political Reform Commission Yadh Ben Achour delivered a fervent appeal to save democracy, in Tunisia and elsewhere from its own malaise: by adjusting its structural weaknesses and distortions and, most importantly, by eradicating the scourge of poverty and popular frustration. Here’s the full trasncript of his keynote speech pronounced last September 20th at the ResetDOC / CAREP international conference in Tunis.