It's Memorial Day weekend and at TMC, that can only mean one thing: It's time to announce our selections for the Fourth Annual African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular! As usual, we'll be featuring book reviews, guest posts and author Q&As on some of the best books published on African politics in 2016 and 2017. For the purpose of this series, we define “politics” broadly, and look to feature books that shed light on important issues in African politics, from how co...
British Columbia’s election results are finally in. No matter how you cut them, they are not encouraging for planned resource projects. Those that are already advanced, like Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and some liquefied natural gas proposals, may try to march forward. A lot of money has been spent and such projects are designed to withstand electoral change over decades. There is no denying that if B.C. was a risky place to do business when it had a majority Liberal go...
GUWAHATI: A National Investigation Agency (NIA) special court on Tuesday awarded life imprisonment to three Assam politicians – two of them former rebels-turned-BJP leaders – in the Rs 1,000-crore scam in erstwhile North Cachar Hills. Twelve others were awarded eight to 12 years of imprisonment. The court had convicted all of them on Monday. The politicians convicted were Jewel Garlosa and Niranjan Hojai, who were leaders of now-disbanded militant group Dima Halam Daogah (DHD-J), an...
Could Amazon’s incredibly successful e-commerce, book selling, and cloud computing businesses be hurt by modern American politics? Jeff Bezos doesn’t think so, based on his responses during the company’s annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday. For example, one question was whether Bezos--the founder, CEO, and chairman of Amazon amzn who has expressed strong opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed travel ban--worried that...
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. (GeekWire File Photo) At Amazon’s annual shareholder meeting in Seattle this morning, the company’s leaders trumpeted its growth, charitable giving, and international expansion, but several shareholders were more interested in hearing about Amazon’s politics. Several questions aimed at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had a political bent, including a request for an Amazon party “obsessed with voters,” in the same way Amazon prioritizes being “obse...
Britain's Prime Minister and Conservative party leader Theresa May gestures, during the Conservative Party manifesto launch in Halifax, England. The document does not mention tourism once. Stefan Rousseau / PA via Associated PressSkift Take: Party manifestos should be treated with a healthy degree of skepticism. Still it is revealing to see who what they priorities are and perhaps more importantly what they decide to leave out. — Patrick WhyteOn June 8 voters in the United Kingdom will get th...
Seattle Police officers are no longer referring to a crime suspect as a “suspect” and instead use “community member” in reports in order to use less offensive and politically correct language. Polices sources use the term to describe someone who shot three policemen last month after an armed robbery. Police officers involved in the incident were instructed to describe the shooter, who was fatally shot after he shot the officers, as a “community member” rather...
The widow of a British lawmaker killed by a right-wing extremist last year successfully got all major political parties to take an hour out of campaigning this weekend. Brendan Cox, the widower of Jo Cox, the British Member of Parliament who was stabbed and shot outside her constituency surgery in northern England on June 16 last year, has been fighting to ensure that politicians avoid bitterness and hatred in their campaigning in the run up to the U.K.’s general election, which takes pl...
NEW DELHI: Accusing the Election Commission of working under political pressure, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday said it was "delaying the EVM hackathon". The allegation came hours before the Election Commission's scheduled demonstration on the working of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and VVPATs to allay fears that these can be tampered with in favour of a particular candidate or party.  AAP leader Sanjay Singh said the people have serious questions regarding ...
Banerjee’s persuasions When the President travelled to Kolkata on May 18, the special IAF-run Boeing had an unusual passenger. The West Bengal CM, it seems, hopped on to the presidential flight hoping to persuade Pranab Mukherjee to throw his hat in the ring for a second term at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. After her Bihar counterpart proposed Mukherjee’s name, Mamata took it upon herself to convince Sonia Gandhi to initiate the process. The Congress president wanted a clear-cut message ...
Judges in Germany have ruled in favor of a comedian who called a female right-wing politician a “Nazi slut” on a TV show. Christian Ehring used the unflattering term on April 27 against Alice Weidel (pictured), a prominent member of the Alternative for Germany Party (AfD) who is standing in September’s national elections on anti-PC ticket. Ms Weidel took exception to the insult which effectively likens her to Adolf Hitler, but judges in Hamburg district court ruled that the satire show on...
BHOPAL: An environmentalist at heart, a meticulous political strategist and gentleman politician is how union minister of state for environment Anil Madhav Dave is remembered, both by political allies and opponents. Born on July 6, 1956 in a family with a strong RSS background at Barnagar in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain district, 60-year-old Dave passed away in Delhi early on Thursday, just three days after Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi launched the action plan to save river Narmada &ndash...
NEW DELHI: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today termed as "political vendetta" the raids on Congress leader P Chidambaram and RJD chief Lalu Prasad and said she had discussed the issue with Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Banerjee, whose party leaders are facing probe in the alleged Sarada chit fund scam and the alleged Narada bribery scam, targeted the Modi government in a veiled manner, saying, "If you do not like someone, then you send CBI, then put him in jail.&q...
NEW DELHI/CHENNAI/PATNA:  The premises of two top opposition leaders, P. Chidambaram and Lalu Prasad, were on Tuesday raided by CBI and IT officials with Karti Chidambaram accused of getting pay-offs for helping a media company get FIPB clearance, while the former Bihar Chief Minister was accused of "benami" land deals -- actions the opposition denounced as vendetta by the BJP-led central government. The day began with raids by the Central Bureau of Investigation in New Delhi, Ch...
NEW DELHI: Accusing the BJP of being blinded by revenge to target its opponents, the congress on Tuesday claimed that the none of its leaders or that of the opposition would be cowed down by the politics of "revenge and vendetta" which had "become the DNA of this BJP government". Congress’ reaction came in response to nationwide raids by the CBI on premises belong to senior congress leader and former union finance minister P. Chidambaram. Instead Congress alleged ...
NEW DELHI: With the CBI raids underway at former finance minister P. Chidambaram and his son Karti’s various residences, the Congress has asserted this is political vendetta of the worst kind. Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh took to Twitter to condemn the ongoing raids. “Strongly condemn raids against Chidambaram and Karti Chidambaram. Political vendetta of the worst kind,” he tweeted. Congress leader Pramod Tiwari said the BJP has always initiated such things with th...
On Saturday night, a curious press release emerged from the press relations office of the Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. It detailed a five-hour meeting that the CM, popularly known as KCR, had had with writers and filmmakers. It included a very long quote of KCR detailing the various efforts the State government had undertaken for the benefit of farmers. In short, the Chief Minister wanted his guests to write songs and make movies that showcased the government’s efforts. R...
NEW DELHI: Election commission will seek views from political parties on conducting hackathon for EVMs in a meeting called on Friday. The poll panel will hold the meeting, as many political parties including Aam Admi Party led by Arvind Kejriwal and the Congress, BSP have challenged the legitimacy of electronic voting machines (EVMs). In a bid to dispel the doubts on the working of EVMs, the EC has decided to hold an open hackathon for people to try and hack the voting machines in the last week...
ETAH/LUCKNOW: A nephew of UP legislative council chairman and SP leader Ramesh Yadav today slapped a sub-inspector inside a police station in Etah after he was held for allegedly assaulting hospital staffers who refused give in to his demand for "VIP treatment".      Bragging of his political links, Mohit Yadav, who was said to be in an inebriated state, was also caught on camera hurling abuses at the cops in the incident, prompting rival BJP to accuse the Samajwadi Par...
President Trump speaks at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., on April 6, 2017, after the United States fired a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria in retaliation for a gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Throughout and after the 2016 presidential campaign, political observers and scholars have debated the importance of “authoritarianism” in affecting whether Americans supported Donald Trump in both the Republican primary and the general election...