TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban stepped to the podium on Tuesday looking to make a point. Speaking to reporters following the Crimson Tide’s first spring practice, Saban became a little agitated when asked if the Crimson Tide would return to a more “ball-control” offense under new coordinator Brian Daboll. Saban shot down the notion of the Crimson Tide’s offense slowing down its pace. In his response, he also managed to rant about the NCAA and politics. ...
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Rights activist Irom Sharmila, who is spending a post-election sabbatical in Kerala, said on Monday that the people of Manipur are hypnotised by the system of money and muscle-power based electoral politics. Participating in a meet-the-press programme organised by the Kesari Memorial Journalists' Trust here, she reiterated her resolve to quit politics, but added that she wanted her political outfit—the Peoples' Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA)—to su...
United Nations: The number of women in executive government and in Parliament worldwide has stagnated, with only marginal improvements since 2015, according to data presented in the Women in Politics 2017 Map launched on Thursday by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women.  India was placed at 148 in representation of women in executive government. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the head of UN Women, has called for reservations for women across the world. The data showed that women made...
WILL no one stand up for the Dutch cosmopolitan elite? For many observers of this week’s election in the Netherlands there was only one story: the fate of Geert Wilders, the bottle-blond nativist who wants to ban the Koran and exit the European Union. Rare was the bar in Limburg, Mr Wilders’s home province, left unmolested by journalists expecting Dutch voters to deliver a populist hat-trick, following the triumphs of Brexit and Donald Trump. The young, educated urbanites of Amsterdam’s Ca...
Chris Evans is doubling down on his political comments, regardless of whether or not it offends moviegoers. The Captain America star made headlines last month after he exchanged strong words with former KKK leader David Duke following Duke’s support of Jeff Sessions’ confirmation as U.S. Attorney General. In an interview with Esquire, Evans didn’t shy away from politics, expressing that he’s feeling “rage” about President Donald Trump’s election win las...
Saturday Night Live decided to savage more than the president in its latest episode, taking on Trump’s daughter Ivanka and branding her “complicit,” for refusing to halt her father’s agenda. The skit, a faux fragrance ad starring host Scarlett Johansson, shows the starlet strutting through a Mar-a-Lago-esque dinner party in a sparkly gown, with Ivanka’s signature nonplussed expression on her face. “She’s Ivanka,”  a voiceover says, as Johansson turns he...
NEW DELHI: With BJP’s massive win in UP, CPI(M) said that the massive mandate the party has received is dangerous for the country as it will encourage the brand of Hindutva politics which is harmful for the nation. The Left party said that BJP’s win in UP has been accomplished by a mix of rank communal appeal and by putting together a wide ranging caste coalition. “It was this combination that propelled Narendra Modi and the BJP in Lok Sabha elections in the state and th...
LUCKNOW: The voter in Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP is set to form a government, has rejected the "politics of appeasement", party leader Yogi Adityanath said on Saturday. The MP told IANS that the people's mandate for the Bharatiya Janata Party was in favour of the credo pitched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi: 'Sabka saath, sabka vikaas' (Development for all).  "People have rejected the politics of appeasement and discrimination," he said, in an apparent r...
Beware the political-industrial complex. They rig the game for their benefit. The public interest is the loser. Here's how to fix it. By nearly every measure, America's political industry is thriving. Campaigns are now seemingly endless and put to work an immense roster of canvassers, pollsters, and staff; top consultants are in high demand; media interest is bottomless; and when it comes to elections, overall spending (a normal proxy for an industry's success) is near an all-time high. There's...
Covering sports has become political, like everything else. Bryan Curtis proclaimed sportswriting a liberal profession. Those same liberal sportswriters have been pilloried for their arrogance. What sports content you consume now has political connotations. People who produce that content are having a hard time “sticking to sports.” Since sports media members’ politics are of interest, we tried to ground the general observations with some data. We surveyed 51 sports media membe...
A number of women are currently making waves in Kenyan politics. Today. March 8th 2017 being International Women’s Day, we are proud to celebrate some of the most outstanding ones. Here they are: 1. Wavinya Ndeti. She is the CCM party leader and former MP for Kathiani constituency. Wavinya is currently vying for the Machakos gubernatorial seat against a well-performing Alfred Mutua. It takes a lot of guts to go against a top dog. Image: Twitter   2. Millie Odhiambo. She has more bal...
Fiery criticism with tongue-in-cheek commentary is a valid enterprise. There is a stark divide between cheeky criticism and morally indignant politicking in disguise. Sony’s latest PlayStation 4 game, Horizon: Zero Dawn is the latest to come under fire for political incorrectness. Accused of cultural appropriation for its portrayal of a futuristic primitive society, the game’s developers have seen a flood of condemnation for stating that it was impossible for them to predict what would offen...
NEW DELHI: A few hours after the Supreme Court expressed concern over the fact that its order to egister an FIR against rape-accused UP minister Gayatri Prajapati should not be given any political colour,  the state government arrested the gunman of the minister who is also an accused. Prajapati has been evading arrest following an FIR filed against him in alleged cases of gang-rape and attempt to rape a woman and her daughter. On the lam from the law, the minister approached the apex...
A Banksy wall painting is seen in one of the rooms of the 'The Walled Off Hotel' in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. The nine-room hotel will officially open on March 11. Dusan Vranic / Associated PressSkift Take: Banksy has become one of the most fascinating artists-slash-tourist-magnets in modern times. If this property indeed operates like a typical hotel, we expect demand will push rates far above $30 a night. — Hannah SampsonA Palestinian guesthouse packed with artwork of the elusive B...
Lead poisoning, low water pressure and contamination of water sources are widespread problems in Mexican cities. Aging, decaying infrastructure is the problem — in some cities, water infrastructure is more than 70 years old. In my book, “Water and Politics: Clientelism and Reform in Urban Mexico,” I find that the real challenge of providing high-quality water is not a financial or technical one. Instead, politics are what hinder access to safe water in Mexico’s cities...
SEKMAI: In “dry” Manipur, it is not just electoral politics that is getting this Assembly segment high. When it comes to the 16th Assembly constituency called Sekmai, located some 20 km from capital Imphal, there is more than one reason that the name rings bells across the Northeast. Sekmai also means the most famous local brew of Manipur. As the battle of ballots between ruling Congress and resurgent BJP gathers momentum, there is a free flow of the local brew not only to differen...
AMETHI: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of resorting to the politics of hatred in face of SP-Congress combine challenges to the BJP in the ongoing UP assembly polls.      "Modi ji pehle khush the, magar gathbandhan ke bad unka chehra utar gaya hai aur ab we nafrat failane ki rajniti karne lage hain. (Prime Minister Modi happened to be happy and confident earlier, but following the Congress-SP alliance, he has begun spreading the...
ON THE Indian subcontinent, as in no other part of the world, women have risen to the pinnacle of politics. Indira Gandhi of India, Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan and Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar are all famous names. Less well known is that Sri Lanka was the first country ever to elect a woman prime minister, or that it has also had a female president. For 22 of the past 25 years Bangladesh, a largely Muslim country with more people than France and Germany combined, has been led by a woman. And the ...
Kenneth Joseph Arrow passed away on Tuesday at the age of 95. Probably no other individual has made more fundamental contributions to social science. In his 1954 paper with Gérard Debreu, Arrow proved the existence of equilibrium in a competitive economy. In doing so, he offered a rigorous foundation of Adam Smith’s conjecture: solely by pursuing their desires, the individual plans of consumer and producers are guaranteed to meet. While working at the RAND Corporation durin...
You know American politics is fraying when California liberals are plotting how to secede from the Union, Berkeley is the new poster child for suppressing free speech on college campuses, and fascist gangs dressed in black go around destroying property and physically assaulting people who hold differing political views — all while calling themselves anti-fascists.