THREE years ago, he was largely unknown to the public. Today he is a step away from becoming France’s president. Emmanuel Macron’s remarkable rise from obscurity to favourite for the presidential election on May 7th carries symbolic value well beyond his homeland. If he defeats Marine Le Pen of the National Front (FN), as polls suggest he will, the country will have shown the rest of the world not only that it can favour youth over seniority, and optimism over fear, but that pro-European lib...
KOLKATA: BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday said that no force, not even the ruling Trinamool Congress, can stop the party from making the government in West Bengal in the 2021 Assembly elections. Commencing a three-day tour of West Bengal with door-to-door visits followed by a public meeting at Naxalbari in Darjeeling district on Tuesday, the BJP president blamed the state government for not letting central schemes reach the rural poor. “When central schemes can work so well in Gujarat, ...
If Jeremy Corbyn emerges as Prime Minister after the General Election on June 8th it would be an unprecedented disaster for the United Kingdom. Even many members of the Labour Party privately, or sometimes publicly, agree with that assessment. The good news is that it is astonishingly unlikely that such an event will transpire. Some have compared Corbyn to Senator Bernie Sanders. Both men like penal tax rates, have praised Communist Cuba, and back appeasement of terrorist groups. Both are aged l...
BHUBANESWAR: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday slammed the BJP for playing divisive politics and urged regional parties to come together to stop the saffron brigade’s surge in the country. The Trinamool Congress chief, who arrived in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday on a three-day visit, also said she may meet Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik even as speculations of a non-BJP third front alliance are rife. Mamata, who is facing protests ...
Paranoid politics did not start with Donald Trump, and sadly, it will not end with him either. In a seminal piece on political paranoia, published in the November 1964 issue of Harper’s, Pulitzer Prize winning historian Richard Hofstadter noted that the paranoid style has been around long before the alt-right discovered it — its targets in American political history have included immigrants, Catholics, international bankers, Masons, Jesuits, abortionists, the press, munitions maker...
Last Thursday two US ships launched cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase, in response to a Syrian chemical weapons attack. The attack followed warnings from the Trump administration that chemical weapons attacks were an un-crossable red line for the Syrian regime. Despite this, I doubt many expected the subsequent missile strikes, with news of the strikes sending US stock market futures lower. US shares quickly levelled out, as it became clear that Syria’s powerful ally Russia would most likely...
NEW DELHI: The Congress on Monday alleged in the Rajya Sabha that the investigating agencies like CBI and ED are being “unleashed selectively” against serving and former Chief Ministers of Opposition-ruled States and created an uproar following which the Deputy Chairman of the House had to adjourn the proceedings twice during the Zero Hour. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said there is selective targeting of CMs and former CMs of Oppo...
MUMBAI: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today asked the party leaders and workers to keep the welfare of people at the centre of their politics. Addressing a meeting here to mark 37th foundation day of the BJP, Fadnavis said Atal Bihari Vajpayee gave a direction to the party in the 1980s, and it reached the peak under Narendra Modi's leadership. "BJP is an ideology-driven party. Party workers think beyond themselves in the larger interest of the society," he said...
Thanks to the current super-charged political climate, discussion of political issues seems to pop up almost everywhere, even during coverage of football games. In recognition of that, ESPN has issued new guidelines for how and when its staff are supposed to mix sports and politics. In a blog post about the new rules, ESPN public editor Jim Brady acknowledged that coming out with these kinds of guidelines is something that typically happens before an election, not after. But “we are living...
In this Nov. 26, 2014 photo, passengers leave a departure area after arriving at Logan International Airport in Boston. Some international travelers are citing politics as a factor in whether to visit the U.S. this year. Michael Dwyer / Associated PressSkift Take: Brand USA had so many past survey respondents scribbling in politics as a factor making it less likely they would visit the United States that the tourism body made it a new multiple choice option. In the head-scratching category, Ch...
The U.S. Capitol. (John F. Kelly/The Washington Post) As a candidate, Donald Trump vowed that if elected he would use his business talents to make the best deals for the American people. But as president, Trump’s first foray into dealmaking failed miserably with the demise last week of the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. What went wrong? Real estate deals and legislative deals are quite different — and Trump’s business experience is ill-suited for work with Congr...
Richard Branson isn’t shy about his political views. (GeekWire Photo / John Cook) Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson is clearly unhappy with President Donald Trump – and he thinks that a different sort of business leader, such as former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, would have been much better for America. But the way Branson sees it, even Bloomberg may have a problem now. “There is a danger that Trump will have blown it for any business person to ever follow into the Whi...
The life of a celebrity is not easy all over the world.  Any mistake or decision no matter how little can cause you a lot. In Ghana, celebrities have gotten themselves in a couple of issues all because of politics, with the latest being John Dumelo. Below are some celebrities who have had issues because of politics. 1. John Dumelo. Aside being castigated for supporting the NDC, news got out last week that he’s been caught in possession of some government vehicles reported missing. JohnDu...
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R- Wis.) last week announced the decision to pull the Republican health-care bill.(Oliver Contreras for The Washington Post) The failure of the American Health Care Act is a stunning moment. The failure was not just a one-off event that can be blamed on President Trump, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) or any specific politician. It is the culminating event in a broader process of “political fragmentation” that I have been writing about for several yea...
Here is a timeline of how the slipper has formed an important weapon of making a political statement over the years. Sycophancy tool 1976: N D Tiwari is said to have carried Sanjay Gandhi’s slippers at the heights of the Emergency. Once the dark days were over, the episode became synonymous with the dynastic culture of Congress 2010: Maharashtra minister Ramesh Bagwe picks up Rahul Gandhi’s shoes, as the scion pays homage at an Ambedkar’s statue in Mumbai. People harked back ...
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...