Leo Varadkar‘s Fine Gael party has led the government for nine years. It has come under domestic pressure on issues like housing, health care, and the divergent paths of the economy in different regions. Ireland’s larger question is on the Brexit negotiations and managing the new border between it and the UK.
Imperialism, racism, wealth inequality, corporate corruption, and “the political establishment” – what does Kremlin-sponsored radio’s 24/7 FM broadcast in Washington, D.C. discuss? I listened for a month to find out.
Historically frequent changes in party control of White House, Congress to continue?
In addition to the many imminent questions about the U.S. elections Tuesday, November 6, is a more historical one of continuity and volatility. The back-and-forth changes of party control in Congress and the White House seen during the past decade are unlike anything in the last hundred years.
A Spanish diplomat and I joined nearly 600 other international observers, deployed all across Russia, for the March 18 presidential elections. The two of us flew several hours east overnight from Moscow, and then with a local driver and interpreter met voters and elections officials in frozen central Eurasia. Here’s some of what we saw.
In October 2017, I traveled throughout the West Bank with the American Federation for Ramallah Palestine. A few of my reflections were published in the Times of Israel (in English and in Arabic).
In traditional souks we met the sellers of spices and vegetables of every kind, as well as iPhones and Haagen-Dazs….
Beyond the spice shops and restaurants and holy sites, though, this is also Occupied Palestine…. I saw things that reminded me of the difficulties in Banja Luka, Tijuana, and Kirkuk. A new art gallery illustrates decades of resistance to occupation, and I anticipated decades more. But the graffiti on the Palestinian side of The Wall – peace doves, Trump satire, pizza ads – chronicles desperate, ironic, yet hopeful Palestinians. It was fascinating to me that many of the Palestinians I met were not pessimistic.
Instead, they told me to look at Northern Ireland, South Africa, the Berlin Wall….