Whatever the outcome of the US Election, Trumpism is here to stay

by Abdullah Shihipar In a few days Americans will head to the polls to decide who their next commander in chief will be.  Millions have already cast their ballots early in what seems like the longest presidential election in recent history. Debates have been held, punches have been thrown, epithets have been hurled and lives have… Read More

US Presidential Election: Politics Beyond Parties

by Sudip Bhattacharya   Poulami Banerji is my younger cousin and an all-around badass. Although only in her early twenties, she works for an USAID contractor, is an avowed intersectional feminist and volunteers for an organisation that provides free tutoring services to students in DC public schools performing below grade level. But when asked about her… Read More

Jeremy Corbyn and the problem with leaders

by Maurice Mcleod  Leaders make me nervous. If you believe you are the person who knows the way forward, who should lead your peers and speak for the masses you should probably not be allowed anywhere near power. This nervousness is why I ultimately want direct democracy with people regaining real power over their lives.… Read More

The Left, the Right, and American Exceptionalism

by Sudip Bhattacharya I was in high-school when I stopped standing for the pledge of allegiance. As the occupation in Iraq reached its peak and the War on Terror rampaged on, the further and further away I felt from the stars and stripes hanging from the wall. During our current presidential campaign, that same sense… Read More

Why the #BernieorBust movement is failing Americans of colour

by Abdullah Shihipar  This past Feburary, I was having dinner with my brother and some of his friends in Boston. As we were waiting for our food and making conversation, the topic soon turned to the ongoing presidential elections. The New Hampshire primary had just concluded and Donald Trump had resoundingly defeated his opponents. Amongst those… Read More

African Women winning elections: Lessons for Hillary Clinton

by Naleli Morojele  Nelson Mandela once said, “If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don’t ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers.” What Mandela meant is that there is a perception that countries besides the USA or Britain (and other global north countries) are… Read More

What a difference eight years makes; Hillary Clinton was confronted about white privilege live on air

by Maya Goodfellow  “Can you tell us what white privilege means to you and can you give me an example from your life or career when you think you have benefitted from it?” This was the question Thalia Anguiano put to Hillary Clinton, one of the world’s most famous Democrats and the woman who could… Read More

Obama-ology

by Sabo Kpade Talks of an Obama biopic have been dismissed as too hasty – the cinematic equivalent of burial rites performed in anticipation of the subject’s death. One could say the same about any number of works of art with him as inspiration. Wiser to wait for when his tenure is over, when the… Read More