Category Archives: Politics

Indonesia’s Rights Struggle: Deciding Which Candidate Is the ‘Lesser Evil’

  A debate showed that neither candidate in Indonesia’s presidential race has any plans to address human-rights abuses. JAKARTA—Standing on a stage in the Hotel Bidakara’s ballroom in downtown Jakarta during a presidential debate, Indonesia’s incumbent leader, Joko Widodo, meekly defended what has been, at best, a checkered record on human rights. Widodo, popularly known […]

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The root cause of corruption

  If we want to cut down on corruption, we will have to start working more seriously on reducing the huge chasm between the rich and the poor Transparency International, a global anti-corruption coalition, ranked India 81 out of 180 countries in its corruption index of 2017. The least corrupt nations were New Zealand, Denmark, […]

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How sex and gender influence how we vote

  Leading up to the recent midterm elections in the United States, pundits predicted women voters and candidates would alter the race. There were, in fact, historic changes as more women than ever gained seats in U.S. Congress, breaking the 100-seat barrier. The winners included two Muslim women and a Native American woman, both historic […]

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Should We Care About Inequality?

  Since Occupy Wall Street, “inequality” has emerged as a central theme of progressive politics. Is that a good thing? Following the sensational success of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, with no less than 2.5 million copies of the book sold worldwide, inequality is now widely perceived, to quote Bernie Sanders, as “the […]

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Brazilian Democracy on the Brink

  After years of corruption scandals, economic malaise, and deepening political polarization, Brazilians have lost faith in the promise of democracy, and could soon elect a dangerous authoritarian to the presidency. Before going to the polls on October 7, Brazilians should understand exactly what a vote for Jair Bolsonaro would mean for the future of […]

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