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White supremacist groups like the National Socialist Movement, seen here at a rally in Arkansas on Nov. 10, 2018, have gained power in the U.S. since 2016. Reuters/Jim Urquhart

White nationalism, born in the USA, is now a global terror threat

The recent massacre at a New Zealand mosque is a traceable, direct outgrowth of an American white nationalist movement that insists immigrants and people of color are a threat to 'white civilization.'
Good economic times have allowed us to become complacent, meaning conditions are ripe. Shutterstock

Australia’s populist moment has arrived

It's been 27 years since our last recession. Conditions are ripe for a populist revolt when the next one arrives.
Pro-Europeans protest against the rulling coalition Social Democrat Party (PSD) next to the Romanian Atheneum during the ceremony of taking over the Presidency of EU Council in Bucharest January 10, 2019. Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Should we trust Romania at the head of the European Union council?

With Romania at the helm of the EU, many fear that there's a bumpy ride ahead. But there's no need to worry (too much).
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses supporters after the parliamentary election in Budapest, Hungary, April 8, 2018. RREUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

How Viktor Orban degraded Hungary’s weak democracy

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has transformed from a liberal into an authoritarian leader who uses the tools of democracy to attack civil society. Hungarians are protesting in the streets.
Although there is a global war on gender studies, women’s movements around the world continue to resist. Here people shout slogans during a protest at the Sol square during the International Women’s Day in Madrid, March 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

The new war on gender studies

A bomb threat outside a gender research institute in Sweden is just one sign that things are escalating in the long battle for global gender equality.
Yellow vest protesters want French president Emmanuel Macron to feel their pain. Is he listening? Reuters/Stephane Mahe

Shockwaves from French ‘yellow vest’ protests felt across Europe

President Emmanuel Macron has presented himself as a defender of the liberal order against the rising tide of right-wing populism. But he can't lead Europe while mass protests have France in crisis.
A worker answers a telephone in the office of pro-Brexit group Leave.EU in London, February 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Brexit rooted more in elite politics than mass resentment

The history of Britain's vote to exit from the European Union, known as Brexit, is not a tale of populist resentment toward globalization. It is a top-down story of leaders and elite ideology.
A gilets jaunes “yellow vest” protester on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris takes a photograph using his mobile phone (December 8, 2018). Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Debate: The ‘gilets jaunes’ movement is not a Facebook revolution

There’s an orderly fashion to so-called disruptive "manifestations", as they’re called in French. But the "gilets jaunes" didn’t follow the rules. So who exactly broke the rules?
A Honduran migrant lies on a riverbank as Mexican police move away from tear gas fired by U.S. agents at the Mexico-U.S. border in Tijuana, Mexico, on Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Donald Trump’s populism preys upon collective anxieties

President Donald Trump's deployment of inflammatory rhetoric about immigration is now in action. Here's why Canadians should be alarmed by populism that preys upon people's insecurities.

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