The woeful record of populist governments in dealing with COVID-19 is unlikely to convince voters New Zealand should emulate them.
In this August 2016 photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, right, welcomes pro-Brexit British politician Nigel Farage to speak at a campaign rally in Jackson, Miss.
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Most populists are only against the system, they aren’t for anything in particular, as Donald Trump’s presidency and Brexit proves. A progressive wave will soon be upon us in response.
France’s Marine Le Pen has failed to make an impact during the pandemic.
Incumbent governments are enjoying renewed popularity during the pandemic, while far-right challengers get bogged down in conspiracy theories.
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As the Black Lives Matter movement has , statues of figures linked to slavery have been removed. Such actions are just symbolic, however. What is at stake is the systemic transformation of the present.
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Germany, New Zealand and Taiwan share a common trait beyond having women in the top job.
The media have mad a significant contribution to the current crisis of democracy - now, they must play a vital role in any democratic revival.
The policy is neither rational nor reasonable, and so could be at risk of being struck out.
Hanson has been largely unsuccessful in seeing her signature policies realised. But she has helped normalise xenophobia and racism and thus had a disproportionate influence on the national debate.
Out and about: Jair Bolsanaro waves to supporters during a rally in Brasilia on April 19.
Jair Bolsonaro has ignored and openly challenged the advice of health authorities, sacked his health minister and tried to use the pandemic for political gain.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
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If enacted, the funding cuts may cause the WHO to go bankrupt in the middle of a pandemic. Trump's move also signals the US is no longer prepared to provide a leadership role in global health issues.
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Populist leaders can be a liability. Their optimistic bias and complacency, ambiguity, and ignorance of science undermine crisis management and put all at risk.
Covid-19 awareness event at a government hospital in Siliguri, Bengal on 21 February 2020.
The COVID-19 pandemic must be managed in India in a tense economic context and with a largely privatised health system.
A British Columbia motorist approaches the U.S. port of entry into Blaine, Wash., at a very quiet Douglas-Peace Arch border crossing on the day Ottawa and Washington announced the Canada-U.S. border will be closed to non-essential traffic because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Canada's ban on foreign travellers is not consistent with the science of the pandemic or Canada's own values of inclusion and openness to outsiders.
A former education secretary says universities need to choose between being "engines for equality" or "engines of inequality".
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The French president presents himself to all things to all people – leaving voters with less meaningful choice at the ballot box.
A supporter of the Sardines anti-populist movement.
A tense regional election leaves food for thought on all sides.
The slogan that accompanied Donald Trump’s victory as president of the United States in 2016.
Deciphering the political and historical basis of climate denial in America, of which Trump is the worthy heir.
Democracy needs to apply to our economies, as well as our politics.
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Unlike older visions of economic democracy which started with class or the collective, the starting point now should be the individual
L'appel des camps, Street Art, bâtiment de la “Tour Paris 13”, avant destruction dans le cadre d’une opération de rénovation urbaine.
We have entered a resurgent age of racism wherein discrimination is globalised, normalised and weaponised.