Populist parties were wiped out and the PvdA topped the polls, but it would be easy to be wrong-footed by the Dutch results of the EU elections, writes columnist Syp Wynia.In last week’s European elections, the PvdA bagged the biggest win while the CDA and VVD managed a decent score. The populist parties on the left and right (SP and PVV) were wiped out and Forum voor Democratie got fewer votes than expected. GroenLinks won and D66 lost. It may look like the old order has been restored but that is far from certain.Things were quite different in the rest of Europe. In some of the biggest countries of the European Union traditionally Europhile politicians got the boot. Italy and France rewarded Geert Wilders’ friends (Matteo Salvini and Marine le Pen) who won decisively. In the UK Nigel Farage’s Brexit party won most UK seats and in Poland and Hungary the nationalist government parties also won.In Flanders the Vlaams Blok made a strong come-back (while the more moderate … [Read more...] about Wynia’s Week: The Dutch EU election results are not European
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Grant Suneson and Samuel Stebbins 24/7 Wall Street Published 8:19 AM EDT May 28, 2019 In American politics, the issue of income inequality comes up frequently. As wealth continues to concentrate at the top – now the wealthiest 10% of American households control nearly 75% of household net worth – the middle continues to shrink, and some previously thriving metro areas have been hard hit by extreme poverty. But income inequality is not a uniquely American issue. Nations from all six populated continents have massive wealth gaps between their richest and poorest residents. Many of the most economically productive countries in the world have not been able to devise a way to stop, or even slow, the growing inequality. Income inequality across a population is quantified using the Gini coefficient measure. On the Gini scale, inequality is measured from 0 to 1, where 0 represents a perfectly equal society and 1 represents extreme inequality where a single individual … [Read more...] about These 15 countries have the biggest gaps between rich and poor
Ever since our newfound Russian Federation collided with the Western world some 30 years ago, the cross-cultural exchange exploded at such a crazy pace that we’re still dealing with the consequences. One of the most enduring ones is the association of Russian women with something easily available, cheap or otherwise lacking dignity. A simple Google search reveals dozens of travel blogs dedicated to how “easy” women are in a particular country. Russia towers over all others. Then there are the Eastern-European mail-order brides - women seeking a better life outside the former Soviet Union. Ask Google if “Russian women are easy” and it gives you countless search results. The same thing happens when you scroll through an article on the subject: the panel on the right gives you a Google context ad in Russian: “Meet women seeking sponsorship.” The woman in the photo is immaculate – perfect makeup and hair, curvy body and a Burberry coat … [Read more...] about OPINION: Are Russian women ‘easy’?
Mary Lou McDonald, Sinn Féin’s president, and her deputy, Michelle O’Neill, visited London for talks with government ministers and Jeremy Corbyn on Monday. The New Statesman met McDonald in Portcullis House before her meeting with the Labour leader. What follows is a full transcript of our conversation – on Brexit, abstentionism, and Irish unity – with minor edits for clarity and length. NS: You wouldn’t presume to tell Jeremy Corbyn or any other British politician how to do their job. But have you been slightly disappointed by Labour’s equivocation on the backstop, given his status as a longstanding friend of the republican movement? MLM: Jeremy is the leader of the British Labour Party, so in the first instance, that’s his first consideration – and that’s completely and utterly legitimate. He is a person who understands Ireland very deeply, and, in fairness to him, at a time when things were difficult … [Read more...] about Mary Lou McDonald: “Seven Fenians entering parliament wouldn’t stabilise the situation”
Play an excerpt from "They Look Like Men of War" Your browser does not support the audio element. Play an excerpt from "They Look Like Men of War" Your browser does not support the audio element. Music by rapper Jay-Z, singer Cyndi Lauper, jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon and bandleader Cab Calloway, the original Broadway cast album of "Hair," and the charming scholastic ditties created for the Saturday morning animated series "Schoolhouse Rock" are among the latest recordings to be added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry, to be preserved for future generations. On March 20, 2019, the Library named 25 audio recordings to be inducted to the Registry, a compendium of sound recordings deemed representative of America's artistic, cultural and historic treasures. The recordings in the Registry, which span all genres – from rock, pop, jazz, classical, country and gospel to Broadway and movies, radio and news broadcasts, and comedy albums – have been … [Read more...] about Jay-Z, Cyndi Lauper, “Schoolhouse Rock” added to National Recording Registry