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hina is not a democracy; at least not in the sense to which our western sensibility is acclimated. Starting in the 1980s (the period of opening up and reform), the government organized village elections in which several candidates would run. They labelled this “the New Democracy” or “Democracy with Chinese characteristic”. Nevertheless, in practice each of the candidates was chosen or in the least “approved” by the single dominant Communist Party of China.

Published in East Asia

Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it, so that when Men come to be undeceiv’d, it is too late; the Jest is over, and the Tale has had its Effect.”--Jonathan Swift “Facts are a stubborn thing”--John Adams “People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole.” --Donald Trump in The Art of the Deal

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ruthful hyperbole” as defined in the last quote above by Donald Trump may go a long way in explaining, at least partially, why he won the presidency.

Published in Americas

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nexorably, the reality of the FBI Russia probe is catching up with the Caligula presidency. Trump alternatively calls it “fake news” or “witch hunt” and wants the “leakers” found and exposed, but meanwhile FBI Director James Comey confirms that the investigation is ongoing and for real.

Published in Caligula Presidency

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hat is 'politics' a Senator's quip went ... 'Poli' he said means many in Greek, and 'tics' are bloodsucking parasites. It drew a large laugh not just from the audience and the Supreme Court nominee being questioned by the Senate Judiciary Committee, but the senators themselves.

Published in Americas

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t is a measure of poetic justice that the man who a few years ago went around accusing President Obama of being an illegitimate president (because allegedly he was not born in America) now finds himself branded as illegitimate by the vast majority of young Americans between the ages of 18 and 30 (see the GenForward poll below), at the tune of 74%.

Published in Caligula Presidency

The treacherous work by Sasikala and allies against the AIADMK, Jayalalithaa and O Paneerselvam has taken the party founded by MGR at a crossroads as the party is losing its meaning.

Published in Asia-Pacific

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he Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could soon find himself with a raft of sweeping powers as his party pushes for a far-reaching law with limited checks and balances that would transform the current parliamentary system of Turkey into a presidential one. Last January 21, a number of constitutional amendments seeking to expand the powers of Turkey’s president won the support of 339 deputies in a parliament composed of 550 members.

Published in Middle East

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t has been pointed out that if you wish to know the value system of a society, all you need to do is look at its budget. A budget proposal reveals, as no other rhetorical tool will, what is really important to a society and what is not.

Published in Caligula Presidency
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