Panel discusses rise of right-wing populism in Europe

first_imgProfessors from the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies explored the current political landscape and the rise of right-wing populism in Europe through the lens of four countries: France, the Netherlands, Italy and Germany.Olivier Morel, assistant professor of Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) and Romance Languages and Literatures, began the panel Monday night with an analysis of the political sphere in France. While he said the rise of far-right institutions is threatening, it is nothing new in French politics as the trend has been apparent for at least three decades.“Nothing erupts by total chance or accident,” he said. “The idea that most of what we see is a disastrous, unique, unprecedented event is a fallacy.”Citing evidence of rising hate speech, “non-verbal approaches to politics” such as marches and ceremonies, and quotes that know how to attract media attention, he said this political far-right in France is catering to the masses who are losing jobs through industrialization. Morel also said hate, especially toward minorities, is becoming institutionalized, which is difficult to undo.Finally, in a theme reiterated by the other panelists, Morel said the European Union (EU) is now an “ideological vacuum.”“You will not see voters get enthusiastic about the European Union anymore,” he said.Michel Hockx, director of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, drew on this same point when discussing politics in his native country of the Netherlands. The current populist party in the country, the Party for Freedom, includes leaving the EU as one of two primary points in its election manifesto. The other point is that it wants to de-Islamicize the Netherlands.“The right-wing, anti-Islam organizations in the Netherlands present themselves as defenders of the Dutch vision of tolerance, liberalism, openness to the gay community, etc.”Hockx was hesitant to use the word “right-wing” when describing the populist party, though, since he said most of the parties use right-wing ideas to gain votes.“The situation in the Netherlands is such that is has already changed from being right-wing populism to simply being populism,” he said.Lucia Manzi, a Ph.D. candidate in political science, focused on a current party in Italy — the Five Star Movement. She said the group serves those who feel they have a lack of representation in government and who distrust democracy by focusing on implementing direct democracy and more transparency in government.Manzi said it is hard to define the group as belonging to the left or right since all the policy issues are voted online. Reiterating the previous statements about the EU, she said many politicians today are relying on supranational institutions.“It is not by chance that populist movements all aim target at the European Union because the European Union has become a major political actor. Several policy decisions that are made at the country level come down or are affected by the European Union,” she said.Manzi said while the party does not directly threaten democracy, the movement does threaten democracy in its current form, which is one based on political parties.The final panelist, A. James McAdams, director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, discussed German politics.He said the Alternative for Germany party is “populist, Euro-skeptic, anti-immigrant … and anti-science.”McAdams said the movement matters, whether it wins an election or not.“It represents a powerful influence on German attitudes about what appropriate behavior is and about the political course that the elites should follow,” he said, citing that the group legitimizes violence and sets the political tone.McAdams said he is primarily concerned about the political state of Germany since it holds great influence over the future of Europe.“Now that Britain has left, there is no other power that is in the position to set the tone for Europe, whether we like it or not. The problem is … the Germans just aren’t sure that they like it. This is not the Germany of old; this is ambivalent Germany,” he said.Tags: Brexit, Europe, germany, populism, right winglast_img read more

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Paul Merson defends Cesc Fabregas over Arsenal transfer decision

first_imgPaul Merson defends Cesc Fabregas over Arsenal transfer decision Metro Sport ReporterSunday 29 Mar 2020 12:12 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link414Shares Comment Cesc Fabregas left Arsenal to rejoin Barcelona in the summer of 2011 (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson is adamant Cesc Fabregas was well within his rights to leave Arsenal for Barcelona and defended his decision to leave the north London club during a period of ‘decline’.The Spaniard opened up on his acrimonious departure from the Gunners during an appearance on the Arsecast podcast last week, during which he claimed only two players, Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri, were of a comparable level in terms of technical ability during his final years at the club.Having resisted the overtures of Barcelona following his World Cup winning heroics with Spain in 2010, Fabregas eventually rejoined his boyhood club 12 months later in a £35million deal.AdvertisementAdvertisementRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENTA section of Arsenal fans have never forgiven Fabregas, particularly given he opted to join Chelsea following a mixed spell at Barcelona, but Merson insists he fully understood the creative midfielder’s motives. ‘I can understand the reason Cesc Fabregas laid out as to why he left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2011,’ Merson told Sky Sports. ‘I don’t know too many footballers, who when Barcelona and Real Madrid come calling don’t go.‘Fabregas is an interesting case because he did leave Barcelona as a youngster to go to Arsenal, but he couldn’t turn it down when they came calling again.‘I can’t think of too many players that could turn it down. You may get a player to wait around another year, but they always end up going in the end, and I had no problem with Fabregas going when he did.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He was a great servant for Arsenal, and I can understand where he was coming from when he spoke about the pressure on winning trophies and the club’s lack of recruitment.‘He’d given his all for the club and the reality is that he could probably see Arsenal were a team in decline, and as I said, I don’t know too many professional footballers who could turn down Barcelona.‘In the end, his decision was proved right. The lad’s a special player, there’s no doubt about it. Whatever football team he’d have gone to he would have improved. There are not many footballers around the world that can say they can walk into any side in the world and improve it.‘There are players like Van Dijk, Kevin de Bruyne, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo that can do it, but not many. Fabregas was a special talent and I had no qualms with how his time at Arsenal ended.’MORE: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta orders transfer raid on Real Madrid for Chelsea target Luka JovicMORE: Manchester City convinced Arsenal leading push to have Champions League ban upheldRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news livecenter_img Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Mikel Arteta hails Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ improved attitude ahead of Arsenal vs Brighton

first_imgMikel Arteta hails Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ improved attitude ahead of Arsenal vs Brighton Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 20 Jun 2020 10:46 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link370Shares Maitland-Niles was cast out of the team earlier this year (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has heaped praise on the changed attitude of Arsenal defender Ainsley Maitland-Niles ahead of his side’s trip to Brighton on Saturday.The right-back lost his place in the team in late January and the Spanish boss later challenged him to ‘work hard’ and ‘fight for his place’.Maitland-Niles’ cameo off the bench in the 3-0 loss to Manchester City on Wednesday night was his first appearance in the Premier League since January 18.And when asked in his press conference before the Brighton game if the 22-year-old’s attitude has now improved, Arteta said: ‘Much better, we discussed that during the lockdown and he’s changed a lot of things, a lot of positive things.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He’s a really honest kid as well, we know him from the academy and the way he has developed here.‘He has all the attributes and qualities to become a really important player, it’s up to him.’ Advertisement Comment Arteta has given Maitland-Niles a second chance (Picture: Getty Images)Maitland-Niles falling out of favour with Arteta prompted rumours of the defender’s exit from the club, but with the sheer amount of games Arsenal have to play in the next month, he may find his way back into the team.The Gunners are on the brink of another defensive crisis after losing Pablo Mari to injury and David Luiz to suspension against City.Left-back Kieran Tierney was forced to fill in at centre-back and academy product Zech Medley could be called up to the first team for the Brighton clash.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalMidfielder Mesut Ozil was dropped from the 20-man squad to face Pep Guardiola’s side, with Arteta citing the decision as ‘tactical’.The German’s contract at the club is due to expire next summer and the club reportedly want to offload him in the next transfer window.MORE: Mikel Arteta set to include Zech Medley in Arsenal squad for Brighton clashMORE: Arsenal complete £14m deal to sign Pablo Mari permanentlyFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Sorrento home reno sells for $2 million

first_imgThe interior was brightened up with a fresh, white finish.The couple gave the waterfront property at 8 Wallaby Place a fresh coat of neutral paint and new carpets, and landscaped the gardens as part of their renovations, channelling a coastal style. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoThe renovation made a splash.Vendors Gina and Tony Sly revealed the 12 month makeover to the Gold Coast Bulletin Realestate when the property hit the market in September.Property records show the house was bought for $1.82 million in 2016. The waterfront property at 8 Wallaby Place is ideal for entertaining.It’s no small wonder what a fresh lick of paint can do. A Sorrento home transformed by a ‘white wash’ revamp has sold for a cool $2 million. center_img New carpet was part of the makeover.Entertaining space was high priority — the outdoor setting can seat up to 20 people. The sale price blitzes the median house price of $1 million for Bundall, which encompasses Sorrento.Edward Smyth of McGrath Estate Agents facilitated the sale.last_img read more

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Chevron stops production at Gorgon Train 1

first_imgUS-based energy giant Chevron has shut down the first liquefaction train at its multi-billion Gorgon LNG plant on Barrow Island in Western Australia.“Production on Gorgon Train 1 was stopped on May 12th due to a failure of a flow measurement device,” Chevron’s spokesman told LNG World News in an emailed statement on Monday.“Train 1 is expected to be down approximately one month for this replacement and we will take this opportunity to perform other routine maintenance,” he said.He added that Trains 2 and 3 were running normally and the terminal is continuing to ship LNG cargoes.Chevron has in March started-up the third and the last Train at the Gorgon facility that has a total capacity of 15.6 million mt/year.The troubled $54 billion LNG project has experienced several production interruptions since it shipped its first cargo in March last year.“The Gorgon project is currently loading a ship about every 2 days and has shipped 67 cargoes to date with 38 cargoes shipped since the beginning of the year,” Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production president Stephen Green said during the company’s first-quarter conference call on April 28.According to Green, all three Trains were running over 85% of nameplate capacity at that time, processing gas from both the Jansz and Gorgon fields.“Looking ahead, we’ll complete commissioning and start-up of additional equipment, which boosts efficiency of the trains such as the turbo expanders and the end flash gas compressors, systems that can be started now that all 3 trains are operational,” Green said during the call.Once all systems are in operation, Chevron plans to begin the optimization and tuning of each train, the first step in further increasing the plant’s capacity.“After this, we’ll analyze plant performance and look for debottlenecking opportunities that will increase capacity and capture incremental value going forward,” Green said.The Gorgon LNG project is operated by Chevron that owns a 47.3 percent stake, while other shareholders are ExxonMobil (25 percent), Shell (25 percent), Osaka Gas (1.25 percent), Tokyo Gas (1 percent) and Chubu Electric Power (0.417 percent). LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

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$USM1.4 loan from CDB described as positive news by public works minister

first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews $USM1.4 loan from CDB described as positive news by public works minister by: – March 15, 2012 67 Views   no discussions Tweet Public works minister Rayburn Blackmore. Photo credit: togetherwemust.comPublic Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore says addition funding received from the Central Development Bank for the Valley Road Project is positive news for the people of Dominica and by extension the government.Last week government signed a loan agreement with the Caribbean Development Bank for over $4 million.Blackmoore told a press conference yesterday that 11.5 kilometers of road in the Roseau Valley area has been rehabilitated however “some major interventions” must be done. “We have to eliminate some of the risks associated with the traversing of that road. One of them has to do with the cliff within the intersection of the St Aroment and Bath Estate Road. We will be stabilizing that cliff and improving the road from Bath Estate going into Silver Lake,” he explained.According to Blackmoore the CBD has shown keen interest in the development of Dominica.He said statements about government accountability in relations to the projects undertaken should put to rest.He also highlighted the improvements made to the West Coast Road through the rehabilitation project.“We have been able to dispel all the myths about that road. We need to ask ourselves were it not for the visionary leadership of the prime minister, could we as a people mobilize over one hundred million US dollars to have this project?”He said the official closing ceremony for that project could be held between April 18 and 20th, 2012.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

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Batesville Bats Win 9U Southern Semi-State Championship

first_imgThe Batesville Bats defeated the Brownstown Sluggers 9-4 to win the Cal Ripken 9U Southern Indiana Semi-State Championship on Sunday in Batesville.The team advances to the Indiana State Championship next weekend in Riley, IN where they will take on the host in the best of 3 for the state crown.Courtesy of Coach Paul Drake.last_img

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Cindy McCain joins Rossier Councilors Board

first_imgCindy Hensley McCain, who received a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in special education from USC, joined the Board of Councilors for the Rossier School of Education last week.Learning · Cindy McCain will provide support and advocacy for Rossier. – Daily Trojan file photoThe 20 board members are tasked with providing support, advocacy and advice for the Rossier School of Education.“The education and experiences I gained at USC Rossier have been invaluable throughout my life,” McCain said in a press release issued last Tuesday. “It is an honor to be able to play a part in leading the school toward its mission of improving education for all children.”While studying at USC, McCain was involved in pilot programs examining movement therapy, now considered a standard for working with severely disabled children.“Mrs. McCain has made a career out of doing extraordinary work on behalf of children in need, beginning with her work as a special education teacher and continuing through her philanthropy for children around the world,” said Barbara Goen, assistant dean for communication at the Rossier School of Education.McCain, who worked with disabled children as a teacher at Agua Fria High School in Arizona, founded the American Voluntary Medical Team, an organization that provided medical assistance worldwide to children in poverty from 1988 to 1995.“@USCRossier I am honored and proud to be a part of school of ed,” McCain tweeted in response to the press release, which the Rossier School of Education posted on its Twitter account.As part of the Rossier School of Education’s centennial last February, McCain was honored with the Dean’s Alumni Achievement Award. McCain’s husband, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), presented the award at the school’s gala.At that time, the school established the Cindy Hensley McCain Global Educator Fellowship.The award is granted to “aspiring teachers who will face global challenges in meeting the learning needs of children and youth,” according to the press release.“We are thrilled to have such a tremendous advocate for education and disadvantaged children join our board,” said Karen Symms Gallagher, dean of the Rossier School of Education, in the press release. “Mrs. McCain will be an important asset to the leadership of our school as we continue to grow and have even greater impact in improving urban education locally, nationally and globally.”The Board of Councilors officially meets two or three times in the academic year. The next board meeting is scheduled for September. At the meetings, Goen expects McCain will participate in person or via teleconference.“We will eagerly welcome Mrs. McCain whenever she can be on campus,” Goen said.McCain also serves on the Board of Trustees for The Hazardous Area Life-Support Organization Trust, a non-profit organization that works to clear landmines, and on the board of the Eastern Congo Initiative. She also travels often with the World Food Programme and Operation Smile.last_img read more

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