The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly — EU Elections Reveal Growing Polarization in Europe

(By: conjuncture magazine)

In France the radical right-wing party “Front National” (FN) under Marine Le Pen won in the European elections in “la Grande Nation” with a program under the title “French people first” and the demand to reinsert the death penalty. In Germany a new right-wing party “Alternative for Germany” (AfD) was capable of uniting the conservative right upper-middle class with some radical right-wing people who can be described as “Internet trolls”. They made their jump into the European parliament with a mix of demands such as homophobic family-politics, leaving the Euro, and closing the borders for the majority of migrants. In Great Britain the UK Independence Party won the elections with positions against Europa, green energy, migrants, and political correctness. And in Denmark the Danish Peoples Party (Dansk Folkeparti – DF) doubled its seats in the European parliament with demand to close the borders and homophobic positions on family policies. Continue reading

Creating Control: Mexico and the US Move Towards Information Monopolies

(By: Daniel Gutiérrez)

In the past weeks, great strides have been made in both the United States and Mexico towards controlling access to the Internet. The fact that they occur while Trans-Pacific Partnership meetings has stalled shows that international agreements are hardly necessary to enact authoritarian measures. However, a new horizon, particularly those imagined by Internet advocacy groups, may point towards more lasting protections and expansions of human rights. Continue reading

Reform in Chile: Between Popular Power and the Political Elite

(By: Nicholas García)

Earlier this month Michelle Bachelet, newly re-elected President of Chile, launched a campaign towards long awaited political reforms; implementing a new progressive tax policy, setting a plan for “free and universal higher education”, and finally the dismantling the “binominal” electoral system, left over from the Pinochet dictatorship, which under represents and disenfranchises minority political parties. Continue reading