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En Liang Khong

En Liang Khong is openDemocracy’s assistant editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Donald Trump: the wrong man

Uncertainty surrounds the US president-elect. Europe and Latin America must learn to defend the republican ideals of the French revolution, the associated liberties and cosmopolitanism in general, by themselves. Español Português

Donald Trump: o homem errado

O presidente eleito Trump traz com ele a incerteza. A Europa e a América Latina devem aprender a defender, por elas mesmas, os ideais republicanos da revolução francesa, as liberdades e o cosmopolitismo. English Español

Donald Trump: el hombre equivocado

El presidente electo Trump es todo incertidumbre. Europa y América Latina deben aprender a defender, por sí solas, los ideales republicanos de la revolución francesa, las libertades y el cosmopolitismo. Português English

A learning experience

Making a few people obscenely rich is no reason for the USA not to have a health system something like Israel’s. There is no free lunch. But the system works.

'Populism' and 'counter-populism' in the Atlantic mirror

There are three major lessons for we Europeans in the US presidential elections. They necessarily lead us towards the imagining of a transnational counter-populism.

A silver lining in the gilded age of Trump

The upsides of the United States presidential election, in seven points.

Da Cuba de Castro à Trumplandia

Uma visita a Cuba, coincidindo com a morte de Fidel Castro e a vitória de Donald Trump, põe em perspetiva os êxitos e as carências de ambas sociedades. Español English

Bigotry seeks company in the UK

We historians at the University of Warwick are very concerned about the racism that is becoming increasingly commonplace over Britain, especially in the aftermath of the Brexit vote.

Obama keeps on deporting Central American teens. What will Trump do?

“I am glad the cards are now on the table and there is not a hidden agenda. Because then we can fight accordingly.” Español

How to be President, in 140 characters or (much) less

Missive from New York. Traditional US media are struggling with the most surprising turn in US politics for decades. But it’s not all bad news.

Undeclared US war

Precisely because there are no US economic or military interests in Yemen, could it be the first arena in Washington’s endless war on terror to abandon ?

Standing Rock: victory celebrated, struggle to continue

The power of this strategy impacts everyone who enters the camp and the movement; the pull of this approach is enormous.

Sioux protests and the protection of human rights in the United States

Tribal leaders’ protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota have been showing how both environmental and human rights are so difficult to defend in the US. Español

Empathy or solidarity: a word of advice from Turkey on how to survive the Trumpocalypse

In light of the American elections, contemporary Turkey is a case study in the failure of professional-class moralism in the face of the populist right, as well as a reminder that things can always get a lot worse.

Las protestas de los sioux y la protección de los derechos humanos en Estados Unidos

Las protestas contra el oleoducto DAPL en Dakota del Norte han demostrado lo difíciles que son de defender los derechos humanos y el medio ambiente en Estados Unidos. English

Populism and the return of the political

"A future you can believe in" is the reverse of "Make America great again", because it doesn’t retreat into moral rejection or resistance politics.

Hidden Warfare 3: Special forces

While Britain’s conventional army is being slashed, Britain’s special forces are benefiting from special treatment. Their budget was doubled in last year’s Strategic Defence and Security Review.

My 350 on Donald Trump: the aestheticisation of politics

Trump’s poujadist campaign effectively mainstreamed bigotry and ran amok all the way to the oval office.

Not going gentle into the night: on climate, trade, Brexit and Trump

TTIP, TPP, CETA et al. are bad for the climate, equality, democracy and social justice. So is Trump.

De la democracia a la kakistocracia – ida y vuelta

Kakistocracia (griego: κακιστοκρατία): dícese de un estado o país gobernado por los peores, los menos cualificados y menos escrupulosos de sus ciudadanos. Português English

The road from democracy to kakistocracy – and back

Kakistocracy (Greek: κακιστοκρατία) is a term meaning a state or country run by the worst, least qualified, and most unscrupulous citizens. Português Español

My 350 on Donald Trump: how neoliberalism deals with the military

US and UK mistreatment of army veterans and the confused new politics of war may have led to an important miscalculation.

The biggest Brexit scandal of them all

The most disturbing aspect of the referendum campaign was the failure to acknowledge – on either side of the argument – the issue that has now emerged: process.

My 350 on Donald Trump, and those against him winning the presidential election

He is the president of the people of the United States: his concerns are our concerns.

My 350 on Donald Trump: on remembering November 8, 2016

Remember, remember the 8th of November, OR, the relevance of V for Vendetta in our troubled political times…

My 350 on Donald Trump: in a free land according to my conscience

I am blessed, in this western country, to cast my vote.

My 350 on Donald Trump: Trumpustuous times

If the US elections had been preferential – electing both President and Vice – Trump would probably not now be President-elect.

From Movementism to Labourism

Prospects for the renewal of the left: a perspective from the movementist element of the UK Labour Party grassroots activist body, Momentum.

My 350 on Donald Trump: common sense against the liberal order

The ideological resonance of the globalizing and multiculturalist discourse has reached a limit, set by the American electorate.

Mass rapes to mass protests: violence against women in 2016

Impunity for violence against women remains a massive problem. Donald Trump hasn’t helped.

The mainstream press in the US is obsessed with ‘objectivity’ – and that’s a problem

It’s impossible for effective political dialogue to be maintained if one side of an argument continue to lie without consequence.

Voting as an act of violence

How do you expect me to explain that this was a vote for ‘those left behind’ to all the LGBT youth, minority youth and young people from marginalized communities that I help counsel and mentor in New York?

By the numbers: Barack Obama’s contribution to the decline of US democracy

How neoliberal doctrine undermined the Obama administration and ushered in the age of Trump. 

The many sides of Jack London

Speaking to us 100 years after his death, in the era of Nigel Farage and Donald Trump, Jack London’s late novels make a fascinating spectacle of their author’s ‘white fragility’.

Trump, Putin, and the new Middle East

The election of Trump will give second wind to autocrats in the region as well as create space for the growth of Russian influence.

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