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(In memory of Jokowi’s National Secretary Mohamad Yamin) On March 22, 2019, on my way from Jakarta to Yogyakarta, I heart the news: Yamin died at 2 pm in the afternoon at Majalengka. He was supposed to organize a campaign in Yogyakarta for President Jokowi, on March 23. For the past two months, Yamin has […]

Populism in Philippine Politics

Populism in Philippine Politics

Understanding populism  The term populism is used in politics and elections to refer to the idea that there are two groups in society that are always in conflict – the “common people” and the “elites or the rich”. Cas Mudde, author of Populism: A Very Short Introduction makes this distinction. Most often, the political leaders will always publicly […]

Moon Jae-in and the Politics of Reform in South Korea

Moon Jae-in and the Politics of Reform in South Korea

One year and five months have passed since South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office. During this period, Moon’s democratic leadership style and spirit of service have lifted public morale and salved past wounds. In his inaugural address, he voiced his desire to become a president who communicates with the public in order to create […]

Nostalgia and Romanticism: Populism and the Rise of Identity Politics

Nostalgia and Romanticism: Populism and the Rise of Identity Politics

Politically, the world is more dangerous and unpredictable than it was just a couple of years ago. Seemingly overnight, following Britain’s unexpected vote on June 23, 2016, to withdraw from the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as US president in November of the same year, confidence in liberal democracy is at a […]

The concept of “zero problems” was not effective in the last 4 years

Letter of the Turkish President, the normalization of relations between Turkey and Israel, and, on the contrary, a complication of relations between Turkey and Germany is under the constant scrutiny of international and Turkish media and expert community. In this regard, we offer you an interview of The Great Middle East with a Turkish political […]

Senior official emphasizes Sino-South Korean cooperation

Senior official emphasizes Sino-South Korean cooperation

By Ma Fei, Chen Shangwen from People’s Daily China will work with South Korea to boost political, economic and cultural cooperation in order to promote the common development of the two countries, regional peace, the revitalization of Asia and increased global prosperity, Liu Qibao, head of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, pledged […]

Orwell prize 2016’s longlist dominated by Middle East’s politics

Orwell prize 2016’s longlist dominated by Middle East’s politics

Britain’s prestigious award for political writings, Orwell Prize, has announced its longlist of 2016. The prize which approaches George Orwell’s ambition to “make political writing into an art,” is dominated by political books on the Middle East for this round. Though the books are mainly by European and American authors, the focus of most of […]

India, Afghanistan sign pact for visa-free travel

India, Afghanistan sign pact for visa-free travel

India and Afghanistan have signed a pact for visa-free travel by their diplomats following Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah’s recent meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during which they discussed key bilateral issues. “Sustained engagement with Afghanistan. Chief Executive Abdullah meets the Prime Minister… Promoting stronger diplomatic ties… India and Afghanistan sign agreement on visa […]

“I participated in January revolutions” hashtag goes viral on Egyptian social media

“I participated in January revolutions” hashtag goes viral on Egyptian social media

As the fifth anniversary of 2011 revolutions approaches, thousands of Egyptian expressed their pride on Twitter and Facebook, for participating in the 25 January revolution with the Arabic hashtag: #I_participated_in_January_Revolution. The hashtag appeared on Twitter and then on Facebook over the past week after reports spread online that detained leftist activist and leading member of […]

North Korea’s senior official Kim Yang-gon dies

North Korea’s senior official Kim Yang-gon dies

Kim Yang-gon, secretary of the North Korean Workers’ Party and the director of the United Front Department, died Tuesday in a car accident, the North’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Wednesday. He was 73. The KCNA referred to Kim, who was a member of the party’s Central Committee Politbureau, as the “closest comrade” to […]

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