Editorial in The ISLAND, 17 January 2017, entitled “Obama’s Swansong”… with highlighting bing the Editor Thuppahi’s work.
President Barack Obama has, towards the latter part of his second term, shown a tendency to get increasingly maudlin. Tears welled up in his eyes the other day while making his farewell speech. Last year, he refused to speak at his daughter Malia’s graduation lest he should get too emotional. In 2015, he was seen wiping away tears during a fascinating performance by Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul.
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S W R de A Samarasinghe, of Tulane University, Washington DC, courtesy of The Island, 11 November 2016, with the title “What Trump’s victory means for US and rest of the world
US President-elect Donald Trump described his presidential campaign as a “Movement” and not the usual party fight between Republicans and Democrats. The poltical pundits did not take him seriously. He broke almost all the rules of the US campaign rulebook and won. Trump and Hillary Clinton each have polled about 59.5 million of the popular vote while Trump has won the 538 Electoral College vote 299.5 to 238.5. Trump’s “Movement” mainly consisted of white blue-collar middle class voters drawn from suburbs, and small towns and rural residents. In contrast Clinton’s support came mainly from a coalition that consisted of more educated and more prosperous white middle class suburbs, and racial minorities mostly from the big cities.
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Neville Ladduwahetty, in The Island, 15 November 2016, “Democracy: Direct vs Representative”
The outcome of the recently held Presidential Election in the US and the Referendum in UK demonstrate the gulf that exists between Direct Democracy that operates on the direct vote of the People, and Representative Democracy that operates on the vote of elected representatives. The outcomes in the US and UK were based on Direct Democracy because issues were determined directly by the People, even though in the case of the US Direct Democracy was expressed through the Electoral College.
In the US and UK the predictions of the pollsters, analysts and media were so completely off-base that the world was stunned by final outcomes. In the case of the US, the Republican Party was searching for alternative candidates because they were embarrassed by the positions taken and expressed by Donald Trump on several issues. Notwithstanding this divide, the fact the Trump was elected demonstrated the stark disconnect between Party hierarchy and the People who voted for him.
Mark Eisler, in Chiang Mai, Thailand a... in https://www.facebook.com/marc.eisler.1/posts/1267086710091709
I have been witnessing a lot of posts on Facebook about the US Election that are outrageous in their content. I have heard more times than I can count in the last 24 hours that everyone who voted Republican are racists, sexists, bigots, white supremacists, halfwits and hateful, plus a mountain of other insulting phrases. This is not only wrong, but extremely offensive to the 60 million people including 25 million women who voted against the establishment elitists.
If you honestly cannot understand what happened here, and you truly believe that people who voted Republican and racists devil worshipers, then I suggest you read something beyond facebook news feeds. If you could not see this coming, then maybe it is time to get out, turn off your iphone and stop believing those “highly educated” pollsters. What happened here has very little to do with stupidity, race or sexism. It was just a populist movement against the establishment elitists, corporate greed, banking elite, government bureaucracy, globalism and the corruption of politics through vast amounts of corporate money and lobbyists,