Five Takeaways from the Spanish Election

Five Takeaways from the Spanish Election

The vote was a stalemate, but the political landscape has changed. Spain voted on June 26 with polls suggesting that the populist progressive Podemos party would overtake the traditional Socialist Party, PSOE, as the main left-wing opposition to the center-right...

IPS Statement on Donald Trump’s Energy Advisor Pick

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump has asked one of America’s most ardent drilling advocates and climate change skeptics to help him draft his energy policy. Janet Redman, Climate Policy Program Director at the Institute for Policy Studies, had this...
Sierra Leone: From Swords into Ploughshares

Sierra Leone: From Swords into Ploughshares

“No Bio, no Salone!” shouted fervent supporters of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) as results were announced from the November 2012 presidential election. The party’s leader, Julius Maada Bio, had been defeated by incumbent President Ernest Bai Koroma of the...
Italy’s Election: Lighting the Lamp

Italy’s Election: Lighting the Lamp

On the eve of the World War I the British diplomat Sir Edward Gray is purported to have said, “The lamps are going out all over Europe.” In the wake of the recent Italian election one might reverse that phrase: after years of brutal austerity, collapsing...

Election Night Party with IPS – LIVESTREAM

Washington DC – An Election Night Party with the Institute for Policy Studies will be broadcast with IPS’s team of experts with the aim of providing thought and analysis not heard in the mainstream media. IPS is inviting supporters, the press, and the...
Is Obama Taking Climate Voters for Granted?

Is Obama Taking Climate Voters for Granted?

My relationship with President Obama has been getting a bit strained lately. I really like Obama, and I know he likes me, too. But I feel like he’s taking me for granted… as a climate voter. I know it sounds like something out of an afterschool special, but back in...

Why Elections Matter, and Why We’re Still Arguing About It

It’s practically the eve of the election—and I’m still kind of stunned to hear from people who don’t plan to vote, who think voting doesn’t matter. A young writer, 21 years old, wrote to me the other day, after seeing an interview I did...
Business as Usual in the Congo

Business as Usual in the Congo

When the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) confirmed Joseph Kabila as winner of the presidential election of 28 November 2011, the West proved reluctant to accept the election results. But scarcely a year later,...

The Steely Mitt Blues: A Mitt Romney and Bain Capital Song

When it Bains it poursDon’t got no job no moreWhy Romney come aroundand lay off my whole town? Bain Capital and Romneywith a steely-eyed glancebought our steel mill,then they closed down our plant. They call him MittFeels more like a boxin’ gloveSure hurts...
Supporting Peace – Not War – in Kenya

Supporting Peace – Not War – in Kenya

U.S. support for the recent Kenyan invasion of Somalia is disheartening for a number of reasons. Perhaps most disturbing, though, is that it provides further proof of a U.S. policy toward Kenya that emphasizes short-term interests in counterterrorism at the expense of...

The Majority’s Choice: No One

Pundits, professional interpreters of events, have awarded the Republicans with a “legislative landslide” in the House, and declared the Democrats “brutally defeated.” Backed by immense and well-organized corporate staffs and spinners (Karl...

IPS Mandate for Change Election Series: The Election and Climate Action

U.S. action on energy and climate change has been a hot topic in this election season. Join us for an in-depth analysis of how the results of the 2008 presidential election will impact national climate and energy policy, and the implications for international climate...

Obamas Victory

(Editor’s note: These comments were excerpted from a panel discussion held November 6, 2008, two days after the election, at the Institute for Policy Studies. You can watch a video of the event.) Karen Dolan I think most of us are feeling something different...
Notes from Election Night

Notes from Election Night

It’s about 8 p.m. I’m exhausted from a brutally long flight from Athens last night, so I’m staying in and will to try to “journal” this election night. I won’t call this “live blogging” because a live blogger...

A New Day

Not since Franklin Delano Roosevelt has a president received such a resounding mandate to deal decisively with a deep economic crisis. An enraged and energized public that is crying for government to jumpstart the crumbling economy, to spread health care for all, and...