RSS FeedFacebookSearch
Gary Younge
Archive
Feudal Democracy
"The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint," wrote Alexis de Tocqueville in his classic nineteenth-century treatise
It's up to the superdelegates to prove Democrats believe in democracy
In December, the president of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, stood for re-election. Karimov, a one-time ally in the "war on terror" who in 2002 had one opposition leader boiled alive, has long faced criticism from human rights groups and the United Nations. Having already served two terms, he was not even eligible to stand. A minor detail for a man like Karimov. His three opponents all endorsed him and did not ask Uzbeks to vote for them. Those who would not endorse him were disqualified and imprisoned. Karimov won the day with 88.1% of the vote.
Polls and pundits
During the entire week that ended January 19 I must have vox-popped 50 people in South Carolina and I never met a McCain voter. McCain won the state with 33% of the vote. The next week I interviewed even more people. Most said they would vote for Obama, but most spoke highly of Clinton. Obama won in a landslide.
In this great meritocracy, only one thing matters: who is your daddy?
The web of wealth and family connections that has levered Bush to power and has since characterised his administration is an indictment of America's political culture. "George W Bush was named [after] a father who excelled at everything," argued Bush Jr's former speechwriter David Frum. "He tried everything his father tried - and well into his 40s, succeeded at almost nothing."
© Gary Younge. All Rights reserved, site built with tlc
Stranger in a Strange Land – Encounters in the Disunited States
book review
'It often takes an outsider to look inside. This is especially true of the United States.'
 follow on twitter
RT @LawdCheesyCrust: Jesus: "Table for 26, please" Waiter: "But there are 13 of you..." Jesus: "Yes, we're all going to sit on the same sid…
RT @MsJeanRhys: I go into a tabac. The woman at the bar gives me one of those looks: What do you want here, you? Well, dear madame, to tell…
RT @LailaLalami: Hi everyone! Did you you know that my sister @MaazaMengiste has a new book coming out in September? It's a beautifully con…
RT @BBCNewsbeat: 19-year-old Nusrat Jahan Rafi filed a sexual harassment complaint against her headmaster at a school in Bangladesh. Two w…
RT @HeaneyDaily: History says, Don’t hope On this side of the grave, But then, once in a lifetime The longed-for tidal wave Of justice can…
"When a party runs scared of its membership and does everything it can to marginalise their voices, disparage thei… https://t.co/12M3GdC6PA
RT @NesrineMalik: Protestors have leverage over the regime; pushing for more concrete signs of a civilian handover, making it clear that st…
RT @britainelects: Westminster voting intention: LAB: 33%(+1) CON: 23% (-9) BREX: 14% (+14) CHUK: 9% (-) LDEM: 7% (-) UKIP: 5% (-4) GRN: 3…
RT @patrickjbutler: "If the ultra-rich can chuck in so many millions of euros for a building, then what stops them ending hunger and povert…
RT @KhalidReader: في يوم معتدل ​​في أمريكا ، يموت سبعة شبان ، تتراوح أعمارهم بين تسعة عشر عامًا أو أقل جراء جروح ناجمة عن أعيرة نارية. في ك…
© Gary Younge. All Rights reserved, site built with tlc