CNN Opinion asked a range of contributors to give their take on Britain’s election, what it means and what we can expect moving forward. The opinions expressed in these commentaries are solely their own.
First surprise of Britain’s election on Thursday — everyone was WRONG. So it’s time to really dissect opinion polls — any kind of polling, really, and the media herd mentality. Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron won, securing an overall majority. No one even came close to predicting that.
So, was it the 40% undecided that caused the tsunami?
Continuity wins — change loses. It was a victory for traditional party politics that has dominated the United Kingdom for centuries.… Seguir leyendo »
If I had to pick the most important moves of 2014, I would put Russian President Vladimir Putin’s flouting of international law and European security norms near the top.
His swift annexation of Crimea — despite a 1994 treaty signed by Russia and Western allies to guarantee Ukraine’s territorial integrity — as well as his military intervention and support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have destabilized the continent. But Putin’s moves on the European chessboard are now checkmating Russia, too.
The year ended with the country in financial chaos, because of Western sanctions over Ukraine, the falling price of oil and Central Bank missteps.… Seguir leyendo »
Do the lives of Gandhi, Solzhenitsyn and Mandela tell us more about the future than those of Stalin, Hitler and Mao? Several prominent world-watchers tell us what they think.
Ai Weiwei, Chinese artist and activist.
Throughout history, political and social change only existed in the forms we knew because protest actions, be they violent or peaceful, were carried out with a lack of resources, especially in terms of communications. Individuals could mobilize and share information with others only to a limited extent. Such circumstances posed obstacles to protest actions that people can take and hindered the impact of their efforts.… Seguir leyendo »