From Podemos to Trump: Three Changes That Have Fuelled the Rise of Populist Politics

The Story If there’s one common theme that underlines politics across the industrialized world in 2016, it is surely the rise of populist movements into the mainstream. Consider the following developments in Europe and North America over just the last month: In Spain, the far-left political coalition Podemos-Izquierda Unida has firmly supplanted the Socialist Party in voting…

20 Years After Srebrenica: How Do We Get to “Never Again”?

The 20th Anniversary of Srebrenica Saturday, July 11, marked the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica Massacre – widely considered the most horrifying instance of mass murder during the Balkan Wars, and one of the starkest examples of attempted genocide since World War II. (Note: The use of the term “genocide” is still highly debated among governments in the region;…

The Top Five News Articles of 2015 (So Far)

As we turn the page on the first half of 2015 and the first four months of PineTreeRepublic, we take a look at some of the top news articles of 2015 so far. Each of the journalists in these articles provided an important perspective on some of the year’s most significant developments, and helped further our understanding on the…

The EU’s Migrant Plan: A Defining Moment for Europe

The Story Three weeks after a boat sinking caused the deaths of 800 people seeking to reach Europe, the European Union (EU) announced its response to the ongoing migrant crisis in the Mediterranean Sea on May 13.The European Agenda on Migration seeks to reduce the flow of illegal migrants coming to Europe, and to share responsibility for migrants that do…

Front Page News: April 27, 2015

Good morning, PineTreeRepublic citizens! This week’s Front Page News includes the following stories: A set of migrants’ perspectives on the current crisis in the Mediterranean Strikes in Russian factory towns as the country’s economic condition deteriorates To share your thoughts, make sure to check out our Questions to Follow and Pine Poll of the Week! 1. “The…

Front Page News: April 20, 2015

Good morning Pine Tree Republic citizens! In our Front Page News features, I share 3-5 of the top news stories from the past week and discuss the broader global context in which they occurred. Each post concludes with questions to follow in the coming days and weeks to better understand how today’s news shapes tomorrow’s world, and the Pine…