When Donald Trump announced his candidacy for President of the United States in June 2015, the first public reaction was incredulity tinged with amusement. After the initial shock, ordinary Americans began to like the idea. Heck, the Republican convention was still 12 months away; so why not have some fun along the way. If Americans had learned one thing about Trump, he was unpredictable; and a bit batty. Perhaps he imagined he could overcome the other Republican candidates in the field, by pointing his finger and telling them “You’re fired”. It would be a refreshing change from the boring political speeches they were used to anyway. Continue reading
Month: July 2016
Will Democracy Ever Happen in China?
N. S. Venkataraman
Twenty-seven years ago, Chinese military tanks rolled into the Tiananmen Square in Beijing to crush pro-democracy protests in China. Thousands of unarmed activists and civilians were killed. While the world was shocked at this ruthless and merciless act, the communist leadership in China remained unconcerned about world opinion and did not care what the world thought regarding its actions. Continue reading