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VALENTIN: Solidify Platform, Consolidate Support

In France, Italy, Spain, Britain, Austria and now the United States, center-left parties have been losing elections repeatedly and are now in shambles. Stuck between far-right and far-left groups, the center left needs to galvanize new support. The center-left parties across the world need to find ways to reconsolidate and[Read More…]

by November 18, 2016 1 comment Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top
Francois Valentin

VALENTIN: Necessity of Naming Our Threats

Words matter, especially when you are a president. The presidency of George W. Bush was packed with blunders and poor word choices, many of which have remained the object of ridicule long after his term. However, while leaders must understand the consequences of their phrasing, they should not be discouraged[Read More…]

by November 4, 2016 2 comments Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top
Francois Valentin

VALENTIN: Normalize Political Extremes

At this point, discussing the rise of far-right political parties feels akin to beating a decomposing horse. Comparisons between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, National Front leader Marine le Pen and U.K. Independence Party figurehead Nigel Farage can only be so interesting before we bore out. Currently, the strategy of[Read More…]

by October 21, 2016 0 comments Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top
Francois Valentin

VALENTIN: Veiling Dialogue and Discourse

It has been more than a month since the heat of the burkini controversy in France dissipated; A few weeks after a deadly Jihadist attack in Nice, dozens of coastal towns in the south and north of France decided to ban the burkini, a contraction of a burqa and a[Read More…]

by October 7, 2016 1 comment Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top

VALENTIN: Immigration Policy Weakens the Left

“Controls on Immigration.” These words, written on Britain’s Labour Party mugs, wreaked havoc in the 2015 general election. The Twitter storm that followed revealed the taboo surrounding immigration in leftist parties. For many supporters, anti-immigration positions have no place in social-left parties, yet it is becoming clear that the left[Read More…]

by September 23, 2016 0 comments Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top