This is how ancient Rome’s republic died – a classicist sees troubling parallels at Trump’s impeachment trial

Trump hugs the American flag at a 2019 convention of political conservatives. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images The U.S. Senate has made its judgment in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, acquitting the president. Fifty two of [...]

2020-02-06T14:48:45+00:00February 6th, 2020|Categories: Articles|Tags: |

Donald Trump impeached in historic House vote in US

Republican becomes only third US president to be impeached and now faces trial in Senate History was made on Wednesday night as Donald Trump became only the third US president to be impeached. The 435-member House of Representatives [...]

2019-12-19T13:15:09+00:00December 19th, 2019|Categories: In The News|Tags: |

What conspiracy theories have in common with fiction – and why it makes them compelling stories

In an era dominated by “fake news” and disinformation, conspiracy theories are coming to play an increasingly influential role in modern politics. During the recent impeachment hearings in the US, for example, former National Security Council official Fiona [...]

2019-12-18T17:47:30+00:00December 18th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: |

Why leaders who bullshit are more dangerous than those who lie

Bullshit seems to be the new currency in politics. Around the world, a new breed of politicians is flourishing, for whom lying and bullshitting is part of their everyday routine. This is earning them both popular [...]

2019-11-13T11:01:14+00:00November 13th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

Pathological power: the danger of governments led by narcissists and psychopaths

After spending his early life suffering under the Nazis and then Stalin, the Polish psychologist Andrew Lobaczewski devoted his career to studying the relationship between psychological disorders and politics. He wanted to understand why psychopaths and narcissists are [...]

2019-09-27T13:38:18+01:00September 27th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

Video games and violence: An enduring, dangerous myth

Trump trotted out familiar, redundant rhetoric in wake of latest mass shootings US president Donald Trump makes a statement at the White House in Washington, on August 5th in response to two separate shooting incidents. [...]

2019-09-10T17:48:59+01:00August 9th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , |

Trump says Democratic congresswoman ‘should apologise to America’

Elijah Cummings denounces Trump and has ‘no doubt’ US president is racist Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar , Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Rashida Tlaib: have criticised Donal Trump and challenged their own Democratic leadership. Photograph: Anna [...]

2019-09-10T17:49:02+01:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: In The News|Tags: , , |

Governments are making fake news a crime – but it could stifle free speech

The rapid spread of fake news can influence millions of people, impacting elections and financial markets. A study on the impact of fake news on the 2016 US presidential election, for instance, has found that fake news [...]

2019-09-10T17:49:22+01:00July 12th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Trump not allowed under First Amendment to block critics on Twitter

US President Donald Trump is not allowed under the First Amendment of the US Constitution to block his critics on Twitter, judges have ruled. A court challenge was brought by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and seven people who had [...]

2019-09-10T17:49:22+01:00July 11th, 2019|Categories: In The News|Tags: , |

‘New nationalism’: the real reason it’s so scary

In one of the less discussed but still enjoyable moments of the final season of Game of Thrones, Tormund Giantsbane, the leader of the free folk, and Edd Tollett, the lord commander of the Night’s Watch, bump [...]

2019-09-10T17:49:23+01:00July 6th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |