Elections

Daily Visual 01.03.16: Super Tuesday Round One

By the time the United States presidential election is upon us towards the end of 2016, everything ought to seem very simple, a straightforward slugfest between a Democrat and a Republican with the prize the occupancy of the White House and leadership of what is still the most powerful nation in the world. But the nominating process ahead of presidential elections is…

Cultureteca 28.02.16

Russian Ice Swimmers Play Chess in a Near-Freezing Urals Lake In Lake Shartash near the city of Yekaterinburg – the administrative centre of the Urals region which straddles Europe and Asia – Russian ice swimmers have taken to playing chess in just their underwear, as a means of physical and mental preparation ahead of their swim meets. The idea emerged…

Cultureteca 15.11.15

This week on Cultureteca, a brief political history as Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy win a momentous general election in Myanmar; recent releases in Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 1 collaboration with adidas; Facebook M Assistant treads the line between artificial intelligence and human endeavour; a skateboarding dog; and WWE RAW meets Wayne Rooney in Manchester. * * * Aung…

Daily Visual 01.11.15: AKP Regain Majority in Turkey

The second Turkish general election of 2015 took place on Sunday, and saw the Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, AKP) regain the parliamentary majority which they lost in June. Then, 40.9% of the vote and a loss of 53 seats in the Grand National Assembly left the AKP unable to form a government, after holding in power in Turkey since…

Daily Visual 08.06.15: Turkey’s Election Results

The Turkish general election of 2015 took place yesterday. In what many outside Turkey have viewed as a surprising result, the ruling Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, AKP) took only 40.9% of the vote; leaving them still the largest party in the Grand National Assembly, Turkey’s unicameral legislature, but representing a drop of nearly 9% upon their taking…

UK General Election 2015: Roundup and Analysis

The United Kingdom general election of 2015, held last Thursday, 7 May, saw David Cameron and the Conservative Party elected to form a majority government. Winning 331 seats in the House of Commons, an increase on the 306 they took in 2010, the Conservatives will be able to govern alone, beyond the confines of the coalition partnership they have led…

Thoughts Upon UK General Election Day 2015

With the last general election in 2010 fought in the midst of the financial crisis, after five years of ideologically-driven austerity the UK general election of 2015 ought to have focused first and foremost on the issues of living standards – narrowly conceived as indicating real wages, which immediately implicates employment opportunities, tax rates, and welfare payments – and housing. Real wages have…

The Open Letter and the UK General Election

The open letter is hardly an innovation as a means to publicise a message. The art of the epistle – letters bound by formal gestures, often written for some didactic purpose, and frequently sent to groups of people rather than individuals – flourished in ancient Egypt and on into ancient Greece and Rome. Cicero’s De Officiis, considered for much of Western…