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Five reasons why Hillary lost and Trump won

First reason: the electoral college The United States presidential election is an indirect election. Citizens of the US cast ballots for members of the electoral college, known as electors. These electors then in turn cast direct votes, known as electoral votes. Each of the states casts as many electoral votes as the total number of its representatives in Congress. This means that …

Moataz Bellah Abdel-Fattah

Poverty: the dark side of the American empire

If we have learned anything from this last presidential election, it is that poverty continues to be a concept ignored by president-elect Donald Trump and by United States politicians. Although both avoid using the word like a naked man avoids a poisonous snake, poverty is integral to the current reality of the US socio-political landscape. …

Cesar Chelala

President-elect Trump deserves a chance

Free and fair elections are one of democracy’s main pillars as is the smooth and peaceful transfer of power. America has chosen and, whether one approves of that choice or not, it should be accepted and respected both at home and abroad. It is no secret that I wrote an op-ed in August 2015 backing …

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Trump and the rise of populism: a backlash against globalisation

After Donald Trump decisively defeated Hillary Clinton, becoming the 45th president of the United States (US) on Wednesday, it became clear that the phenomenon of rising support for populist parties all around the globe has disrupted the politics of many western societies. Economic angst is one of the main reasons behind the rise of populism …

Mohamed Samir

An Egyptian’s perspective on US presidential election system

As the date of the United Sates presidential election comes closer, the eyes of the entire world are directed at that election as the most important event in the field of international politics, for the immense weight the US has in the global balance of power. Recently, the world has had its eyes on the …

Mohamed Samir

I am one of your ‘bad hombres’, señor Trump

During the last presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Trump said: “we have some bad hombres here”. This was said in clear reference to the Latinos coming to the United States (US). As CNN commentator Van Jones explained: “The only time this man has used Spanish in the entire election was used to stereotype …

Cesar Chelala

Can Trump fix corporate tax loopholes that make him richer?

  Donald Trump believes that he is smart for paying no taxes, given that his business has been compliant with the tax codes. Recently, the debate about how to manage corporate tax loopholes has been on the rise, and many companies, such as Apple, came under fire. But the responsibility of addressing any backdoors in …

Ashraf El Khatib

What Donald Trump said about Mexico

Donald Trump has scheduled a surprise meeting with Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto on Wednesday. Here are six of the most controversial remarks Trump made about the US’ southern neighbor.

Deutsche Welle