Shame & Silence: Authoritarianism in Spain

Since the 1980s, the Western European political landscape has undergone a transformation the likes of which hasn’t been seen for decades, and which reminds many pundits rather uncomfortably of a similar trend in the 1930s: namely, a rise in public support for far right-wing parties. These organizations, classified as “Populist Radical Right” parties by the Dutch political scientist Cas Mudde, differ in size, popularity, methods, and even some policy, but they generally share three main ideological priorities: authoritarianism, nativism, and populism. Countries with histories of fascism like Italy and Germany have both experienced resurgences of their respective PRR parties. Spain, however, has somehow remained unreceptive to any significant infiltration of PRR groups or members into their parliamentary politics. Despite, or

Trump’s Twitter Tirades

Trump Twitter Tirades

President of the United States Donald Trump’s Twitter tirades have been a point of focus on social media since he joined in 2009. Now, as the President of the United States, Trump continues to tweet from his original @realDonaldTrump account. With a whopping 23.2 million followers on Twitter and a rapidly increasing 34.4k tweets, compared to @POTUS44 Barack Obama’s 14.9 million followers and 352 tweets, the world is watching Trump become less presidential by the tweet. In just 140 characters, he bashes on media outlets like The New York Times and The Washington Post, berates Democrats, and to top it off, uses poor vocabulary. In our increasingly digital culture, Trump’s rash tweets are gaining popularity as unintelligent, inappropriate, and yet

2017 & the Return of OM’s Chatter

No Natural Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

Observatory Media's Chatter is back, and the team hopes everyone had a super awesome holiday and happy new year! To ring in 2017 the gang starts off in Istanbul to discuss how the hunt for the gunman is going, and why the struggle is real for the Turkish government and their plethora of detained suspects. Then we move to North Korea, where we ponder whether the threats of an ICBM capable of reaching the US are credible and if Trump is throwing fuel on the fire with incendiary wild-card twitter diplomacy. Next up is Israel, the United Nations, and the United States, and their settlement drama. Will tensions increase or decrease when Trump takes over? Is Obama trying to pidgeon-hole the President-Elect? Last on