Young Voices Advocate Mate Hajba was published today by Haaretz.com writing about the neo-fascist Jobbik party in Hungary and how a free society shall cope with such a threat to liberty:
The other parties, populist in nature, are more concerned with fighting each other than treating the Jobbik problem with the seriousness it deserves. However, members of the major parties did step up against Jobbik over the suggestion of listing Jewish politicians. This anti-Semitic initiative resembled too closely legislation from the dark era of the Holocaust and served as a wake-up call for many Hungarian politicians.
But this limited reaction is not sufficient to tackle the problem of the rise of neo-fascism in Hungary. A more open social dialogue is needed to address the issue. Hungarians should shun the errors of communist times, during which the problems of racism and intimidation were swept under the rug.
You can find the entire opinion piece here. Haaretz is the oldest Israeli newspaper and its English version is sold together with the International Herald Tribune.
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Yesterday Reason published an article by Young Voices Associate Cathy Reisenwitz, Kwame Kilpatrick Is Just the Tip of the Corruption Iceberg:
Anger at corrupt public officials stems from the difficulty of government oversight. Faith in this system of government requires faith in the people at the helm. But if there’s anything to be gleaned from every scrap of recorded history ever it’s this: A system which requires we trust individual actors to not act in their own self-interest is not a good system.
All that anger is understandable. But in Mahatma Gandhi’s—or somebody’s—immortal words, “Don’t hate the player. Hate the game.”
Read the rest here.
Yesterday Antiwar.com published a column by Young Voices Associate Cathy Reisenwitz, New UN Report Highlights How US Drone Policy Violates International Law:
The US conducts, on average, one drone strike every four days. This is literally a matter of life and many, many deaths. In these matters transparency is absolutely essential. The United States absolutely must get our drone policy in line with these recommendations to ensure we are following existing international law.
Read the rest here.