Brexit, Trump and the Resurgence of Liberalism.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

2016 was the year of two major events that would change two nations and the world as we knew it. In Britain, just over 50 percent of voters, in a referendum, voted in favour of leaving the European Union. The Vote Leave camp used blatant lies and fear as a tool to persuade people to their side, garnering huge media coverage with their divisive slogans and divisive characters. The Remain side lacked energy, slogans and the characters that would be required to rally the public to their side and keep Britain within the European Project. The main underlying problem for the remain campaign, was it’s refusal to accept how frustrated Britons had become at the EU and how years of austerity had created a hunger for change.

Europe has been rocked by the referendum in Britain and soon enough we will know if a deal is agreed in the House of Commons (British Parliament) as we await Theresa May to put the Brexit Agreement to a vote. An earlier vote was pulled in December 2018 as the Prime Minister did not have enough support within her own party or in Parliament to win. Britain will crash out of Europe on March 29th if a deal is not reached or an extension is not granted. A no deal scenario could be bad news for the European Union and other Global economies and even worst news for the Island of Ireland as a possible hard border could be erected, in breach of the good Friday agreement. The Good Friday Agreement brought peace to the island following decades of the violence in Northern Ireland. This period in Northern Ireland, known as The Troubles is extremely complicated and embedded in the history of those who live there.

On the other side of the pond, in the United States, Donald Trump was elected to the office of President. Trump had beaten Hilary Clinton. Clinton, simply as a name, is one of the most famous political names in the United States. The differences between Trump and Clinton are; Trump lacks the capabilities, knowledge, temperament and political experience that Clinton has. During the 2016 election, Trump lost the popular vote but The United States has a system in which the popular vote means nothing in terms of being elected, therefor Trump won the election because he won enough States which had the most electoral colleges. and reached the magic number of 270.

Trump has imposed tariffs on China and other goods from other nations. He had pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement, rescinded on the Iran Nuclear Deal (The JCPOA) and continues to fire staff while also being under the spotlight of special Counsel Robert Mueller for collusion with Russia in the 2016 Presidential campaign. Trump and the Republican Party continue to undo much of what Barack Obama spent his 2 terms implementing. The only thing the Republicans stands for is nominating a sexual predator to the Supreme Court and undoing Obama policies, other than that, they have become the self serving party driving by deep ideology. On the other hand, the Democrats are in disarray, trying to understand themselves and what the heck they represent. The Democrats, like Labour in the UK are divided between the new era of left wing politics as a challenge to the far right and the old centre ground politics that Hilary Clinton and Tony Blair represented. The sooner the Democrats get their house in order the sooner they can be effective in the House of Representatives.

2019 will be a year in which the pendulum swings back, how far? only time will tell. The fight against nationalism and far right extremism is building as the resurgence of a united liberal front is taking place around the globe.

By Jonathan Myers.

Unseen

Well it’s been a long time since my last update.

The work below is from my current work at college. I started by reading about the Syrian conflict and the lack of material in the the newspapers here in Ireland. I began by looking to build a structure to display the articles I found in relation Syria and the refugees. I looked at structures in Syria so that the structure I build has some relation to the place I want to talk about.

Below is a Syrian Beehive house.

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With this structure, I began to try and create my own. Rather than just just build a similar one I decided to use the news articles as the building material. Below is a trial and error version of a beehive home built from newspaper.

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I used basic garden rope to hang the structure and create a frame for which I could build on. After this, I began to look at other structures from an origami book (the use of paper lead me here). The tent structure was the easiest way to go so I began with an actual tent, this was a little too obvious and far from my starting point. With this in mind, I pealed back the tent to reveal its basic frame. (See below)

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As you can see, I used washing line rope (blue rope) to hold the tent sticks together and give that tension required to bend the bars into the shape. I then used cable ties to hold the rope in place where it crosses itself.

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I used these materials becomes of their softness and minimalist look. I then took the newspaper and lay it on the ground in a formation (5,4,3,2) this created a triangle shape that was wide enough to cover the bottom and top of one side of the tent. It took 3 triangle formations to cover the entire tent shape.

I then painted the tent black so i could project a count up clock on the back and a projection of jumbled words on the left.

 

Front

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Left side

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While projecting on this side (left side) i created a rainbow effect over the shadow of the tent and on the floor, this worked out really well and was very captivating, the rainbow was a symbol of something better, something less dark the tent and what the articles represented.

The projection on the back of the structure was a cunt-up clock, it started at 000,000 and counted up to 432,164, this was the number of refugees that entered Europe in 2013, the clock took 90 minutes to count up and was on loop.

(Back projection image to be uploaded)

More images of the structure internally, showcasing useless and uninformative “news”.

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I am still working on this work, leading up to my degree show in June, this was part of the “unseen” exhibition, NCAD third year interim exhibition.

News Headlines.

Ireland

  • Two Brothers aged 9 have been killed after stabbing incident in Charleville, Co.Cork. A third body was also found, 16kms south. 
  • Prison Officers have announced work stoppages for two prisons later this month.
  • Labour TD has stated that campaigner Philomena Lee deserves and apology from the state. 
  • Talks between Greyhound Recycling Company and SIPTU have adjourned at the Labour Relations Commission.
  • Bishop objects to LGBT centre grant on moral grounds. 

International Headlines

  • NATO leaders agree Russia should face more sanctions for its actions in eastern Ukraine. 
  • Women found beheaded in London back garden. 
  • UK to arm Kurds fighting in Northern Iraq
  • The death toll from the ebola virus has risen to more than 1,900 – WHO.
  • Suicide kills 1 in every 40 seconds – WHO. 
  • Oklahoma, medical failures to blame for botched execution. 
  • Columbia University Senior to Carry Dorm Mattress Around Campus in Call for Rapist’s Expulsion.
  • Fast Food workers in the United States to hold national strike for $15 wage. 
  • Comedian Joan Rivers dies aged 81. 
  • More than 35 people have been killed in heavy monsoon rain in Pakistan. 
  • Protesters camp outside the parliament in Pakistan.  
  • South Korean soldiers face murder charge after bullying claim. 
  • Lesotho Prime Minister forced into hiding after claims of an attempted military coup on Saturday.
  • Rare outbreak of Dengue fever in Tokyo.  
  • 7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Peru.
  • Caribbean storm Cristobal strengthens.
  • UN calls for the release of Fijian peacekeepers held by Syrian Rebels.
  • Asteroid 2014 RC to pass earth by 25,000 miles this Sunday.  

 

Soucres: Irish Times, The Journal, CNN, BBC, The Guardian and Time. 

 

News headlines from around the world…

News headlines from around the world.

Africa

  • Senegal closes border closure with Guinea.
  • A woman who was gang-raped and burned in her house tells a DR Congo war crimes trial she saw an army colonel give the orders.
  • 33 people dead and 41 injured after two tourist buses collide in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.

Middle-East

  • Syrian conflict death toll has risen above 191,000 according to the UN.
  • 18 suspected informants killed by Hamas.
  • Israel kills top Hamas commanders.

Asia

  • General Prayuth Chan-ocha named Prime Minister of Thailand
  • 20 Malaysian passengers arrived back in Kuala Lumpur as Malaysia observed a national day of mourning.

Europe

  • Davutoglu named Turkeys new Prime Minister.
  • Russian convoy crosses border into Ukraine without Permission.
  • Moroccan authorities raid camp of migrants waiting to cross into Spain.

Latin America

  • US court rules Argentinian debt plan illegal.

US and Canada

  • Fed chair Janet Yellen cautious in speech.

This Weeks news headlines so far…

HEADLINES FROM AROUND WORLD FOR THE PAST 7 DAYS. 

 

  • America and its deep racial divides continue to spill out onto the streets of Ferguson as Police and protesters continue to clash after the shooting dead of Michael Brown (18).
  • The United States Attorney General, Eric Holder is visiting Ferguson today. Updates of his visit can be found on the Guardian Website. (http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2014/aug/20/michael-brown-attorney-general-ferguson-protests)
  • Germany set to arm Kurdish troops. 
  • Israel and Hamas return to armed conflict as 10 days of calm end. 
  • US react strongly to the news that American journalist James Foley has been murdered by ISIS. 
  • Russia close four McDonald’s for sanitary reason but most believe its part of the new sanctions war between Russia and the west.
  • Another possible Ebola case in California, USA. 
  • 85 Nigerian hostages, who were held by Boko Haram have been rescued by Chadian troops. 
  • Heavy rains causing Landslides, kill 27 in Japan. 
  • Iceland’s Bardabunga volcano rumbles. 
  • Wiki leaks, Julian Assange has said he will leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London, ‘soon’. 
  • 35 people found in Container at a London Dock, one adult male declared Dead at the scene. 
  • Iraq retakes Mosul Dam. 
  • Brazilian presidential candidate, Eduardo Campos killed in Plane Crash. 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

– Listen to ‘Democracy Now!’ which is doing a live segment from the streets of Ferguson. http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/20/stream

– Newshour (BBC) podcast 

All available on the app ‘tunein Radio’ for IOS and Android. 

by Jonathan Myers