Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

New and Revolutionary Ideas in US Politics; Why the US Is Disengaging from World Events; China and N. Korea's Nukes; Defeating Poverty in China

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

New and Revolutionary Ideas in US Politics; Why the US Is Disengaging from World Events; China and N. Korea's Nukes; Defeating Poverty in China

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The Dawn / Karachi, PakistanUS politics buzzes with new ideas"Compared to this stuff-as-usual history, this year's [US] presidential race is exciting - all because of two individuals, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. They've brought colour and oomph to this race..., appealing to the general mood prevailing across the United States - the disenchantment with standard politics...," writes Ayaz Amir. "There's a lesson in all this for us.... We are still stuck with leaderships we discovered 30-35 years ago. There are no fresh faces here except [professional cricket player-turned- politician] Imran Khan but he doesn't have the knack of discussing new ideas. He has the Bernie Sanders factor working for him in that the young still root for him. But Bernie has ideas. Imran Khan has for the most part tired faces around him. I wish for his sake that he studied the Trump and Sanders phenomena a bit more carefully."

The Times of India / Chennai, IndiaRational rather than revolutionary politics"Anger is perhaps the definitive emotion among voters in the US presidential election this time around. Its reasons range from the state of an economy where median incomes are flat or declining to America's place in a world where it no longer holds pole position. Both Democratic and Republican parties have thrown up candidates answering to and feeding this anger...," states an editorial. "Hillary Clinton offers the sensible alternative to these angry white men. Whether it's economic reforms or homeland security or foreign policy, her ideas are realistic rather than revolutionary.... Even from India's point of view, her sensible, pragmatic and liberal record looks much more appealing than the bizarre to xenophobic broth being stirred by rivals."

The Age / Melbourne, AustraliaAmericans are turning inward"Both [Donald] Trump and [Bernie] Sanders represent the growing conviction that the rest of the world's problems matter much less to the US than the experts in Washington say, and that the US does not need to try to solve them. Even in Washington, Obama himself has been notably more cautious than his predecessors, and Congress has become more cautious, too. …

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