By Steven Hill, ORF (Austrian public broadcasting), September 11, 2013My comments on Austrian public radio (ORF) re Syria: Obama’s flip flop and Kerry’s lip slip — surreal days of a flailing superpower http://fm4.orf.at/stories/1724633/.
The moment feels similar to me as December 20, 1989 — I woke up, five days before Christmas, with pretty snowflakes falling lightly to the ground, only to discover that we were at war.…
By Steven Hill, China-US Focus, September 3, 2013
Bo Xilai on trial in China
Following an economic crisis that began in 2008, the world is now passing through a political crisis that is just as profound as the economic one. The Arab Spring is on one knee in Egypt and elsewhere, gasping for breath; the Germany-led European “Union” is walking a tightrope, bedeviled by an inability to decide how united it really wants to be; and revelations of a massive espionage operation by the US government directed at its own domestic population as well as foreign governments, the United Nations, the European Union and the G-20 has prompted former president Jimmy Carter to say “America has no functioning democracy at this moment.”…
By Steven Hill, IP Journal (Berlin), July 29, 2013
It is time for Europe to move beyond hypotheticals and start discussing concrete measures promoting further steps in European integration. Author Steven Hill proposes a reorganization.Much vigorous debate, as well as some initial steps in response to the eurozone crisis, have established groundwork for a more integrated economic and monetary union.…
By Steven Hill, Sacramento Bee, July 14, 2013
The recent Supreme Court ruling in Shelby County v. Holder has severely crippled the Voting Rights Act. It flies in the face of a mountain of evidence of ongoing disenfranchisement – from voter ID laws to intimidation and long lines at the polls – and the fact that Republican legislators continue to push laws designed to disenfranchise targeted communities.…
By Steven Hill, The Atlantic, June 26, 2013
The Supreme Court’s decision may have been misguided, but automatic voter registration would be majorly mitigating. Why aren’t Democrats pushing it?
Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling in Shelby County v. Holder effectively cripples the Voting Rights Act. It flies in the face of a mountain of evidence of ongoing disenfranchisement — from voter-ID laws to intimidation and long lines at the polls – and the fact that Republican legislators continue to push laws designed to disenfranchise targeted communities.…
By Steven Hill, Guardian, June 19, 2013
(scroll down the Guardian website page)
The excitement over a new EU-US trade deal is understandable: some of the numbers being thrown around about the potential impacts are fairly significant (i.e. boosting the EU and US economies by 119 and 95 billion euros a year respectively).…
By Steven Hill, Centre for European Studies/Thinking Europe blog, June 19, 2013
Much vigorous debate, as well as some initial steps in response to the eurozone crisis, have established some groundwork for a more integrated economic and monetary union. But much less discussion has been devoted to how to redesign European-level political institutions, despite widespread recognition that a political reset is the other side of the coin.…
By Steven Hill, The Atlantic, June 17, 2013
Though conservatives hope the Supreme Court will strike part of the law this month, the 1965 act has become central to GOP control of the House.
Civil rights are on the nation’s docket in a major way. Sometime this month, the U.S.…
By Steven Hill, ORF (Austrian public broadcasting), June 12, 2013
A Bi-Partisan State of Shock
The NSA/CIA internet surveillance spy scheme as exposed by Edward Snowden has lots of people’s knickers in a twist, not least American politicians’. Political commentator Steve Hill explains why
(go to ORF at this link, the link to the radio interview is the second story down on the page)…
By Steven Hill, Social Europe Journal, June 3, 2013
A Blueprint for Redesigning European Democracy
The renowned German philosopher and sociologist Jürgen Habermas has been one of the foremost advocates of “more Europe”; he also has been one of the most visible critics of the perceived “democracy deficit” that has resulted from the European Union’s and the eurozone’s ad hoc policy responses to the economic crisis.…
By Steven Hill, ORF (Austrian public broadcasting), May 2, 2013
Author and analyst Steven Hill comments on President Obama renewing his pledge to close Guantanamo (go to ORF at this link, the link to the radio interview is the second story down on the page)
Although it was promised as a top priority of his first term in office, 5 years later, Guantanamo is still open and still holding alleged “enemy combatants”.…
By Steven Hill, The Atlantic, April 15, 2013
Today, in an annual rite of bemoaning government intrusion into our personal finances, most Americans can at least console themselves in their belief that the US has one of the lowest tax rates among developed countries.
Is that really true?
On the one hand, yes, we pay less.…
By Steven Hill, The Atlantic.com, April 5, 2013
The White House says its 2014 budget will propose cuts to the retirement program. Not only is that unnecessary, the U.S. could and should expand it.
A fierce debate over Social Security is raging between deficit busters who say Social Security is unaffordable and must be trimmed back, and defenders who want to maintain the status quo.…
by Michael Lind, Steven Hill, Robert Hiltonsmith, and Joshua Freedman, New America Foundation, April 3, 2013
Executive Summary. The conventional wisdom about Social Security is profoundly misguided. According to today’s mistaken consensus, the U.S.…
By Steven Hill, The Atlantic.com, February 21 2013
Want a smarter workforce? A stronger manufacturing sector? Germany seems to offer a blueprint for Obama’s middle-out economic agenda — if we take away the right lessons
Americans have experienced a strong case of Germany Envy throughout the recession and slow recovery.…
Windmills, Tides, and Solar Besides: The European Way of Energy, Transportation, and Low Carbon Emissions
by Steven Hill, Environmental Law Reporter, February 2013
Europe leads and the U.S. lags in one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century — ecological sustainability.
Picture windmills, tidal turbines, and solar panels on rooftops, dotting the picturesque landscape. Imagine large cylindrical “sea snakes” bobbing in the ocean, generating enough electricity from ocean waves to power isolated coastal villages.…
By Steven Hill, American Prospect, January 28, 2013
David Cameron’s speech has its fair share of detractors, but it should be embraced as an impetus to take Europe’s governance to the next level.
As President Barack Obama embarks on his second term, he and many other global leaders hoping for economic recovery paid close attention to the recent speech given by British Prime Minister David Cameron about whether he would lead the UK out of the European Union.…
By Steven Hill and Robert Richie, The Atlantic.com, December 20, 2012
The horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn., is the latest grisly episode in what has become a muted debate in the United States: what to do about gun violence and well-armed mass murderers. But we will make a prediction: Even in the face of this national tragedy, President Obama will have little success enacting substantive gun control.…
By Steven Hill, The Atlantic.com, December 12, 2012
Fiscal cliff chatter about slashing the venerable program ignores its fundamental potential and underlying strength.
As the nation tiptoes closer to the fiscal cliff, a frightening number of leaders on both sides of the political aisle seem ready to push poor, beleaguered Social Security over the edge.…
Does the European Union deserve the Nobel Peace Prize? I discuss this in my radio interview with Ian Masters on KPFK and other radio stations. I say “yes.” Not only is Europe a remarkably peaceful place after centuries of warfare, but we discuss how in spite of a faltering economy in some of its member states, most Europeans enjoy a higher standard of living and quality of life than their American counterparts whose very limited social safety net is likely to be cut soon in the name of reducing the deficit to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”…
By Steven Hill, Atlantic/German Times, December 1, 2012
Europe’s choice boils down to: more federalism or lose the euro
A quiet breakthrough occurred recently in Europe, led in part by German Chancellor Angela Merkel who seems to have rediscovered her pro-Europe side. Spurred by the ongoing debt crisis and the Greece standoff, political leaders have dropped the indecisiveness that has plagued them for the past two years, and taken greater strides toward further economic and political union.…
By Steven Hill, AlterNet, November 26, 2012
(The following is an excerpt from the Introduction to 10 Steps to Repair American Democracy: A More Perfect Union, 2012 Election Edition by Steven Hill)
It’s time for American patriots to roll up our sleeves and get to work to reform our political institutions.…
By Steven Hill, Truthout, November 24, 2012
In 2008, an economic crash of historic proportions shook the world. Without a politics that could rein in the economics, Wall Street honchos turned American banks and the financial system into their personal casinos that had to be bailed out by taxpayers.…
By Steven Hill, Sacramento Bee, November 16, 2012
The verdict is now in for the two political reforms pushed by former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and passed by voters. Both the top-two primary and independent redistricting commission have failed to live up to their billing.
Both of these reforms were touted as ones that would help elect more moderates, decrease legislative polarization and increase competition and voter choice.…
By Steven Hill, Social Europe Journal, October 26, 2012
With the debates over and less than two weeks to go before the November 6 election in the United States, the presidential campaigns are shifting into their final phase: persuasion of undecided voters, and mobilization of base voters.
The main tool for persuasion of undecided voters is the barrage of television ads that are invading the living rooms of voters in battleground states.…