By Steven Hill, Daily News Egypt, December 18, 2013
Defective election method probably elected wrong candidate, Mohamed Morsi
Egypt is about to enter another period in which it will attempt to push past its political crisis through democratic elections. A 50 member committee recently drafted a new constitution, and a referendum will be held on January 14-15 as a first step toward holding new presidential and parliamentary elections in 2014.…
By Steven Hill, Social Europe Journal, December 17, 2013
What does the German Grand Coalition have to offer Europe? Not much.
I have been carefully reading and weighing all the commentary regarding Germany’s Große Koalition (or GroKo) agreement, and it’s clear that the coalition agreement can be read as a testament to the current state of German political and economic philosophy.…
By Steven Hill, In These Times, December 13, 2103
The NRA has taken keen advantage of our political system.
How quickly a year passes. One year ago, on Friday, December 14, Americans were jolted by yet another episode of gun-crazed carnage, at yet another school, this one in Newtown, Conn.…
By Steven Hill, China-US Focus, November 29, 2013
Reviews of China’s Third Plenum continue to roll in, with some analysts saying that President Xi Jinping and his co-leaders have unwrapped China’s boldest set of economic and social reforms in nearly three decades, while others calling it a non-event that offered only vague promises of reform.…
By Steven Hill, The Atlantic, November 26, 2013
The nuclear option for nominees is a good start, but the damage done by blocked bills has been even worse.
By Steven Hill, In These Times, November 4, 2013
Without Snowden leaks, the president wouldn’t even know that the NSA spies on world leaders.
“What did he know, and when did he know it?” A firestorm is gathering under the Obama presidency that imperils its future. First there was the fiasco over his HealthCare.gov…
Governing, November 4, 2013
“One of the biggest is that it saves a ton of money,” said Steven Hill, the former director of the political reform program at the New America Foundation and a leader in the bid to expand ranked-choice voting to San Francisco in 2002. Cost, he said, can be especially problematic in cities that end up having to hold runoffs in both a primary and in a general election.…
By Steven Hill, China-US Focus, November 1, 2013
President Barack Obama has been a vocal critic of China’s hacking into U.S. government and corporate computer systems, accusing the Chinese government of Orwellian tactics. But now President Obama is having to defend similar activity by his own government.
A firestorm is gathering under the Obama presidency over the latest revelation that the National Security Agency has been spying on the telephones of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and 34 other world leaders. …
Irony of the NSA debacle — did Obama need Snowden to tell him that U.S. spies are bugging world’s top leaders?
By Steven Hill, ORF (Austrian public broadcasting), October 30, 2013
Political analyst Steven Hill gives his views to Austrian public radio (ORF) on the the implications of an out-of-control intelligence agency (NSA) apparently working outside government oversight, and the irony that it may have been Edward Snowden’s revelations that alerted President Obama to what his own agencies are up to (scroll down on the page to “The irony of the NSA debacle”)…
By Steven Hill, The Atlantic, October 18, 2013
A not-so-short history of the Spanish economy: The half-century housing bubble, the excruciating recession, the grisly unemployment, and, finally, a glimmer of hope.
MADRID – It’s been more than a rocky few years for Spain. It’s been a rocky half-century.
Run by a military dictator until the 1970s, Spain emerged in the early 2000s as a model of social democracy and the poster child for the European Union.…
By Steven Hill, ORF (Austrian public broadcasting), October 9, 2013My comments on Austrian public radio (ORF) re: the ongoing US government shutdown, with a possible default on the national debt only 8 days away. Will it send shock waves through the global economy? Ongoing surreal days of a flailing superpower http://fm4.orf.at/stories/1726334/…
New York Times, September 29, 2013
Steven Hill, an author who is considered the architect of San Francisco’s instant runoff voting law, said that minority candidates had fared better in instant runoff elections. When the city held separate runoff elections — which took place in December because there are no party primaries for local offices — the voters who turned out tended to be white, and wealthier and older than those who voted in November, Mr.…
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.…