Democracy

Burundi: The Army in Crisis

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Two years on, the Burundi crisis shows little sign of resolution. Political and ethnic polarisation are now tearing apart the integrity of the army, long seen as the primary achievement of the… ICG Executive Summary Two years in, the Burundi crisis shows little sign of… Following the July 2015 re-election of President Nkurunziza, whose April decision to run… Burundi: The Army… Read More »

Patriot power: How France’s alt-right seeks to sway election

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France, despite its reputation as a beacon of progressive liberalism, has been at the forefront of a burgeoning pan-European far… Henri Astier BBC Marine Le Pen, an anti-immigration Eurosceptic who may well top the first round of France’s presidential election on 23 April, is… Its themes are familiar in the era of Donald Trump and Brexit: concern for… Patriot power: How… Read More »

Protecting high quality of judiciary crucial to Irish democracy

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No rationale for having a majority of lay people choosing judges has been… Paul McGarry The Irish Times In observing the latest volte-face from the Law Society in relation to judicial appointments, it is difficult to see any motivating factor other than a desire to have more solicitors appointed as… However, the… Protecting high quality… Read More »

5 takeaways from France’s chaotic presidential debate

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The main candidates were joined by a motley collection of other contenders, making for lively… NICHOLAS VINOCUR Politico PARIS — Eleven candidates for the French presidency faced off in a debate Tuesday that was more lively and more chaotic than previous… Frontrunners Marine Le Pen, François Fillon and Emmanuel Macron took… 5 takeaways from… Read More »

Sturgeon tells US audience that Scots are ready for independence

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Nicola Sturgeon has told a US audience that Scotland is ready to take its place as an “equal partner” in the global family of nations by… Scott Macnab The Scotsman The First Minister stepped up the pressure on Theresa May to allow a second referendum to be staged during a keynote speech at… Ms Sturgeon argued in… Sturgeon tells US… Read More »

The Presidency debate: Social inclusion

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After years of austerity, confidence in Europe’s capacity to care for the weakest and most disadvantaged has come under close… By Brian Maguire, Evan Lamos and Olivier Billot | EURACTIV.com The Maltese presidency pledges to lead by example advancing Europe social policy in close consultation with social partners, civil society and… The Presidency is a video series by EURACTIV, looking at the… The Presidency debate… Read More »

Kirkuk provincial council decides to hold referendum for annexation to KRG

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The Kirkuk provincial council has decided to hold a referendum regarding the annexation of the city by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Anadolu Agency quoted the… Kirkuk Hurriyet The session was boycotted by Turkmen and… Both Iraq and Turkey strongly oppose KRG’s desire to incorporate Kirkuk into… Kirkuk provincial council… Read More »

Reclaim European democracy from an establishment that’s lost its way

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The liberal establishment in London and around the continent is aghast at how populism is tearing Europe apart, writes Yanis Varoufakis Yanis Varoufakis Irish Examiner ON March 25, Europe’s leaders convened in the birthplace of the “European project” to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. But what exactly… Reclaim European democracy… Read More »

Relatives of U.S. prisoners in Egypt chide Trump

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Despite families’ request, president does not mention human rights in remarks about Sisi’s… Josh Meyer Politico President Donald Trump once again dodged any public comment on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s much-maligned human rights record after their meeting Monday, even as… One of them is 17-year-old Ahmed Hassan of… Relatives of U.S… Read More »

April vote challenges established tutelage hegemony

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Reforming the Constitution is an absolute must to end coups, memorandum or coups attempts and the tutelage over Turkish… ÖMER BAYKAL Daily Sabah Turkey goes to the polls for the April 16 referendum to change its governing system and revise its… Indeed, holding the referendum has not always sounded great to the Turkish public since almost every past referendum, some… April vote challenges… Read More »

Is India Still the World’s Largest Democracy?

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The failure of Delhi’s political institutions is rendering collateral damage upon the country’s social… Riju Agrawal The National Interest As a country of 1.3 billion people, more than 800 million of whom are eligible to vote, India takes pride in being the “world’s largest… India has often lauded its ability to transfer power peacefully every five years since the first general… Is India Still… Read More »

The uncertain future of democracy

MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 09:  Voters head to the polling booths inside the Webster School gymnasium February 9, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Tuesday is the 100th anniversary of the New Hampshire primariy, the 'First in the Nation' test for presidential candidates from both parties.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Joshua Wong was 17 when he was first arrested for his political views. Douglas Heaven BBC News But by then he had been taking part in pro-democracy protests for more than three years. In 2011, aged… The uncertain future… Read More »

Stop the political point-scoring and take human rights seriously

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Are Turkey, Germany and the Netherlands crying wolf on human rights? Başak Çalı Euractiv There’s a legal route for countries that take human rights seriously, writes Başak Çalı. March saw unusually… Stop the political… Read More »

Myanmar stumbles on path to democracy under Aung San Suu Kyi

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Yangon: For decades Myanmar’s people dreamed of democracy, but a year into office Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government is struggling to revive a sluggish economy and shake off the vestiges of the still powerful military. Agence France Presse Aarab News Swept into power on a wave of optimism and hatred of the generals who ruled for 50 years, Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) vowed to boost prosperity and end decades of bloody civil war. But while “The… ... Read More »

A negotiated threat to democracy

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The advent of devolution four years ago gave the residents of northern Kenya immense hope of development. Hassan Malik Mohamed Daily Nation The good news is that progress has begun to be felt and smelt in the expansive region through the construction of roads and improved access to health care. However, the misapplication… A negotiated threat to… Read More »

How French ”Intellectuals” ruined the West: Postmodernism and its impact, explained

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Postmodernism presents a threat not only to liberal democracy but to modernity… Helen Pluckrose Areo Magazine That may sound like a bold or even hyperbolic claim, but the reality is that the cluster of ideas and values at the root of postmodernism have broken the bounds of academia and… The irrational and identitarian “symptoms” of… How French ”Intellectuals… Read More »