Democracy

The Search for Security via Answers to Questions on Law, Criminal Justice and Impunity

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A working paper published in connection with the ‘Conference on Cyprus’ in Geneva on 28 June 2017  Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published by Agora Dialogue on 17 June 2017 This working paper addresses issues which are of enormous importance to every citizen of the Republic of Cyprus and of the European Union of which it forms part. In the interests of security, the working paper goes further by raising a substantial number of questions relating to law, criminal justice and impunity. These questions ... Read More »

Should you get a vote if you don’t understand politics? Academics offer democracy rethink

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Democracy has always been a messy form of government and is often unpredictable. RN By Antony Funnell for Future Tense ABC Both qualities can be a strength, but as we know from recent international experience, they can also be a liability. The election of Donald Trump, for instance, produced a result at odds with the wishes of the majority of voters. Elsewhere in the world, in democracies like Turkey, Hungary, Poland and the… Should you get… Read More »

Ministers to be hauled before Supreme Court after criticising terror sentencing

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Three senior Turnbull government ministers will be hauled before the Supreme Court of Victoria to explain why they should not be charged with contempt after accusing the… Josh Gordon Benjamin Preiss The Age In an explosive development, the Supreme Court has ordered Health Minister Greg Hunt, Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar and Human Services Minister Alan Tudge to appear on Friday “to… A letter from Judicial Registrar Ian Irving obtained by Fairfax Media says… Ministers to be… Read More »

Turkey Hires More U.S. Lobbying Firms as its Reputation is Further Tarnished

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As Turkey becomes the target of worldwide condemnation for its human rights violations, the Turkish government decides to spend a fortune on lobbying and public relations firms to try to cleanse its… Harut Sassounian The Armenian Weekly On the heels of the April 16 flawed referendum which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan barely won to give himself a wide-ranging dictatorial powers, and his bodyguards’ brutal attack in front of the Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C., on… Turkey Hires More… Read More »

‘Totally unwarranted and draconian’: Lawyers condemn Peter Dutton ‘power grab’ on citizenship

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Lawyers, including the country’s peak law body, have condemned Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s latest citizenship crackdown as a power grab that threatens the independence of the… Michael Koziol Fergus Hunter The Sydney Morning Herald Under changes to be put to Parliament this week, the minister will be empowered to overrule citizenship decisions of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, in a bid to put a stop to its… Mr Dutton said the… ‘Totally unwarranted and… Read More »

How to Go the Resistance Distance: Pop-Up Schools for Novice Activists

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Modeled after the Civil Rights Era’s citizenship and freedom schools, the new Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership teaches skills for the… Chuck Collins yes! More than 200 people crammed into a meeting room at Smith College to listen to Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum speak at the May 4 opening ceremony of the… The new school provides in-person training opportunities in activism in five… How to Go… Read More »

Over 450,000 sign petition against DUP coalition

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A petition launched against the Conservatives joining a coalition with the DUP has attracted almost 450,000 signatures in 12 hours. The Scotsman The petition states that Theresa May would not be involved in a coalition of chaos and asks for the Prime Minister to resign. The move comes after the Prome Minister said she would seek to form a minority government with a “confidence and supply” agreement with the controversial Northern Irish party… Over 450,000 sign… Read More »

Fragile Kosovo prepares for crucial vote

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Nine years after proclaiming independence, fragile Kosovo votes on June 11 at a time of high tension with Serbia, rampant unemployment and some of its leaders threatened with prosecution for… Pristina Hurriyet The parliamentary election – Kosovo’s third since 2008 – is the most important since the independence declaration, according to Slovenian think-tank IFIMES, which specializes in the… While Kosovo’s sovereignty… Fragile Kosovo prepares… Read More »

How Jeremy Corbyn Proved the Haters Wrong

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LONDON — Among the many satisfying outcomes of Britain’s general election has been the roll call of pundits reeling out apologies for getting it so wrong. RACHEL SHABI The New York Times The Labour Party has, against all odds, surged to take a 40 percent share of the vote, more than it has won in years. And so the nation’s commentariat, who had confidently thought that the party under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership would be wiped off the political map, are ... Read More »

News Australia loses appeal in Federal Court on $15m tax bill

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Australia’s highest-risk taxpayer has lost an appeal in the Federal Court on a $15 million tax bill relating to interest income. Nassim Khadem Brisbane Times Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation has been in long-running legal battles with the ATO and in 2015 was outed as the nation’s highest risk taxpayer. On Thursday the Federal Court’s Justice Tony Pagone dismissed News Australia Holding’s appeal relating to an old tax assessment amounting to about… News Australia loses… Read More »

Spain’s Catalonia announces October independence vote

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The leader of Spain’s Catalonia region, where a separatist movement is in full swing, announced on June 9 an independence referendum for October 1 in defiance of Madrid which is firmly against such a… Barcelona Hurriyet Speaking in Barcelona, Carles Puigdemont said the question would be: “Do you want Catalonia to be an independent state in the form of a… Catalonia, a wealthy, 7.5-million-strong region with its own language and customs, has long demanded greater… Spain’s Catalonia announces… Read More »

Madhya Pradesh farmers’ strike: Inside Mandsaur disturbance lies history of political doles, opium addiction

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There’s no doubt that the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh messed up handling the situation in Mandsaur on at least three… Sandeep Balakrishna FirstPost First, it could’ve been vigilant and heeded the simmering discontent over farm loan waivers, taken leaders of the farming community into confidence and worked out a solution thereby preventing this unfortunate… Second, the law… Madhya Pradesh farmers… Read More »

Deliberative democracy must rise to the threat of populist rhetoric

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We are “living in the end times”, or so Slavoj Žižek tells us. We have seen the arrival of the “four horsemen of the apocalypse”: the global ecological crisis, sharp inequalities in the economic system, the biogenic revolution, and… Nicole Curato Lucy J Parry The Conversation The global rise of populism, it seems, is only a symptom of these long-standing tragedies in the… Populist claims – the grand promises that prey on unrealistic expectations, those… Deliberative democracy must… Read More »

Gillian Triggs says Australia’s politicians leading ‘assault’ on democratic ideals

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Human Rights Commission president says right to advocate and freedom of speech threatened by governments Elle Hunt The Guardian Gillian Triggs says an “ideological assault” on community advocacy is being waged by Australian governments and political leaders that threatens the… The president of the Australian Human Rights Commission said the right to advocate and freedom of speech – “some of the most basic ideas” underpinning a… Gillian Triggs says… Read More »

UN rights czar: Nothing is like Holocaust, but Palestinians are suffering

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Marking 50 years since 1967 war, Jordan’s Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein says Israelis and Palestinians both deserve different kinds of… By Times of Israel staff and AP The UN human rights chief on Tuesday decried 50 years of Israeli control of the West Bank, “which has denied the Palestinians many of their most fundamental freedoms,” invoking the Jewish Holocaust while simultaneously asserting that he was not comparing the experiences of the… In a statement marking the… UN rights czar… Read More »

Teaching Humility in an Age of Arrogance

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”Humility” isn’t a word that most academics — or Americans — identify with. Michael Patrick Lynch The Chronicle Review                                             Indeed, if there is a single attitude most closely associated with our culture, it’s the opposite of humility. The defining trait of the age seems to be arrogance — in particular, the kind of arrogance personified by our tweeter in chief; the arrogance of thinking that you know it all and… Teaching Humility in… Read More »