Democracy

How Trumpocracy corrupts democracy

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American democracy is a complex, self-organising system. Sandra Navidi Daily Nation In terms of network science, President Donald Trump is a “superhub”: the most well-connected human “node”, located in the centre of the network. While he does… How Trumpocracy corrupts… Read More »

Opposition leader detained in Kyrgyzstan

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A veteran opposition leader in Kyrgyzstan was arrested on corruption charges, security services said yesterday, as political tensions mount in the Central Asian country ahead of a November presidential… Hurriyet BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – Agence France-Presse The State Committee for National Security (GKNB) said Omurbek Tekebayev, who leads the nominally socialist Ata-Meken party, was detained yesterday after landing at the country’s… Opposition leader detained… Read More »

Theresa May urges voters: Use local ballot to reject indyref2

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The Prime Minister has urged voters in Scotland to use May’s council elections to make clear to Nicola Sturgeon that they do not want to have another independence… KATRINE BUSSEY The Scotsman Theresa May said voters should choose the Conservatives in the local government ballot to send a “clear message” on the… Ever since the… Theresa May urges… Read More »

Reporters barred from U.S. press secretary briefing

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New York, February 24, 2017–The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the decision today to bar nine news outlets from an informal briefing known as “a gaggle” by President Donald Trump’s White House Press Secretary Sean… CPJ Separately, at the Conservative Party Action Conference in Maryland today, Trump said that journalists should not be allowed to use anonymous sources, and… Reporters barred from… Read More »

Erdoğan to Me: Stay Out of Turkey

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I participated yesterday in a conference about the eastern Mediterranean at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA) just outside Tel Aviv; and because Tel Aviv is the diplomatic center of Israel, its events attract a good number of… Daniel Pipes Cross-posted from National Review Online Yesterday was no exception, with a… Erdoğan to Me… Read More »

How Immigrants Built the American Left—And Can Build It Again

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Last Thursday’s “Day Without Immigrants” work stoppages, which closed hundreds of restaurants, grocery stores, garages, retail shops, and other businesses, offered a taste of the capacity for militant action wielded by immigrant… Dissent Nelson Lichtenstein  Led in many cities by Latino activists calling for a “huelga general,” the February… How Immigrants Built… Read More »

Socialism’s Return

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After more than a half-century in the wilderness, the socialist left reemerges in America. Patrick Iber  The Nation For the American left, 2016 proved to be a year with a cruel twist ending. In the first few months, a self-
described democratic socialist by the name of Bernie Sanders mounted a surprisingly… Socialism’s Return… Read More »

Second independence referendum ‘weeks from being called’

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A prominent Scottish independence campaign group has launched a new fundraising drive as it expects a second referendum to be held in May or September next year.. Paul Ward The Scotsman 200 Voices: find out more about the people who have shaped Scotland Business for Scotland, which focused on the economic case for independence, said it is getting “back in full campaign mode” for a… Second independence referendum… Read More »

John McCain: Attacking The Free Press Is ‘How Dictators Get Started’

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“We need to learn the lessons of history.” Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) gave a staunch defense of the free press Saturday, noting that attacks on the media are “how dictators get… Mary Papenfuss The Huffington Post Speaking on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” to be aired Sunday, McCain took a swipe at President Donald Trump’s volleys against the… John McCain: Attacking… Read More »

Holyrood’s legal intervention over Brexit cost nearly £140k

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THE Scottish Government spent almost £140,000 on its intervention in the Article 50 case at the UK Supreme Court, figures show.. The Scotsman A response to a written Scottish parliamentary question showed that £128,877 was spent on “external legal fees”, while there was an £800 court fee to intervene in the case… Holyrood’s legal intervention… Read More »

America’s Crisis Of Democracy Looks Shockingly Like Poland’s

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What’s happening in the era of Trump almost seems like déjà vu for this European country. Christian Borys, Oskar Górzyński The Huffington Post  WARSAW, Poland ― U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration and the subsequent deluge of shocking events that followed have set the… Many Americans are concerned that their country is going down an alarming and unprecedented path, as… America’s Crisis Of… Read More »

Democracy Promotion Is Smart Security Policy

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Domestic divisions and propaganda offensives undermine U.S. interests. Adrian A. Basora and Kenneth Yalowitz The National Interest We cannot “make America great again” unless America is secure both at home and in its global position. But what does… Democracy Promotion Is… Read More »

What Did Trump Know, and When Did He Know It?

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During the Watergate scandal, until now the most outrageous political scandal in American history, the crucial question was drawled by Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee: “What did the president know, and when did he know it?” Nicholas Kristof The New York Times Today the question is the same. This is not about Mike Flynn. It is about the president who… What Did Trump… Read More »

Triggs: public servants should know human rights obligations

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Public servants should at least be aware of the human rights treaties to which Australia is party and the obligations they entail, says Gillian Triggs — and many do want to know how to do their… David Donaldson The Mandarin Public servants need to remember their obligations under international human rights treaties, despite… Triggs: public servants… Read More »

Liberals to put One Nation ahead of Nationals in unprecedented election deal

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The Turnbull government is defending an unprecedented preference deal that will see the Liberals put One Nation ahead of the Nationals in Western Australia, with a senior frontbencher saying Pauline Hanson’s party is more “sophisticated” than… Adam Gartrell Brisbane Times Arthur Sinodinos says One Nation has “evolved” in the 16 years since his… Liberals to put… Read More »

‘I feel like I have been buried alive’: families live in fear and isolation as Erdoğan leads a witch-hunt

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More than 125,000 people have been sacked on suspicion of links to a dissident cleric. Two teachers and a law student describe how this has affected… Constanze Letsch The Guardian On 1 September, the life of Ahmet and Fatma Özer*, married teachers from Istanbul, changed… Accused of being sympathisers of Fethullah… ‘I feel like I… Read More »