Democracy

Can social media, loud and inclusive, fix world politics?

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The Conversation Global’s new series, Politics in the Age of Social Media, examines how governments around the world rely on digital tools to exercise power. Rania Fakhoury The Conversation Privacy is no longer a social norm, said Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2010, as social media took a leap to bring more private information into the public domain. But what does… Can social media… Read More »

Le Pen’s Dutch bummer

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3 takeaways for the French far-right leader from Europe’s first major election of… NICHOLAS VINOCUR Politico PARIS — At a rally with European allies in January, French far-right leader Marine Le Pen predicted the Continent would “rise up” in 2017 as the Anglo-Saxon world had done last year by voting for Brexit and… So far, the populist uprising hasn’t gone to… Le Pen’s Dutch… Read More »

SNP accused of ‘not respecting DEMOCRACY and trying to scupper Brexit’

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THE SNP has been accused of “not respecting democracy” after its deputy leader signalled that the push for another independence referendum in Scotland is… DAVID MADDOX Express Angus Robertson, who has been a leading Remoaner in Westminster, told the SNP conference in Aberdeen that Theresa May is afraid of a Scottish referendum because the… SNP accused of… Read More »

US calls on Turkey to respect, ensure fundamental freedoms

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The United States has called on Turkey to respect and ensure essential freedoms over concerns on human rights issues and freedoms in the… Hurriyet “We urge Turkey to respect and ensure freedom of expression, fair trial guarantees, judicial independence, and other essential… We also firmly believe… US calls on… Read More »

Das Knowhow Kapital

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JOHANNESBURG – It has been a quarter-century since apartheid ended, and 23 since the African National Congress took power in South… Ricardo Hausmann Project Syndicate But, as President Jacob Zuma reported in his recent State of the Nation Address, the country’s whites remain in… “White households earn at least five times more than black… Das Knowhow… Read More »

Dictatorships cannot solve African leadership problems

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The election season seems to bring some of the strangest ideas. Maina Kiai Daily Nation It bothers me when supposed intellectuals suggest that Kenya and Africa need benevolent dictators to solve our problems. It bothers me… Dictatorships cannot solve… Read More »

Trouble brewing in Netherlands as Erdogan supporters win first seats in Dutch election

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A TURKISH-DUTCH party has secured its first ever seats in the Netherlands parliament as the Turkey row… KATIE MANSFIELD Express Denk, a party founded by Tunahan Kuzu and Selçuk Öztürk has become the first ever ethic minority party in the Dutch… The party, which has long been accused of being a… Trouble brewing in… Read More »

A political scientist explains how big data is transforming politics

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“Big data makes it easy for candidates to dismiss their opponents.” Sean Illing Vox “Big data revolutionized the way American politicians win elections. In the process, it broke American… This was the central claim in a recent column by NBC’s Chuck Todd and Carrie Dann. The argument is simple enough: Politics “broke” because the… A political scientist… Read More »

Greece: A Democracy in Crisis

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The Greek people have just about reached the limits of their strength. Maria Polizoidou Gatestone Institute The economic situation is tragic. Illegal immigration is… Greece: A Democracy… Read More »

Dutch election: PM Rutte sees off anti-EU Wilders challenge

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s party has won the most seats in parliamentary elections, exit polls… BBC Early results confirmed the exit polls, with his centre-right VVD Party on course for 31 out of 150… Three parties are projected to win 19 seats each: Geert Wilders’ anti-immigration Freedom Party (PVV), the Christian Democrats and the… Dutch election: PM… Read More »

Madame de Tocqueville

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For good reason, there is a never-ending literature about Alexis de Tocqueville, author of Democracy in America, which Harvey Mansfield in the introduction to his own translation calls “the best book ever written on democracy… Michael Barone AEI But there has never been much written on Tocqueville’s wife, born Mary Mottley, a native of England. Now that gap… Madame de Tocqueville… Read More »

How neo-nationalism went global

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For more than ten years, the world has been witnessing a sharp spike in nationalist tensions, coupled with flare-ups in xenophobia and nativism. Karoline Postel-Vinay The Conversation But it took Brexit and the election of Donald Trump to spark a real conversation about the global rise in neo-nationalism. Western European and… How neo-nationalism went… Read More »

What can the Dutch elections tell us about Europe?

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Coming Dutch elections are a prism to understand Europe and tell much about its institutional and cultural crisis. Silvia Mazzini and Kees Jan van Kesteren Al Jazeera News On March 15, the Dutch are going to the polls. An event that… What can the… Read More »

Australia’s discriminatory constitution would allow a Trump-style travel ban

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Donald Trump has signed a second executive order to close America’s borders to nations with large Muslim… George Williams The Sydney Morning Herald Many Australians think we should follow suit, with a Newspoll finding that 44 per cent (or 52 per cent of Coalition voters) supporting such a… The idea has also been backed by prominent politicians including government MP George… Australia’s discriminatory constitution… Read More »

The Fillon affair: France’s sick democracy

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This affair reflects the very essence of a system dominated by ruling elite that serves its own financial interests. Ali Saad Al Jazeera News Ever since Francois Fillon was elected as the French conservative party, The Republicans, candidate for the upcoming presidential elections in May, he has been caught up in a controversy surrounding his wife’s “fake job” as… The Fillon affair… Read More »

Making Athens Great Again

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How does a citizen respond when a democracy that prides itself on being exceptional betrays its highest principles? REBECCA NEWBERGER GOLDSTEIN The Atlantic Plato despaired, but he also pointed the way to renewal. What happens when a society, once a model for enlightened progress, threatens to… Making Athens Great… Read More »