Democracy

Free speech: would removing Section 18C really give us the right to be bigots?

Despite previously saying we all have the right to be bigots, Attorney-General George Brandis now says reform of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act is no longer on the government’s agenda. However, there are several senators – some new, some returning – who beg to differ. David Leyonhjelm, Bob Day, Derryn Hinch and One… Source: Free speech: would removing Section 18C really give us the right to be bigots? Read More »

Museveni’s Post-election Politics: Keeping a Lid on Uganda’s Opposition

Six months after its February general election the political atmosphere in Uganda is unsettled, securitised and paranoid. Opposition leaders and some supporters – seeking to rally a popular movement against the regime – are regularly harassed, accused of treason and temporarily detained. The ruling elite is clearly concerned about the opposition’s growing support. Its hard-fisted approach to the problem, alongside a… Source: Museveni’s Post-election Politics: Keeping a Lid on Uganda’s Opposition | International Crisis Group Read More »

Capitalism and Democracy [part 3]

Signs of our troubled times: in a southern hemisphere democracy, where the wealthiest 20% of households are now 70 times richer than the bottom 20%, a prime minister gets back into office with the help of a million dollars from his own pocket. In the northern hemisphere, in the heartlands of the European Union, an avowedly socialist party governs a… Source: Capitalism and Democracy [part 3] Read More »

Turkey’s purge marks endgame in Islamist civil war

ISTANBUL — Last month’s failed coup brought into relief a bitter struggle at the heart of Turkish politics. By Ishaan Tharoor From his humble childhood in a working-class neighborhood of Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has steadily transformed the… Source: Turkey’s purge marks endgame in Islamist civil war – The Washington Post Read More »

Stephen Collins: Ireland not immune to virus that spawned Donald Trump’s success

Irish voters are also no longer won over by facts; instead emotion carries all before it.. Stephen Collins The emergence of Donald Trump as a serious candidate for the American presidency and the decision of the British… Source: Stephen Collins: Ireland not immune to virus that spawned Donald Trump’s success  Read More »

Slow-motion Coup in Venezuela?

Nicolás Maduro was elected president of Venezuela in April 2013 by a narrow margin. His term is due to end in January 2019, unless the opposition Democratic Unity (MUD) alliance can force a recall referendum this year – and win it. But does President Maduro really run the country?… Source: Slow-motion Coup in Venezuela? | International Crisis Group Read More »

Katanga: Tensions in DRC’s Mineral Heartland

​As the regime keeps delaying an encounter with the electorate, growing tensions and state repression in Congo’s resource-rich Katanga may be the precursor of a violent escalation. Without a credible national dialogue and better working relations between the central government and new provinces, the country could descend into a crisis reminiscent of the… Source: Katanga: Tensions in DRC’s Mineral Heartland | International Crisis Group Read More »

Reimagining NSW: how good governance strengthens democracy

Many people are watching the Donald Trump campaign in the US and wondering: how has it come to this? Anti-politics, populist, and some say even authoritarian candidates such as Trump have risen in recent years across established democracies, along with rising polarisation and increasing political instability… Source: Reimagining NSW: how good governance strengthens democracy Read More »

Report highlights cosy relationship between mining industry and political parties

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THE cosy and often secretive relationship between political parties and their donors in the mining industry has been highlighted in a report that looks at six controversial projects in Queensland including Adani’s Carmichael mine… Source: Report highlights cosy relationship between mining industry and political parties | Greasing The Wheels Read More »

Myanmar’s New Government: Finding Its Feet?

The first four months of Myanmar’s democratic government have set a positive tone. But de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi needs to find ways to bring peace with ethnic insurgents closer, rebalance relations with China, and overcome deeply ingrained problems in Rakhine State… Source: Myanmar’s New Government: Finding Its Feet? | International Crisis Group Read More »

How gay rights advance democracy in the Middle East

The crackdown against the LGBT community is part of Erdogan’s grander ambition to Islamize Turkish society… Source: How gay rights advance democracy in the Middle East | afr.com Read More »

Comment: Should we sit down and be nice to Pauline?

Should we sit down and be nice to Pauline? By Dee Madigan No. Sitting down with her and chatting to her gives credibility to her views that will actually help her. As if what she has to say is worth hearing. It isn’t… Source: Comment: Should we sit down and be nice to Pauline? | SBS News Read More »

Is Erdogan seeing Gulenists or ghosts?

The attempted military coup in Turkey ended in total failure. Within 24 hours, the AKP government and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regained control. Within hours it initiated a purge against the organizers. But the government’s crackdown was not limited to the ranks of the military, a faction of which were the instigators of the coup. Source: Is Erdogan seeing Gulenists or ghosts? Read More »

Philippines’ Duterte declares communist ceasefire

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced July 25 a unilateral cease-fire with communist rebels who are waging one of Asia’s longest insurgencies, and urged them to reciprocate.. Duterte made the announcement in his first “State of the Nation Address” to Congress as he laid the groundwork for peace talks with the communists that are due to begin in Norway next month… Source: Philippines’ Duterte declares communist ceasefire – ASIA Read More »

What animal could a democracy be? Ape, fox, lion … how about jellyfish?

“If a democratic state were an organism, which one would it be?” asks the publican. Silence. Some among the pub’s patrons – wanting a better view of the evening’s action – turn in their heavy chairs. “Well,” speaks a man with a moustache so large it could provoke envy among walruses, “although völkerpsychologie, the idea that a state could… Source: What animal could a democracy be? Ape, fox, lion … how about jellyfish? Read More »

Turkish academics talk about living in fear: ‘It’s the final stage of a witch hunt’

After the coup attempt that failed to remove Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week, the government has gone on the offensive against what it says is a vast network of plotters, which it calls a “parallel state” run by exiled cleric and Erdogan enemy Fethullah Gülen.. By Alberto Riva and Asli Pelit Some of the targets of the purge are pretty obvious, with thousands of military officers… Source: Turkish academics talk about living in fear: ‘It’s the final stage ... Read More »