Democracy

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 »

UN Debate

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Who will be the next Secretary General of the UN?.. What is the UN? Founded in 1945 after the Second World War ended, the UN is guided by the principles in its Charter – primarily maintaining international peace and security. The organisation has six official languages including Chinese and Russian, and is funded by its 193 member states. As well as striving to maintain peace, the UN promotes sustainable development, protects human rights, upholds international law and delivers humanitarian aid… ... Read More »

5 things about the man Turkey says was behind the coup

Fetullah Gülen is an influential Islamic cleric and a former close ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.. By BARBARA SURK Tanks were still trawling the streets of Istanbul and the parliament in Ankara was under bombardment when Turkish government officials pointed at self-exiled Islamic cleric Fetullah Gülen as the man behind the attempted coup, carried out by a faction of the military… Source: 5 things about the man Turkey says was behind the coup – POLITICO Read More »

Protecting Africa’s democracy from trigger-happy police

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Evidently, brutal policing is putting Africa’s nascent democracy at great risk. Peter Kagwanja Daily Nation Despite the momentous collapse of the “police states” of the one-party vintage and Africa’s return to democracy, policing remains a nasty and brutal affair on the continent. The neo-liberal experiment… Protecting Africa’s democracy… Read More »