Democracy

Local Elections: The Coming Test for Nepal’s Constitution

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Nepal holds local elections for the first time in two… Stephen Groves The Diplomat KATHMANDU — For the first time in 20 years, Nepalis will go to the ballot box on May 14 to elect local officials, marking a significant step in consummating the Constitution passed in September… But they will do so without the consent of the… Local Elections: The… Read More »

Kenya: Avoiding Another Electoral Crisis

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Political tensions are rising in Kenya ahead of elections in August for the presidency and other senior… Murithi Mutiga ICG Measures taken now can avert the risk of a repeat of electoral violence that killed hundreds of people in… Kenyans go to the polls in August, and fierce contests are likely in the race for the… Kenya: Avoiding Another… Read More »

A warning from the Middle East

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AFTER LIVING in Turkey for years, I concluded that Turkish democracy was deeply enough rooted so that no demagogic leader could throw it off track. Stephen Kinzer Boston Globe I was wrong. Now I believe… A warning from… Read More »

Turkish court upholds free speech … for Erdogan

A photo taken on July 20, 2016 shows a Turkish flag on the Istanbul Justice Palace (Adalet Sarayi).
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on July 20 chaired a crunch security meeting for the first time since the failed coup, as global alarm grew over a widening purge that has seen around 50,000 people either detained or sacked. / AFP / BULENT KILIC        (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

The botched coup attempt that rattled Turkey on July 15, 2016, marked a double setback for the country’s democracy. Ali Bayramoglu Al Monitor As the academic Vahap Coskun succinctly described it, the failed putsch “was an insurrection against the democratic order by a group that had infiltrated the state. Those in the… Turkish court upholds… Read More »

What would a wise democracy look like? We, the people, would matter

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All governments would like to overcome impasses caused by contentious issues. Janette Hartz-Karp The Conversation Particularly when they turn into a political slanging match, the result is loss of money, time and public trust. Take the decades-old… What would a… Read More »

Oprah Winfrey for president? ‘Now I’m thinking’

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Oprah Winfrey is not ruling out a presidential run in the wake of Donald Trump’s capture of the White… BBC She told Bloomberg Television Mr Trump’s election despite his political inexperience has made her rethink her own credentials for the Oval… The 63-year-old US talk show doyenne, who… Oprah Winfrey for… Read More »

Merkel slams ‘bitter’ detention of German journalist in Turkey

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Reporter Deniz Yucel has been placed in jail pending his trial on terrorism related charges. Deutsche Welle Scores of opposition journalists have been arrested amidst a crackdown on dissent by the government of… The outrage over the imprisonment of Turkish-German journalist Deniz Yucel prompted… Merkel slams ‘bitter… Read More »

Suu Kyi falls short of great expectations

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Many in Myanmar expected miracles when Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government took office after decades of military misrule. Bertil Lintner Asia Times The political reality has been more prosaic Myanmar’s first genuinely… Suu Kyi falls short of… Read More »

Democracy, the military and mainstream media in Turkey

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Hürriyet’s manipulative article, which was ironically released at a time when Turkey is still trying to overcome the trauma of the July 15 coup attempt and going to a referendum soon, is a poor copy of the daily’s anti-democratic past Meryem Ilayda Atlas Daily Sabah Daily Hürriyet published an article written by Hande Fırat over the weekend, at a time when Turkey has been trying its best to overcome the trauma caused by the July 15 military coup attempt just ... Read More »

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 »