Democracy

Hundreds of thousands protest for fifth straight week against South Korean President

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Huge rallies have been held in Seoul for a fifth straight week to protest against President Park Geun-hye, in the largest ongoing series of demonstrations in the country since the 1987 movement to democratise South Korea. ABC Ms Park’s presidency has been rocked by allegations that a close friend used her ties to the leader to meddle in state affairs and wield improper influence. Prosecutors have indicted her… Hundreds of thousands protest for… Read More »

As nationalism is weaponised, Australia desperately needs to embrace inclusive patriotism

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Malcolm Turnbull cannot claim Australia is the greatest multicultural nation and ignore Dutton’s attack on Lebanese Muslim migrants at the same time The Guardian Katharine Murphy This week I’ve found myself thinking frequently about a woman, a wife, a mother and a… As nationalism is… Read More »

Should public opinion determine policy?

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Political philosophy, like other realms of moral philosophy, deals with issues which cannot be settled by a formal test or procedure – such as a rule of law or the judgment of a political official; either because there is no rule or the rules are unclear, so that someone must first decide what the rule should be. On Line Opinion Max Atkinson A classic issue of political philosophy arises from the decision by the British Government, in response to a ... Read More »

Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters. (Greens MPS, Flickr) Cash For Contacts: Larissa Waters Calls For End To Secret Meetings, Sweetheart Political Deals

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When Ministers retire from politics straight into the arms of Big Corporate and Big Mining, our democracy is under threat. New Matilda Larissa Waters Greens Senator Larissa Waters argues for tighter restrictions. Australians are fed up with establishment politics and… Queensland Greens Senator… Read More »

Egypt’s anti protest law: Legalising authoritarianism

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How the Egyptian regime used the law to crack down on opposition and isolate voices of dissent. By Amr Hamzawy Since the summer of 2013, following the military coup led by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the ruling regime in Egypt has managed to… Egypt’s anti protest… Read More »

The Electoral College has to go — here’s how we do it

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The United States can’t pretend to be a democracy. BY MARK WESTON, CONTRIBUTOR First-place candidates have lost two presidential elections in the last 16 years: Al Gore lost despite beating George W. Bush by 544,000 votes in 2000, and Hillary Clinton was defeated even though she… The Electoral College has… Read More »

Turkey’s slide into authoritarianism is a worrisome sign of what’s to come: Editorial

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Turkey’s sad slide away from freedom is not just a tragedy for that country. Editorial  It’s a warning that democracy is fragile and can be quickly undermined if a society loses the will to fight for it. Authoritarianism is on the march in many parts of the… Turkey’s slide into… Read More »

Let’s Face It: The U.S. Constitution Needs a Makeover

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TThe 2016 election shows that it’s time to start a national conversation about fundamental political reform. BY CHRISTIAN CARYL  The experts have been throwing around a lot of numbers in the wake of the U.S. presidential election. But there’s one statistic that… Let’s Face It: The… Read More »

Myanmar detains two newspaper officials in defamation case

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Police on Nov. 11 detained the chief executive and the chief editor of Myanmar’s largest daily newspaper over a defamation case by a powerful politician following a Facebook posting. YANGON – Reuters The police detained Than Htut Aung, the flamboyant chief executive of Eleven Media Group and the newspaper’s chief editor, Wai… Myanmar detains two… Read More »

Weekend Roundup: Democracy Disrupts Itself

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The “Great Reaction” that propelled Donald Trump to the White House is not just another turn of the electoral cycle, but an indication of a system in crisis. Nathan Gardels When unresponsive elites forsake the common folk in governing systems anchored in popular sovereignty, demagogues who fashion themselves as tribunes of the… Weekend Roundup: Democracy… Read More »

The US election was closer than you think

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ANALYSIS On first look, the US election looks like a Trump landslide. But looks can be deceiving. by Matt Martino The electoral college vote as it stands has Donald Trump at 279 votes — nine votes above the magic number of 270 needed to claim the presidency. With another 26 expected from the… The US election was… Read More »

Brandis scraps direction to Solicitor-General

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Attorney-General George Brandis has pre-empted his opponents in the Senate by rescinding his controversial direction that all requests to the Solicitor-General for advice must go through him. After a scathing report from the non-government majority on a Senate inquiry into the events surrounding Brandis issuing the… Brandis scraps direction to… Read More »

Democrats once represented the working class. Not any more

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Bill Clinton and Barack Obama helped shift power away from the people towards corporations. Robert Reich It was this that created an opening for Donald Trump. What has happened in America should not be seen as a… Democrats once represented the… Read More »

The Guardian view on President-elect Donald Trump: a dark day for the world

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This is a political and cultural cataclysm that few believed would really happen. Editorial It’s a bleak day for America, and for the pluralism and diversity the country has come to stand for Donald Trump wins the US election – live Become a Guardian supporter or make a contribution The Guardian view on… Read More »

An American Tragedy

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The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and… By David Remnick An American… Read More »

Nobel Peace Laureates Warn: Trump Presidency Would Bring Grave Risks

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It is unusual for us to comment on an American election, even more so in the eleventh hour. José Ramos-Horta Óscar Arias Sánchez John Hume  But what is at stake at the moment in the U.S. election affects us all. The Presidential election in the world’s most powerful democracy has descended into name calling, disinformation and… Nobel Peace Laureates… Read More »