Democracy

Poll: Sanders Erases Clinton’s National Lead

The Vermont senator erases his rival’s national lead in a new poll, even as he struggles to close the delegate gap. Hillary Clinton may have amassed a nearly insurmountable lead in delegates, but rank-and-file Democrats are now virtually split between her and Bernie Sanders over which candidate should be their party’s presidential… Source: Poll: Sanders Erases Clinton’s National Lead – The Atlantic Read More »

Dutch referendum: EU leaders say Ukraine deal will go ahead despite Netherlands ‘no’ vote

EUROPEAN UNION leaders were tonight plotting to override the democratic wishes of the Dutch people and plough ahead with a rejected plan to tighten their grip on Ukraine.. Arrogant Brussels politicians insisted the plot to bring Kiev further into their sphere of influence will go ahead, even though it was last night overwhelmingly rejected by the Dutch… Source: Dutch referendum: EU leaders say Ukraine deal will go ahead despite Netherlands ‘no’ vote | Politics | News | Daily Express Read More »

Bangladesh activist Nazimuddin Samad hacked to death

The murder is the latest incident of aggression against secular bloggers and activists in the Muslim-majority country. A law student who posted pro-atheism comments on social media has been murdered, Bangladeshi police said, in the latest incident in a series of killings of secular activists and bloggers in the country… Source: Bangladesh activist Nazimuddin Samad hacked to death – AJE News Read More »

The Rise of German Isolationism

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The refusal of EU leaders to agree on a common solution to the refugee crisis is not just hurting the newcomers; it is also damaging the EU’s future, as it bolsters isolationist forces in Germany. The recent victory of far-right figures in Germany’s regional elections should serve as a stark warning to all EU members… Source: The Rise of German Isolationism by Marcel Fratzscher – Project Syndicate Read More »

Hundreds arrested as French police assault student protests against labour reform

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After more than a million workers and youth marched Thursday in defiance of the state of emergency to protest Socialist Party (PS) labour minister Myriam El Khomri’s law, security forces yesterday violently attacked continuing demonstrations against the reactionary labour law reform… Source: Hundreds arrested as French police assault student protests against labour reform – World Socialist Web Site Read More »

Fears As Gold Logie Might Go To Non-White Person

The mainstream media is in a panic today over fears that the coveted Gold Logie award might be given to someone who isn’t white.   Nominations of The Project’s Waleed Aly and The Feed’s Lee Lin Chin for the award have created ripples in the media as commentators struggle to deal with the notion that someone may be celebrated for their work even if they aren’t technically white and in some cases might controversially have an entirely different cultural background… ... Read More »

Female chief in Malawi breaks up 850 child marriages and sends girls back to school

‘ Theresa Kachindamoto, the senior chief in the Dedza District of Central Malawi, wields power over close to 900,000 people… and she’s not afraid to use her authority to help the women and girls in her district. In the past three years, she has annulled more than 850 child marriages, sent hundreds of young women back to school to continue their education, and made strides to abolish cleansing… Source: Female chief in Malawi breaks up 850 child marriages and sends ... Read More »

Freedom of religion starts at home, Mr. Erdogan

The April 1 Metro article “A new community spirit” was right to highlight the controversy surrounding Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s participation in the opening of the Diyanet Center of America. But there’s another point to be made. The freedom of religion enshrined in the U.S… Source: Freedom of religion starts at home, Mr. Erdogan – The Washington Post Read More »

President Jacob Zuma to face impeachment motion in South African parliament

Johannesburg: South Africa’s parliament is set to debate a motion to impeach President Jacob Zuma, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete said, after a top court ruled the president had violated the constitution. South Africa’s constitutional court ruled on Thursday that Mr Zuma had failed to uphold the constitution by ignoring orders from the public protector that he repay some of the $16 million… Source: President Jacob Zuma to face impeachment motion in South African parliament Read More »

The climate change and its impact on democracy

We need to decouple economic progress from fossil fuels if we are to survive as a species… It is easy to poke fun at United States Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. He provides an endless supply of material for criticism and ridicule. But there is a real issue here: The electorate is furious in both sides of the Atlantic. In a democracy this matters…. Source: The climate change and its impact on democracy – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi drops two ministerial jobs, takes on presidential spokeswoman role

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi drops plans to run two major ministries, but will act as spokeswoman for the President.. Banned from becoming president by a junta-era constitution, Ms Suu Kyi has cemented control over the country’s first civilian-led government in… Source: Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi drops two ministerial jobs, takes on presidential spokeswoman role – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Why Are Christians Leaving the Holy Land?

People who reflexively blame the wrong party for criminal acts are either misinformed or disingenuous. The sad truth is that in the Palestinian territories, Christians are forced to live like dhimmis — second-class citizens who survive largely by the… Source: Why Are Christians Leaving the Holy Land? Read More »

Subverting Myanmar’s Constitution for Its Own Good

Democracy needs flexibility.. When the first act of a new legislature is to circumvent its country’s written constitution, it’s usually a bad sign. Not so in Myanmar, where the democratically elected parliament moved last week to create the post of “state counselor” and give the job to Aung San Suu Kyi, the… Source: Subverting Myanmar’s Constitution for Its Own Good – Bloomberg View Read More »

Turkey’s Erdogan says Obama spoke ‘behind my back’ on press freedom

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused U.S. counterpart Barack Obama of going behind his back for criticizing Turkey’s press freedom record and linked it to efforts to “divide” Turkey, media reports said on Sunday… Source: Turkey’s Erdogan says Obama spoke ‘behind my back’ on press freedom | Reuters Read More »

Turkey’s president comes to Maryland to celebrate Turkish center’s opening

Two decades of praying, planning and building came to fruition Saturday as thousands from across the country and beyond gathered to celebrate the official opening of a $110 million facility in suburban Maryland designed to support and honor Turks and those of the Muslim faith living in the United States… Source: Turkey’s president comes to Maryland to celebrate Turkish center’s opening – The Washington Post Read More »

Vietnam parliament swears in top policeman as president

Hanoi: Vietnam’s parliament has sworn in Tran Dai Quang as president, elevating the head of a controversial internal security agency to one of the communist nation’s most powerful political posts. Vietnam has no paramount ruler and is officially led by a triumvirate of president, prime minister and Communist Party chief, although experts say the presidency is more ceremonial than the other posts… Source: Vietnam parliament swears in top policeman as president Read More »