Democracy

UK that Scotland voted to stay in ‘does not exist anymore’: Sturgeon

The Britain that Scotland voted to stay a part of in a 2014 referendum “does not exist anymore,” Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on June 26 following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union (EU). “The U.K. that Scotland voted to stay in in 2014 does not exist anymore,” Sturgeon told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show after saying a second independence referendum was now “highly likely,” AFP reported… Source: UK that Scotland voted to stay in ‘does not exist ... Read More »

BREAKING: UK government confirms SECOND REFERENDUM

A representative of the Electoral Commission has confirmed that a repeat referendum over the UK’s European Union membership has been arranged for Thursday 30th June. The announcement comes after an online petition passed the 50,000,000 signatures mark – this is the level where the government is legally obliged to bypass all layers of established democratic… Source: BREAKING: UK government confirms SECOND REFERENDUM | SOUTHEND NEWS NETWORK Read More »

Britain votes to leave EU, Cameron quits

Britain has voted to leave the European Union, forcing the resignation of Prime MinisterDavid Cameron and dealing the biggest blow since World War II to the European project of forging greater unity. Cameron said he would resign to make way for a new leader by early October after voters opted to exit the 28-nation alliance in defiance of his predictions of economic disaster and isolation… Source: Britain votes to leave EU, Cameron quits – EUROPE Read More »

Tony Blair: Brexit’s Stunning Coup

London — THE decision of British voters in Thursday’s referendum to leave the European Union will have vast consequences for Britain, for Europe and for the world. By TONY BLAIR * For a day, the British people were the government, and by 52 percent to 48 percent, they took the decision to go… Source: Tony Blair: Brexit’s Stunning Coup – The New York Times Read More »

Nicola Sturgeon announces plans for second indyref

NICOLA Sturgeon yesterday fired the starting gun for another Scottish independence referendum on a tumultuous day that saw a series of dramatic developments following the UK’s decision to quit the EU.. The First Minister said it was “highly likely” a second independence poll would be held and set out a two-year time-table as she reacted to an EU referendum result that forced an emotional David Cameron to resign as Prime Minister… Source: Nicola Sturgeon announces plans for second indyref – ... Read More »

Thoughts on the sociology of Brexit

The geography reflects the economic crisis of the 1970s, not the 2010sIt became clear early on in the night that Leave had extraordinary levels of support in the North East, taking 70% of the votes in Hartlepool and 61% in Sunderland. It subsequently emerged that Wales had voted for Leave… Source: Thoughts on the sociology of Brexit – Political Economy Research Centre Read More »

Venezuela: Edge of the Precipice

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Venezuela is in full-fledged crisis: food and medicine are scarce, violent crime is surging, and the government is blocking democratic ways forward. The international community and the Organization of American States should press for political dialogue, the opening of legal paths to a presidential recall referendum in 2016, and permission for humanitarian aid to enter the country… Source: Venezuela: Edge of the Precipice – International Crisis Group Read More »

Agreements on the End of the Conflict and the Referendum Bring Peace in Colombia Closer

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The signing in Havana today of agreements on the “end of the conflict” and the referendum mechanism for the Colombian population to approve the final peace deal provides the strongest assurance yet that the 52-year armed conflict between the government and the country’s largest guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), is finally coming to an end… Source: Agreements on the End of the Conflict and the Referendum Bring Peace in Colombia Closer – International Crisis Group Read More »

Comment: Australia should give permanent residents the vote

Millions of foreign-born legal permanent residents living in Australia can’t vote. Voting rights should extend to all community members because they are members of the community.. By Heath Pickering Millions of foreign-born legal permanent residents living in Australia can’t vote. This is despite living, working, paying taxes and using public services like schools and Medicare… Source: Comment: Australia should give permanent residents the vote | SBS News Read More »

Don’t Elect Dangerous Derryn Hinch: The Case For Treating Criminals Humanely

The Human Headline’s march towards a Victorian Senate seat should concern progressives everywhere, writes David Heslin. Of all the minor party candidates competing in this year’s federal election, none seem to have enjoyed quite as much good fortune as Derryn Hinch. Not only has his Justice Party received high preferences from both major… Source: Don’t Elect Dangerous Derryn Hinch: The Case For Treating Criminals Humanely – New Matilda Read More »

Is this the next UN Secretary General?

While the U.S. election steals the media spotlight, Stefan Labbé updates on another important leadership campaign — that for Secretary General of the United Nations.. This December, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will finish his second five-year term. So far, 11 candidates have come forward to replace him in what is often said to be the world’s most impossible job. For an organization that proselytizes transparency and good governance, the selection process for the next Secretary General (SG) is opening up ... Read More »

The Guardian view on Jo Cox: an attack on humanity, idealism and democracy

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Editorial: The MP murdered on the street embodied decency and a commitment to all that humanity has in common. What a contrast with her assailant and so much that is rotten in politics… Source: The Guardian view on Jo Cox: an attack on humanity, idealism and democracy | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Bernie Sanders stays in race, but hints at dropping out: ‘I intend to play a role in defeating Donald Trump’

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Sen. Bernie Sanders hinted that he may soon officially drop out of the Democratic presidential primary. In a video address to supporters on Thursday, Sanders said that he is prepared to help defeat presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. “The major political task that we face in the next five months is to make certain that Donald Trump is defeated and defeated badly,” Sanders said. “And I personally intend to begin my role in that process in a very short period of time.”… ... Read More »

What Does Davutoğlu’s Departure Mean for the AKParty and Turkey at Large?

“Unusual” is no longer a sufficient word to describe the nature of political developments in Turkey. The AKParty has changed its chairman along with a major reshuffle of the composition of the party’s main decision-making bodies. Moreover, the new party chairman, who automatically became the new premier, has put in place a new government with significant changes to the cabinet. All this has happened in a very short period of time and with very little fuss… Source: What Does Davutoğlu’s ... Read More »

Parakeelia, Privacy, And The Need For A Federal Anti-Corruption Body

Another day, another Liberal Party funding scandal. This is what happens when you leave politicians to regulate themselves, writes Ben Eltham. According to the Miriam Webster dictionary, parakelia is “a succulent herb (Calandrinia balonensis) that is an important livestock feed in drier parts of interior Australia.”. A succulent snack of a different nature is currently intriguing. More… Source: Parakeelia, Privacy, And The Need For A Federal Anti-Corruption Body – New Matilda Read More »

Fear and Loathing in the Levant: Turkey Changes its Syria Policy and Strategy

Turkey’s strategic position in northern Aleppo and the Manbij pocket has collapsed, forcing the Turkish government to recalibrate its Syria policy. This shift in Turkish policy began in June 2015, when Turkish officials began to speak openly about the need for a safe zone between the Euphrates River and the opposition held city of Azaz. This policy proposal differed from Turkey’s previous insistence on a comprehensive no-fly-zone over all of Syria, enforced with American, Turkish, and other allied aircraft. This ... Read More »