Democracy

Turkey coup attempt could destabilize ally in region reeling from terrorism

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Middle East experts say Turkish military’s apparent attempt to seize power on Friday has sent shockwaves through Nato and across the world Live updates: Tanks open fire near Turkish parliament building The attempted coup in Turkey threatens to dangerously destabilise a western ally in a region already reeling from war, terrorism and mass migration, according to experts and analysts in the region… Source: Turkey coup attempt could destabilize ally in region reeling from terrorism | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Why the U.K. could use a ‘bloody difficult woman’ like Theresa May

May is moderate, hard to predict, demands loyalty—and might be British PM until 2020.. Leah McLaren “A bloody difficult woman.” These were the words, spoken by veteran Tory MP Ken Clarke, that best sum up the steely image of Theresa May as she is sworn in this week as Britain’s second female prime minister… Source: Why the U.K. could use a ‘bloody difficult woman’ like Theresa May Read More »

The EU Looks Like the Dying Soviet Empire

Both are collapsing ideological entities.. The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union—for which the majority of the British people voted in a referendum—has become an international sensation. Experts are talking about Britain having a special relationship with Europe, a people’s revolt against the elite and the powerful influence of the migration crisis. Few, however, are taking note of how the breakup of the European Union is similar in many respects to the collapse of the Soviet Union. The EU, ... Read More »

Britain’s rebuke holds message for America

Since its unfortunate vote to leave the European Union, Britain has experienced a tragicomic round of backstabbing, foot-dragging and second-guessing. Europe, meanwhile has mostly behaved with admirable good sense. The Europeans seem to understand that the Brexit vote is a wake-up call about dissatisfaction with the E.U. that’s nearly as widespread on the continent as it is in Britain. Germany, in particular, recognizes that unless the E.U. can quickly show a readiness to reform and streamline… Source: Britain’s rebuke holds ... Read More »

UK’s Brexit vote makes united Ireland suddenly thinkable

Protestant unionists are queuing for Irish passports in Belfast and once quiet Catholic nationalists are openly campaigning for a united Ireland, signaling deep shifts in the United Kingdom’s most troubled province since Britain voted to leave the EU. Eighteen years after a peace deal ended decades of fighting between mainly Catholic nationalists who favor a united Ireland and mainly Protestant unionists who favor remaining part of the United Kingdom, Britain’s Brexit vote is making people on both sides of the ... Read More »

The Murdochian candidates

On the Brexit mess and the Trump campaign are the fingerprints of the man who would own the world by buying its media.. Chaos reigns, both in London and Gotham. In the shadows, the puppet-maker now works around the clock, enticed by events unfolding beyond even his great powers. Undaunted by what might have been an earth-shaking, career-defining scandal… Source: The Murdochian candidates – POLITICO Read More »

The people trying to save democracy from itself

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New experiments in democracy around the world are trying to take politics back to ordinary people.. These are difficult days for democracy. European nations struggle to elect governments on low turnouts. Populists wielding half-truths go from strength to strength. Facts are a devalued currency, personalities never more important… Source: The people trying to save democracy from itself | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Chechnya: The power of public humiliation

Honour, dignity and freedom have lost their significance under Kadyrov’s rule.. Last January I went to Chechnya. When I was in Moscow airport, I got a call: “Marta, I’m sorry, you can’t stay with me in Grozny like I promised. I’ve had to leave Chechnya urgently, my life was in danger.”… Source: Chechnya: The power of public humiliation – Al Jazeera English Read More »

The Guardian view on the Australian election: big ideas shrink in a small-target campaign

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Editorial: The 2016 campaign began with high hopes for bold and positive policies. Eight long weeks later, the major parties have let themselves down.. The 2016 Australian election campaign began with the hope that big ideas and bold positive policies might mean voters would be able to choose the party that inspired them the most rather than the one they despised the least…. Source: The Guardian view on the Australian election: big ideas shrink in a small-target campaign | Opinion ... Read More »

Italy, Netherlands offer to share UN council seat

Italy and the Netherlands agreed on June 28 to split their term on the UN Security Council after a tie in voting forced them to reach a compromise. In the vote for five non-permanent seats, Kazakstan was elected for the first time, joining Bolivia, Ethiopia and Sweden which won spots during the secret balloting at the 193-nation General Assembly… Source: Italy, Netherlands offer to share UN council seat – EUROPE Read More »

The 2016 U.S. Election: A Possible Repeat of the 1964 Election?

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I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.  Barry Goldwater (1909-1998) US Senator (R-Arizona) and 1964 Republican Presidential candidate, (in his Acceptance speech as the 1964 Republican Presidential candidate, in San Francisco, July 16, 1964) Sometimes, I think this country would be better off if we could just saw off the Eastern Seaboard and let it float out to sea.  ... Read More »

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 »