Post Tagged with: "democracy"

Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe: Exploring Future Prospects

Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe: Exploring Future Prospects

Zimbabweans may still find solace in the fact that their liberation from Mugabe may be over the horizon. The panacea to Zimbabwe’s political woes will be to overhaul of their system of strong central governance that has nurtured a dictatorship for over three decades.

The Democratic Contradictions of Multiculturalism

The Democratic Contradictions of Multiculturalism

Some theories of multiculturalism sell out democratic principles. ‘Culture’ has been turned into a political ideology that overrules democratic principles and human rights.

Will Senegal’s 2012 Presidential Election End in Violence?

Will Senegal’s 2012 Presidential Election End in Violence?

Those who study Senegal have long thought it could never be the site of significant political violence. Over the past twelve years, however, Senegalese politics has changed.

The Hungarian Crisis

The Hungarian Crisis

Twenty years after the transition from a Communist regime, 8 years after the joining the EU, Hungary is in a constitutional crisis.

21st Century Threats: Non State Actors, Participatory Democracy and Social Rights

21st Century Threats: Non State Actors, Participatory Democracy and Social Rights

The Americas are menaced by the emergence of a reactionary bloc of states & the rise of non-state actors that threaten to plunge the region into chaos.

Tea with Madam Secretary, Part I

My most recent interview was with Madeleine Albright, the US foreign policy practitioner and policy-maker, the women’s rights implementer in foreign policy during her time as a US Ambassador to the UN and as Secretary of State, the daughter of a Czechoslovak dissident who was a recipient of US support during WWII and the Cold War, and finally as the academic examining foreign policy.

The Hidden Media Powers That Undermine Democracy

The Hidden Media Powers That Undermine Democracy

We could say that all popularly elected governments are today proactively engaged in clever, cunning struggles to kidnap their clients and citizens mentally through the manipulation of appearances, with the help of accredited journalists and other public relations curators. The age of organised political contrivance is upon us. How and why has this happened?

Building a democratic state for the new Libya: A task list

Building a democratic state for the new Libya: A task list

Building democratic states is a complex and challenging task at the best of times. After violent conflict this task is additionally complicated by the fact that peace needs to be secured, institutions need to be comprehensively reformed, if not built from scratch, civil society and political culture need to be reinvigorated, and economies need to be put back on a path to sustainable growth.

No ideal democracy for Burma

No ideal democracy for Burma

The recent establishment of parliaments in Burma, following the passing of a new constitution in 2008 and elections that were held late last year, mark a change in the approach taken by the country’s military rulers – despite being conducted under dubious conditions.

Reflections on recent elections in Africa

Reflections on recent elections in Africa

Winner-takes-all multiparty democracy is not appropriate for Africa’s nation-states. Much of Africa today is under the control of “Vampire states”. It has become a pattern: a sitting president reluctantly holds an election; deludes himself into thinking he will win; no one would dare tell him he might lose.

The Egyptian People Demand the Fall of the Regime

The Egyptian People Demand the Fall of the Regime

The “Tunisian wind”, stirred by the popular uprising that swept President Ben Ali of Tunisia from power on 15 January 2011, is inspiring the Arab world from Bahrain to Morocco. Ordinary people in their hundreds of thousands have joined activists in street protests. They seek bread, housing, livelihoods, dignity, freedom and justice.

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