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Podemos: an unusual process

Deliberation in Podemos[1] is public and open, it allows for varying degrees of involvement, within it are participating people from social movements and its structure is designed not only for militants but rather for popular participation. By Olga Rodríguez for Zona Crítica Podemos [we can] uses the first person plural, not the third person.  It’s not “they can”, it’s “we can” and this promotes good will f ...

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Occupy Democracy: keep protest away from Parliament, or else…

A number of arrests, amongst them Green politician Jenny Jones who is also the deputy chair of London assembly’s police and crime committee,  have followed an attempt to establish a 9 day open discussion about Democracy in Parliament Square, opposite the Houses of Parliament. The Occupy London website invites other protesters to attend by stating "WE DID NOT VOTE TO PRIVATISE THE NHS. WE DID NOT VOTE FOR FR ...

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Singapore: democracy from another angle

Lionel Mok was inspired to pen these words because of the Occupy Central protests and his awareness of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's speech, on Sunday, August 17, 2014, plus his experience there in Singapore, and his comments are highly topical under the conditions of protest now current in Hong Kong. “Singapore is the best run country I have ever been to. The apparent calm and harmony on the surface bel ...

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Occupy London opens discussions at Occupy Democracy

By Occupy London The Democracy Working Group of Occupy London is planning open meetings at Parliament Square, opposite the Parliament Building: "The governement’s imposition of austerity has no democratic mandate. Nobody voted for: NHS Privatisation Tripling of tuition fees Bedroom tax Benefit cuts for people with disabilities Imposition of a polluting fracking industry in our communities Secret trade deals ...

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BRICS Build New Architecture for Financial Democracy

By Mario Osava FORTALEZA, Brazil, Jul 16 2014 (IPS) - The BRICS alliance (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) launched the New Development Bank (NDB) and Contingency Reserve Arrangement (CRA) during its sixth summit, institutionalising a new financial architecture for the emerging powers. Two other agreements, one for Cooperation among Export Credit and Guarantees Agencies and another on Cooperat ...

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Almedalen: A Swedish Export the U.S. Could Use

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan VISBY, Sweden—Sixty miles off the coast of Sweden, in the Baltic Sea, sits the island of Gotland. Every summer, for one week, tens of thousands flock here to participate in a unique public event known as Almedalen (pronounced ALL-meh-DAH-len). The name comes from a park in Gotland’s main town of Visby, where, in 1968, Sweden’s education minister at the time, Olof Palme, st ...

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Multidisciplinary Mission on the Advocacy for the Ratification of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.

Africa News. ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, May 2, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Multidisciplinary mission on the advocacy for the ratification of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance began its activities this morning in Bujumbura, Burundi. This initiative involved the efforts of the Department of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission, in close collaboration with the ...

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The Fire Power of the Financial Lobby

A Survey of the Size of the Financial Lobby at the EU level Published by Corporate Europe Observatory(CEO), The Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour (Arbeiterkammer) and The Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB) - April 2014. "Despite this manifest presence of “the financial lobby”, until now there has been no comprehensive survey of its size and power in the EU. This report is intended to fill that void." "E ...

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NO Referendum in Crimea

A referendum is one of the tools of a democratic process and cannot be used under military occupation. Russia has used military forces to annex Crimea, which is currently part of Ukraine. The international community needs to take a very clear stance. It is one thing is to have a discussion about Crimea and its future, but it is quite another thing for Russia to bully Ukraine, which is already facing difficu ...

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Give and take in the EU-US trade deal? Sure. We give, the corporations take

"I have three challenges for the architects of a proposed transatlantic trade deal. If they reject them, they reject democracy By George Monbiot for The Guardian Nothing threatens democracy as much as corporate power. Nowhere do corporations operate with greater freedom than between nations, for here there is no competition. With the exception of the European parliament, there is no transnational democracy, ...

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