Democracy

02.08.2018

A Threat to Global Democracy:

A Threat to Global Democracy:

How Facebook & Surveillance Capitalism Empower Authoritarianism “Black Elevation.” “Mindful Being.” “Resisters.” “Aztlan Warriors.” Those are the names of some of the accounts removed from Facebook and Instagram Tuesday after Facebook uncovered a plot to covertly influence the midterm elections. The tech giant said 32 fake accounts and Facebook pages… »

25.07.2018

Strategy and Conscience: Subverting Elite Power So We End Human Violence

Strategy and Conscience: Subverting Elite Power So We End Human Violence

Given the overwhelming evidence that activist efforts are failing to halt the accelerating rush to extinction precipitated and maintained by dysfunctional human behavior, it is worth reflecting on why this is happening. Of course, you might say that the rush to extinction is being slowed. But is… »

19.07.2018

Free markets and the decline of democracy

Free markets and the decline of democracy

By JOHN WEEKS 18 July 2018 for openDemocracy What is the source of the 21st century tendency to authoritarianism? The central purpose of neoliberal re-regulation is to remove economic policy from control by representative democracy. It is difficult to find a major country in which… »

13.06.2018

Donald Trump was right. The rest of the G7 were wrong

Donald Trump was right. The rest of the G7 were wrong

He gets almost everything wrong. But last weekend Donald Trump got something right. To the horror of the other leaders of the rich world, he defended democracy against its detractors. Perhaps predictably, he has been universally condemned for it. His crime was to insist that the… »

11.06.2018

Upholding Press Freedom: The Struggle Continues

Upholding Press Freedom: The Struggle Continues

Maria Ressa, Rappler Executive Editor, and CEO of Philippine online news agency Rappler, was awarded the Golden Pen of Freedom Award by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) in Portugal last June 7. A global network of news publishers whose mission is “to protect the rights of… »

02.06.2018

Corruption ends Rajoy’s term and puts socialist Pedro Sánchez as president

Corruption ends Rajoy’s term and puts socialist Pedro Sánchez as president

With 180 votes in favour and 169 against, the Spanish Parliament has kicked Mariano Rajoy out of the Moncloa [Parliament] and elected the socialist Pedro Sánchez. Sánchez becomes president of the government after a no confidence motion, an intelligent and timely action. The election of the… »

03.05.2018

Malalai Joya: I have to spread the truth about Afghanistan and awaken the consciousness of people

Malalai Joya: I have to spread the truth about Afghanistan and awaken the consciousness of people

Malalai Joya is an Afghan politician, activist and writer. As an elected Member of Parliament, on December 17, 2003 in the Loya Jirga assembly, she denounced the presence of people she called “warlords and war criminals” in Parliament. Since then she has suffered attacks and death threats, so much that… »

16.04.2018

Final Declaration of the #CumbreDeLosPueblos [Summit of the Peoples] in Lima, Peru

Final Declaration of the #CumbreDeLosPueblos [Summit of the Peoples] in Lima, Peru

Representatives of social and popular organizations of Peru, Latin America and the Caribbean, we have met in Lima / Peru from April 10 to 14, 2018 to discuss the political, social and economic reality of our America, to share our struggles and resistances, to strengthen the militant solidarity of our… »

15.04.2018

Facebook Unfriends Democracy

Facebook Unfriends Democracy

The for-profit social media giant Facebook harvests vast amounts of data from each of its 2 billion users across the globe. This data trove gives Facebook unparalleled commercial power and, as is becoming increasingly clear, the ability to influence significant events, including national elections. Revelations about Facebook’s role in the… »

12.04.2018

Will Democracy Survive? How? Whether? Hard Questions in Dark Times

Will Democracy Survive? How? Whether? Hard Questions in Dark Times

By Richard Falk, As demagogic leaders with popular approval or at least acquiescence dominate the political process of several important ‘democratic’ states questions need to be asked about the core or indispensable content of democracy. Other states seek the imprimatur of ‘democracy’ but limit drastically the choices open to the citizenry… »

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