Democracy

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… »

08.04.2018

Letter of Solidarity with the defenders of communication democracy in Brazil

Letter of Solidarity with the defenders of communication democracy in Brazil

As communicators and citizens of diverse countries of the world, committed to the struggle for the right to communicate and to the current democratic communication standards, we are witnessing a situation of institutional overthrow that has just taken another step forward in Brazil, in the Brazilian courts’ rejection on 5… »

08.04.2018

Puigdemont: The denial of dialogue is not an option in democracy

Puigdemont: The denial of dialogue is not an option in democracy

Carles Puigdemont, former president of the Generalitat [Goverment] of Catalonia, has appeared this afternoon to the press in Berlin for the first time since his release. The overnight and apparently improvised press conference took place in Berlin-Kreuzberg, in a cultural space full of journalists and supporters.   Puigdemont gave a… »

17.03.2018

Teaching students how to dissent is part of democracy

Teaching students how to dissent is part of democracy

Teaching children how to dissent in response to a violent situation that they feel threatens their well-being is aligned with the purposes of democratic schooling. Indeed, a flourishing democracy depends on such an informed and active citizenry who will speak out when they find laws to be unjust.   by … »

24.12.2017

Tribulations in Catalonia: a wedding and several funerals

Tribulations in Catalonia: a wedding and several funerals

Diary of a poor mortal in Catalonia. Saturday, December 23, 2017. Once again we have returned to vote. How good democracy feels! Now all that is missing is that there are no politicians imprisoned or charged for being in favour of the right to decide, that the president elected by… »

23.12.2017

Study on Municipalism in Spain for RLS-NYC

Study on Municipalism in Spain for RLS-NYC

By Vicente Rubio-Pueyo, A few months ago, I had the honor of being commissioned by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung-NYC Office for writing a study on Municipalism in Spain for their publication series. It was released yesterday and it can be downloaded here in English and Spanish: http://www.rosalux-nyc.org/municipalism-in-spain/ This study… »

23.12.2017

The Right wins in Catalonia, but nationalists will form the government

The Right wins in Catalonia, but nationalists will form the government

Franco’s youth wing, Ciudadanos (Citizens), prevailed in the Catalan elections called after the Spanish government dissolved the autonomous government after its unilateral declaration of independence. With a very high turnout of almost 82% of the electorate, Citizens obtained 25.48% of the votes, equivalent to 37 seats. Since to form a… »

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