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Our “Game of Thrones” fantasy: Democracy is almost nonexistent in Westeros—and we like it that way

Salon - ‎8 hours ago‎
We cherish our democracy, but this fundamental right is defined by its almost total absence in literary high fantasy, which has achieved its apotheosis in “Game of Thrones.

How to Save the Media (and Democracy)

PopMatters - ‎22 minutes ago‎
The media is in crisis and so, by extension, is our democratic society. The observation is not a new one. Newspapers and traditional media outlets are shutting down right and left; those which are left are shrinking in size and scale.

'Democracy starts with awareness' - ‎1 hour ago‎
Through this extraordinary transnational means of participatory democracy, every single inhabitant of the EU has the concrete chance to collaborate with the institutions.

Kenya: Democracy On Trial? - ‎14 hours ago‎
In this episode of Head to Head, Mehdi Hasan challenges former Prime Minister Raila Odinga on the state of Kenya's "tribal" democracy, political violence, impunity and corruption, and the rise of al-Shabab. Raila Odinga is a legendary opposition figure ...

RMA reforms 'threaten' local democracy - ‎2 hours ago‎
Proposed changes to the Resource Management Act could threaten local democracy and put a significant financial burden on local government, the Christchurch City Council warns.
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The role of global solidarity in the fight for democracy in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Free Press - ‎2 hours ago‎
As an American writer and human rights activist based in Asia, I have observed and written about the democracy movement in Hong Kong for the past several years.

Democracy activists visit Pillar of Shame to commemorate June 4 incident

South China Morning Post - ‎56 minutes ago‎
About a dozen democracy activists paid tribute to the victims of the bloody crackdown at Tiananmen Square 27 years ago by visiting the Pillar of Shame at the University of Hong Kong.
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Democracy be damned

The Express Tribune - ‎13 hours ago‎
Within days of the Panama leaks scandal, our prime minister came on air and told the nation that he had instructed the Election Commission of Pakistan to put back the details of assets of our parliamentarians which had earlier disappeared from the ...

Letters: The EU referendum isn't about economics - it's about democracy

The Independent - ‎17 hours ago‎
Democracy accepts that no one is an island, but that none of us can have two masters, such as the UK AND the EU. All else is smoke and mirrors designed to suppress national sovereignty and democracy. The EU commissioners are in the same political ...

Diminishing faith in democracy

Gulf Times - ‎12 hours ago‎
“We will be empowering those who argue that democracy can't work, that intolerance and tribalism and organising ourselves along ethnic lines, and authoritarianism and restrictions on the press - that those are things that the challenges of today demand.

Westneat: Boaty McBoatface an apt parable for democracy

The Columbian - ‎19 hours ago‎
We've been having a debate about whether our democracy is really democratic at all, with me taking the stance that it's too controlled by party elites and needs an infusion of people power.

Reward-and-punish mentality unworthy of democracy

NonDoc - ‎1 hour ago‎
Last week, I wrote about a discouraging study led by Raj Chetty about the association between income and life expectancy in America.

Democracy In Nigeria: A Case For Citizens' Participation

Leadership Newspapers - ‎14 hours ago‎
The dishonorable happenings in the 8th National Assembly have resolutely convinced politically-engaged Nigerians that a critical mass of politicians in the upper and lower chambers of our law making ivory tower are not there for representative ...
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What Democracy Really Means, According To One Of Its Most Outspoken Champions

Huffington Post - ‎Apr 30, 2016‎
After leaving public office, he founded the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025. The goal of the pan-European initiative is to democratize the European Union institutions that enabled the financial blackmail against Greece last summer.
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Wealthy donors, corrupt politicians threaten our democracy

Kansas City Star - ‎14 hours ago‎
Last Wednesday appeared to be a good day for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, as U.S. Supreme Court justices skeptically questioned government lawyers about McDonnell's conviction on corruption charges.

Gordon Robinson: Real democracy

Jamaica Gleaner - ‎Apr 30, 2016‎
Prime Minister Andrew Holness gives a listening ear to Michael Lee-Chin, chairman of the Economic Growth Council, at the Jamaica House launch last Wednesday.
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Father Daniel Berrigan, Anti-War Activist & Poet, Dies at 94

Democracy Now! - ‎Apr 30, 2016‎
The legendary anti-war priest Father Daniel Berrigan died today at 94. He was a poet, pacifist, educator, social activist, playwright and lifelong resister to what he called "American military imperialism.
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UK democracy needs Lib Dem recovery - Tim Farron

BBC News - ‎Apr 29, 2016‎
Tim Farron has said it is "in the interests of British democracy" that the Lib Dems recover in next week's UK-wide elections.

In the name of democracy

Daily Times - ‎Apr 30, 2016‎
When the prime minister is unwell, democracy is in danger of being derailed. Curing an illness has many remedies. In the middle of a grave personal and political crisis that has apparently impacted the prime minister's health to the extent that he had ...