How not to turn democracy into a neoliberal fantasy
Ideas of citizen participation, of civil society involvement, of democratic innovation – in short, the quest for reclaiming democracy – has been irrevocably on the rise.Most recently, the European Council gave its blessing to getting citizens involved in a wide-ranging debate on the direction the European Union should be taking within the Conference on the Future of Europe, in a laudable attempt to democratize the European Union.Calls for deepening, radicalizing or rescuing democracy have proliferated in the decade following the financial meltdown of 2008. The European Left has been mobilizing...
Boris Johnson's plan to 'build back better' is an attack on democracy
This week Boris Johnson attracted ridicule for launching a ‘New Deal’ that contained precious little that was actually new.But among the bluff and bluster, one pledge stood out. The prime minister promised to undertake “the most radical reforms to our planning system since the Second World War”. This, we were told, will help us “build back better, build back greener, build back faster”.For most people, the planning system is an obscure black box. Unless you happen to be a councillor, a housing nerd, a property investor or an avid NIMBY, the chances are that you have never had to engage with it...
National Security Law to protect HK democracy, freedom: Global Times editorial
Hong Kong citizens on Tuesday gather to support the National Security Law for Hong Kong. Photo: cnsphotoThe Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) passed the National Security Law for Hong Kong on Tuesday. The law took effect at 11 pm on Tuesday. The full text of the law shows that the law's goal is in line with national security laws across the world. There is nothing in it that suppresses democracy and freedom in Hong Kong. The four categories of crimes the law strikes have nothing to do with freedom of speech, assembly and association. Claims that the law was enacted to ...
For democracy’s sake, mail in your ballot now | Jersey Journal editorial
From attending Zoom weddings to putting on a face mask as a matter of course when going out, we are indeed living in historic times.Now, add voting to the list of things changed because of the continued coronavirus threat.The New Jersey primary, where Democrats and Republicans will choose candidates for the November general election, was wisely moved from June 2 to July 7, which is now coming up fast. It is using a hybrid -- part-mail/part-in person -- system that will have all eyes on each county’s elections office to see if the prep work they’ve been doing will prove to have been enough.The ...
COVID-19 denied democracy 43 times in Quebec
COVID-19 denied democracy 43 times in Quebec. Elections rescheduled to fall 2020As of May 1, 2020, 43 by-elections were scheduled and could not be fully held due to the state of health emergency in Quebec. Not only has the COVID-19 pandemic changed our daily lives, it has delayed democracy.In the current context, in accordance with public health directives, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Andrée Laforest, responsible for the application of the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities, requested postponing any all by-elections until August 7, 2020.In the meantim...
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Literacy for democracy
Imagine a mother reading to her daughter just before she puts her to sleep, the child responding excitedly to every line as if the story were true. If only this were possible in every home, all children could learn to read and write, and maybe live a free, meaningful life.Collectively, perhaps we can appreciate the true essence of being free if every Filipino is able to understand the words and phrases that have come to define our democracy. When the framers of our Constitution decided on what qualifications a president should have, it was obvious that they wanted to give every Filipino a chan...
Philippines Daily Inquirer
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tells Northwestern graduates democracy will fail 'if we do not see the humanity in each other'
CHICAGO — Drawing on the ongoing coronavirus crisis and continued fallout over the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called on graduating Northwestern University students to engage in public service and remember that people are all connected to each other.In her speech Friday, Lightfoot acknowledged the “challenging times” posed by a global pandemic and the national conversation about police and racism stemming from Floyd’s death.But, she said, both momentous activities should be seen as a call to service.“The events of COVID-19 and the murder of George F...
Conflict between economy, politics and democracy in Brazil under Bolsonaro
Brazil’s fledgling democracy is in peril of failing. Meanwhile, its political economy, both at the federal and the local and regional levels, is mired in illegal conduct. In a modern democracy with a robust political economy, such as that found in Canada, politics and economics are fundamentally inseparable, mutually interdependent, not dichotomous, and political actions influence economic outcomes.Moreover, political economy is fundamentally interdisciplinary, drawing from economics, political science, law, history and other social sciences. Whereas, in Brazil, a colony of Portugal for over t...
Rahul Gandhi must resign as Prime Minister of India to save democracy
Swati Chaturvedi, Special to Gulf NewsRahul Gandhi needs to resign as the Prime Minister of India along with his entire incompetent place-holder Cabinet.Ever since he won his second term in 2019, Gandhi has been playing havoc with the democratic system, appointing hardline “liberals” to all important jobs, refusing to be held accountable by the free press and attacking every institution that makes up the world’s largest democracy.Gandhi has refused to learn any lessons. As the public health emergency triggered by coronavirus spreads out of control across the country, Gandhi has had the gall to...
Facebook says to block foreign state media ads for US election
San Francisco (AFP) - Facebook says it will block ads from foreign state media during the US election, as well as allowing users to hide all paid-for political messages. The move comes with the social media giant under growing pressure over its hands-off approach to misinformation and inflammatory posts -- including from Donald Trump -- and following criticism it turned a blind eye to foreign interference in the 2016 presidential poll.Facebook's head of global affairs acknowledged the company fell short during the contentious poll in which it has acknowledged Russia-backed content reached as m...