Category: democracy

Islamophobia prompts Muslims to make a choice out in US democracy: represent 0

Islamophobia prompts Muslims to make a choice out in US democracy: represent

Washington, DC – American Muslims reported a higher number of incidents of discrimination this past year than any other religious group, but growing Islamophobia has pushed them to become more politically engaged, according to Muslim leaders, pollsters and activists. The third annual poll published this week by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU),…

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Theresa May well thinks Egypt is on the direction of democracy

British Prime Minister Theresa May has raised more than a few eyebrows with her message of congratulations to Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi after his victory in the country’s controversial presidential election last month. May sent a statement praising the Egyptian leader on Wednesday, in which she said the UK was looking forward to developing better…

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Khashoggi: Saudi Arabia can never be a democracy ‘on MBS survey’

A prominent Saudi journalist and former royal family adviser has criticised the government’s crackdown on Saudi intellectuals and journalists, lamenting that the kingdom will never become democratic under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Speaking to Al Jazeera in the programme UpFront, Jamal Khashoggi – currently self-exiled in the US – said that there was no…

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Tabarnia: A no longer-so-humorous joke on Catalan democracy

The December 21 election in Catalonia produced some striking results and accentuated the deepening polarisation in the region. In the middle of what the pro-independence camp called a “Spanish occupation”, with the region’s autonomy practically repealed, the Catalan President Carles Puigdemont forced into self-exile in Belgium and some Catalan legislators sent to prison, those who…

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Freedom Home: Tunisia’s democracy downgraded

A new report released by the international watchdog organisation Freedom House has raised concerns about Tunisia’s democratic backslide. Data analysed by the NGO from 195 countries over the past year showed that Tunisia was still the only free country in the Arab world, but the North African state saw its political rights rating decreased from…

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2017: The twelve months that shook Hong Kong’s democracy

Hong Kong – Catastrophic, dire, devastating. Just some of the words democracy supporters used to describe this year in a poll on Hong Kong’s struggle to safeguard its autonomy. James Andrew Rice, human rights advocate and philosophy professor at Lingnan University, encouraged his students when they took part in 2014 Occupy, or Umbrella, Movement that defined…

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Erdogan: Mr Trump Turkey’s democracy is no longer for sale

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the world community to teach the United States “a good lesson” in an upcoming UN General Assembly vote on Washington’s controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Erdogan’s comments come after the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, warned on Wednesday that she…

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Pakistan’s take care of protesters a ‘blow’ to democracy

The resignation of Pakistan’s federal law minister and signing of an agreement to end a weeks-long sit-in outside the capital Islamabad has been termed a “surrender” and a “dangerous trend for democracy and the state”. Thousands of supporters of a religious party launched a sit-in outside Islamabad earlier this month, demanding the resignation of minister…

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Emmerson Mnangagwa: Zimbabwe witnessing new democracy

Zimbabwe is entering a new era of democracy, incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa has said in his first public remarks since his return to the country. The 75-year-old, whose sacking as vice president earlier in November triggered a military takeover, flew back to Zimbabwe on Wednesday, a day after longtime President Robert Mugabe stepped down. Mnangagwa fled to…