IFJ Calls on United States to Withdraw "Perverse" Bar on Colombian Journalist
International Federation of Journalists
International Federation of Journalists calls on the United States to lift a travel ban on a leading Colombian journalist who has risked his life to expose terrorism, warning of a "grave injustice" th...
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All Rights Reserved: Now We Know the Final TTP is Everything We Feared
The release by Wikileaks of what is believed to be the current and essentially final version of the intellectual property (IP) chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) confirms our worst fears a...
America Likes Democracy, Except In Venezuela
Chavez in the Crosshairs
Venezuelans can be sure that their vote counts. The government in Venezuela has done everything to increase voter registration and participation.
Brexit and the new hostility to participatory democracy
The reaction to Brexit illustrates the desperate need for the Left to return to first principles. For, as the result broke on social media, a remarkable number of progressives directed their anger not...
Canada's Distorted Electoral System
Connexions Information Sharing Services / Ulli Diemer
Canada's electoral system is undemocratic
Article about the group decision making process known as consensus decision-making.
Democracy was never intended for degenerates
This is not a left vs right debate -- today, as a century ago, the anti-democratic impulse comes from both left and right, from both reactionaries and self-defined progressives.
Destroying the Commons
How the Magna Carta Became a Minor Carta
Our rights and liberties are under ever-increasing attack.
Stifling Debate and Dissent in Canada
An extensive dossier of the Harper government's attacks on democracy, debate, and dissent.
Extremism goes mainstream
Across Europe far-right parties are gaining power by forming coalitions while liberals have failed to find a coherent response
Right wing extremist parties that attempt to stir up racial and ethnic prejudices have been gaining support during the recession in Europe. In Denmark, the Netherlands and Italy liberals already form ...
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Fascism is a radical and authoritarian nationalist political ideology. Fascists seek to organize a nation according to corporatist perspectives, values, and systems, including the political system and...
Fascism and ideology
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Fascism and ideology is the subject of numerous debates. The position of fascism on the political spectrum is a point of contention. Various scholars have sought to define fascism, and the consensus i...
A freedom that we can't afford
Rightwing thinktanks profess a love of freedom, but their refusal to reveal who funds them is deeply undemocratic
Freemarket thinktanks vastly outnumber those arguing for public spending. The author suggests that these thinktanks allow corporations to exert influence on public life without showing their hand, he ...
Greece again Can Save the West
Roberts, Paul Craig
The 'Greek crisis' is not about debt. Debt is the propaganda that the Empire is using to subdue sovereignty throughout the Western world.
Harper, Serial Abuser of Power: The Evidence Compiled
The Tyee's full, updated list of 70 Harper government assaults on democracy and the law.
Beers, David; and Tyee Staff and Contributors
Stephen Harper and his Conservatives have racked up dozens of serious abuses of power since forming government in 2006. From scams to smears, monkey-wrenching opponents to intimidating public servants...
Israel's education system peddles intolerance and lies
John Kerry spent last week testing the waters with the Israelis and the Palestinians over his so-called framework agreement – designed to close the gaps between the two sides. But the issues he is try...
On Translating Securityspeak into English
In the Land of False Cognates
The Security State has its own language: Securityspeak. Like Newspeak, the ideologically refashioned successor to English in Orwell’s “1984,” Securityspeak is designed to obscure meaning and conceal t...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - October 8, 2015
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Richwood, Darien Yawching (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Elections are the topic of the week, with items related to the October 19 Canadian federal election, and also to broader issues of parliamentary democracy, voting and whether voting can bring about ch...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - July 2, 2016
Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, and Contempt for Democracy
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Brexit, the British vote to leave the European Union, has thrown the political elites into turmoil and confusion. The referendum was supposed to be a safe political manoeuvre, a way to produce an appe...
Poisoning the Democratic Well
Opponents of so-called free trade deals have always struggled with the question of why these international treaties don't generate more alarm and vocal opposition from Canadians. These treaties, after...
Puerto Rico: a Junta By Any Other Name
Cruz Díaz, Miguel A.
Empire is once again fashionable. The financial crisis that is presently gutting the island of Puerto Rico plays out like the world's worst case of botched assisted suicide. The sell of its municipal ...
The Reaction to Brexit Is the Reason Brexit Happened
If you believe there's such a thing as "too much democracy," you probably don't believe in democracy at all
"This isn't democracy; it is Russian roulette for republics," Kenneth Rogoff recently wrote in the 'Boston Globe,' of last week's Brexit vote.
The Secret Secret
Of Wikileaks and Literacy
Only those with proper clearances can participate in discussions that affect significant aspects of our lives. Certain technological achievements, our collective ethical decisions (torture, secret pri...
A Short History of Black Voter Suppression
The Right's organized movement to suppress the votes of African Americans and Latin Americans, and the urban and rural poor by means of the passing of voter ID (Poll Tax) laws in states receives no me...
Some Pundits Think the Solution to Right-Wing Populism Is Less Democracy
Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting
The core orthodoxies of neoliberalism are under attack by populist forces, and commentators are scrambling for a response. Some are suggesting more left-wing red meat. Others, a moment of self-reflect...
The Two Souls of Socialism
Socialism from Above vs. Socialism from Below
It was Marx who finally brought the two ideas of socialism and democracy together, because he developed a theory which made the synthesis possible for the first time. The heart of the theory is this p...
We must win back democracy, even if it takes Hedges' revolution
While the banks, elites, and the super-rich have been scrambling to try to hold onto their billions following the UK's shocking vote to exit from the European Union, the anger expressed by the leave s...
What is Stephen Harper doing to Canada? How can we stop him?
The Harper regime has had a toxic effect on Canada. The wealthy are better off, but most Canadians are worse off, and rights and freedoms, democracy, access to information, and science have suffered. ...
'Worse Than We Thought': TPP A Total Corporate Power Grab Nightmare
On issues ranging from climate change to food safety, from open Internet to access to medicines, the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) is a disaster.
The American Deep State
Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Attack on U.S. Democracy
Dale Scott, Peter
Scott makes a compelling case for a hidden "deep state," a second order of government behind the public or constitutional state, that influences and often opposes official U.S. policies.
The History of Democracy
A Marxist Interpretation
Roper, Brian S.
Roper traces the history of democracy from ancient Athens to the emergence of liberal representative and socialist participatory democracy. He argues that democracy cannot be understood separately fro...
Taking the Risk Out of Democracy
Corporate Propaganda versus Freedom and Liberty
The twentieth-century history of corporate propaganda practiced by U.S. businesses and the ways in which such corporate propaganda was exported to, and adopted by, other western democracies especially...
Who Will Tell The People
The Betrayal Of American Democracy
An exploration of the undermining of U.S. democracy, starting with the basic issues of who gets heard, who gets ignored, and why.
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