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Thursday, May 24, 2018
Democratic, healthy, resistance

How Healthy Are We The People?

When Congress returned home, Republicans got clobbered at town hall meetings. These scenes made me check up on our democracy’s wellness. Bad news: The body politic’s muscles got flabby in the last 16-17 years. Blood pressure up, and too many Cheetos, not enough kale.

February 25, 2017

A Professor’s Lesson: ‘American Democracy Is Now Confronting An Abyss’

In a sobering interview, Yale history professor Tim Snyder recently suggested that American democracy has less than a year to live. Is it really possible that the Madisonian republic, founded in 1789 and renewed in 1865, is about to die? Yes, says Michael J. Glennon, professor of international law at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University.

February 20, 2017
Trump, Authoritarian, Democracy

Is Time Running Out On Our Democracy?

Timothy Snyder, a Yale scholar and an authority on European political history, has spent decades studying the rise of fascist movements. With the ascension of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, Snyder sees echoes from history, and warns that the time to save America from autocracy is in short supply.

February 14, 2017
Trump, Democratic

What’s Driving Trump’s Derangement Of Democratic Discourse?

When Trump commingles racist nationalism with what sounds like socialism by promising a wall to keep out Mexican rapists, a cornucopia of jobs, and full healthcare for Americans, we might recall that “Nazi” was an acronym for National Socialism.

February 6, 2017
Obama, Farewell Speech, GOP

Obama Lays Out His Vision For Stopping Trump And The GOP

On the surface, President Barack Obama’s farewell address recounted his achievements, values, and still-hopeful vision for America—much like the best speeches. But not far below was a clear template telling his supporters how and where to defend against threats by Trump and the GOP to the America they believe in.

January 11, 2017

Trump’s ‘Rigged Election’ Remarks Are ‘A Gift To Dictators,’ Say Africans

“Donald Trump is a gift to all tin-pot dictators on the African continent. He is giving currency and legitimacy to rigging because if it can exist in America, it can exist anywhere,” said an opposition leader in Zimbabwe.

October 21, 2016
Donald Trump listens as Hillary Clinton speaks.

American Democracy Meant To Be Messy, Not Ugly

Donald Trump is the most unconventional candidate to come along in 200 years. We must know by now that Trump means what he says. It’s not over until he says so. So get ready for an Election Day that breaks all the records. It’s bound to be ugly, not messy.

October 21, 2016
Virginia voters line up early to cast their ballots in Super Tuesday elections at the Wilson School in Arlington, Virginia March 1, 2016.

How Do You Make Change Happen? Show Up

What should we do!?! How do we make Washington govern for all the people? What specific things can my group or I do now? Thanks for asking.

April 13, 2016
China's President Xi Jinping and China's Premier Li Keqiang arrive at the opening session of the National People's Congress in Beijing

Chinese State Newspaper Takes Trump To Task

“Mussolini and Hitler came to power through elections, a heavy lesson for Western democracy,” said the Chinese state-owned Global Times.

March 14, 2016
Osama din Laden, National News, Books, Terrorism, 9/11 Commission Report, Democracy, Pentagon, World Trade Center, September 11

Osama Bin Laden’s Bookshelf Revealed: What You Can Learn From His Reading List

The texts on bin Laden’s bookshelf reveal the terrorist’s fanaticism with American democracy and politics.

June 2, 2015

Is Democracy Unraveling?

There is a decline of trust in traditional political parties but also a rise in partisanship. Is this what democracy unraveling looks like?

April 27, 2015

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe To Head African Union, Despite Rights Record

Mugabe’s election is a step back for human rights in Africa.

January 30, 2015
The Central Intelligence Agency logo is displayed in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008 (AFP/Saul Loeb)

Torture Is Not Only Morally Corrupting, But Ineffective As Well

The CIA torture report reveals a genuine threat to democracy itself.

December 13, 2014

Obama Backs Suu Kyi Bid To Change Constitution

Find out what President Obama had to say in Yangon.

November 14, 2014

‘Yellow Umbrella’ App Lets You Play Hong Kong Democracy Protester

Hong Kong protesters now have an app to represent their fight for democracy.

October 27, 2014

Weekend Reader: ‘Blackballed: The Black Vote And U.S. Democracy’

Why actions taken by Republican legislatures and conservative courts to keep minorities away from the voting booth will only backfire.

October 25, 2014

Hong Kong Officials, Democracy Protesters Hold First Talks

Hong Kong– Hong Kong authorities and pro-democracy protesters Tuesday held their first talks aimed at ending weeks of rallies that have paralyzed parts of the city, after its leader ruled out major reforms. Chief executive Leung Chun-ying, in an interview late Monday, said open elections for his successor as demanded by demonstrators would result in […]

October 21, 2014

Beijing Cracks Down On Hong Kong

Who wants to vote, anyway?

October 16, 2014

Hong Kong Democracy Protesters Digging In For Long Haul

Get the latest on the situation in Hong Kong.

October 10, 2014

May A Million Umbrellas Bloom

The protests in Hong Kong are good news for democracy.

October 1, 2014

Hong Kong Protesters Reject City Leader’s Call To End Rallies

Get the latest on the volatile situation in Hong Kong.

September 30, 2014

Hong Kong Protesters Defiant After Tear Gas Chaos

Thousands of people in Hong Kong are protesting the decision of Beijing to allow only vetted candidates to run for election.

September 29, 2014

For The Love Of Scotland

The referendum on independence will be decided by voters whose hearts say yes but whose heads say no.

September 17, 2014

Thai Military Coup Leader Bestowed Role Of Civilian Prime Minister

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times The general who led a military coup in Thailand three months ago took on the civilian mantle of prime minister Thursday when the legislators he appointed nominated him as sole candidate and voted overwhelmingly to make him government chief. Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha had said after the May 22 […]

August 22, 2014

Kerry Presses Asia On Democracy, Human Rights

Honolulu (AFP) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged China and other Asian countries to bolster democracy and human rights in a region at the top of America’s agenda. “The United States is an Asian-Pacific nation, and we take our enduring interests there very seriously,” Kerry said at the East-West Center in Honolulu, on […]

August 14, 2014