"The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority." Will Durant
The Carnegie International Student Essay Contest, 2018, "Is it important to live in a Democracy ?"
Comment: Seems to me the 5th Cyber Domain is taking over/fueling National/"fake news"/political paid propa…Continue
Added by Al LeBlanc on March 12, 2019 at 2:36pm — No Comments
"Our democracy is damaged. We all know it. Every measure of our people reveals their perilously low confidence in the potential of the presidency, Congress,and the courts to stem the damage to our democracy and repair it.
But we can do it. First we must recognize that while we do have foreign enemies and adversaries, the greatest threats to our way of life come from within our nation."…Continue
Added by Al LeBlanc on March 8, 2018 at 3:45pm — No Comments
"Applied to world affairs, democracy means that the aggregate of mankind shall be so organized as to create for each man the maximum opportunity of growth in accordance with the dictates of his own genius and aspiration. It does not prescribe how any group of men shall exist except that they shall contribute by self restraint and by cooperation to the lives of other men."
Added by Al LeBlanc on April 30, 2015 at 3:59pm — No Comments
David defeated Goliath in the recent Romanian presidential elections which centered on living standards, corruption, and the degree of Western orientation in a troubled region. The voting was a spectacular proof of solidarity between Romanians living abroad and the country’s urban electorate shaping political outcomes in their country. Harnessing this emerging identity might be an important key for the future prospects of the 20 million Romanians at home and the 4 million around the…Continue
Added by Teodor Stan on November 21, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
First round of Romanian Presidential Elections took place Sunday, November 2nd with 14 candidates vying for the votes of over 18.3 million electors formally residing in the country as well as a truly sizable yet unknown number of citizens living abroad.
The run-off round with the top two candidates will be held on November 16th seeing Current Prime Minister Victor-Viorel Ponta, who scored a comfortable lead, run against trailing opposition contender Klaus Werner…Continue
A cosmopolitan nationalist is a contradiction in terms. Yet I want to suggest that in some cases consistent cosmopolitans may be justified in supporting nationalist causes – in particular, voting ‘yes’ in independence referenda like the ones anticipated in Scotland and Catalonia in 2014.…Continue
The blog post of Clearlaughter on The Ethical Dilemma of Tibet: Is human rights globalized or localized reminds me and at the same time reaffirms the question the question we posed and attempted to answer in a recent yet to be published co-authored reviewed article – Deconstructing Legal Dominance in Human Rights Discourse: Setting the Agenda for Paradigm shift in Peace Business in the 21st Century. However, as argued by Camellia XiaochuXiang and Denise Tugade in their article…Continue
Added by Valentine Olushola Oyedipe on August 30, 2013 at 11:42am — No Comments
The U.S. military doesn’t exactly have a perfect record when it comes to promoting democracy. Too often national interests – security, oil – have been given primacy over democratic values and human rights. The legacy of the Bush administrations has severely tainted the phrase democracy promotion and lead to a justified suspicion about promoting democracy by military force. However, the idea that the U.S. military should play a leading role in promoting democracy is far from…Continue
Added by Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard on March 26, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
I thought I would share this optimistic blog post on the effect of the 'global people power revolution' in 2011 by Srdja Popovic - Executive director at Centre for Applied Nonviolent Actions and Strategies.
"Even as critics discuss and argue over the success or failure of these protests, I nevertheless see a paradigm shift. People have been awakened and are understanding power and obedience not in monolithic terms – where the head of state has top-down control that should…Continue
Added by Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard on March 25, 2013 at 4:30am — No Comments
Two years since the revolution began, the war is still raging in Syria. On February 12, though, a breakthrough came about when an airfield near Aleppo was captured by a rebel group. For the first time, rebels were able to seize usable warplanes. This not only signifies a triumph on their part, but also marks a change in their approach – as battles in cities have now shifted to attacks on military bases.
About a month ago, rebels in Syria had captured the Taftanaz airfield in northern…Continue
Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on March 10, 2013 at 1:30am — No Comments
This question is hard to answer. Because the news we receive about the situation in Afghanistan is thoroughly limited by the difficulties of portraying life outside the zones controlled by ISAF and the Afghan authorities. Western journalists’ ability to report on the situation on the ground in the areas where the fighting takes place is very limited, and when they do enter these areas their reporting is depended upon the ISAF forces which guarantee…Continue
Since February 2011 Bahrain has been the scene of ongoing protests. Protesters are calling for greater freedom and democracy, respect for human rights and the removal of the country’s self-imposed monarchy. So far the regime has responded with harsh crackdowns, imprisonments, and systematic torture. The regime proclaims that it is implementing reforms, but so far this has not happened. It even employs a number of western PR-companies to shape the international public opinion of the…Continue
Added by Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard on November 12, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments