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Topics of Interest

  |   Articles & Essays JK, Democracy in the 21st Century, News, Notes on Democracy, War, Violence, Fear   |   No comment

Concentration Camps and Democracy

Manus Island camp Refugee Action Coalition The following commentary on the Abbott government’s policy of forcibly preventing people from seeking asylum within Australia has aroused considerable controversy. Several thousand public and private comments, from a wide variety of sources, have so far...

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29 April 2014
  |   Articles in the Press, China, Democracy in the 21st Century, Notes on Democracy   |   No comment

Party Insider Offers Rare Insight into What China’s Reforms Mean

Xi Jinping’s ‘China Dream’ is couched in the opaque language of the Communist Party, leaving China watchers guessing at exactly what it all means. EPA/Diego Azubel   “If you want to know the future of the world,” Yu Keping says, pouring green tea into...

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10 April 2014
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Edward Snowden and the Right of Public Refuge

Public rally in support of Edward Snowden, Garden Road, Hong Kong, June 2013 flickr/See-ming Lee Along with contributions by Ulrich Beck, Julia Kristeva and others, the following short statement was published in Politiken, the largest-circulation daily newspaper in Denmark: With a political noose...

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10 March 2014
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At knife’s edge: elections and democracy in Thailand

The future shape of Thailand is up for grabs, and if democracy survives, it won't resemble the 'Washminster' system that the West is used to, writes John Keane. [caption id="attachment_7792" align="alignnone" width="700"] Anti-government protesters march in Bangkok on January 17, 2014....

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21 January 2014