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Tiananmen Square Crackdown Remembered in HK March

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 22:11

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Hundreds of protesters in Hong Kong took to the streets to demand better human rights in China | Democracy, elections and voting at Democracy Chronicles

Hundreds of protesters in Hong Kong took to the streets on Sunday (May 28) to demand better human rights in China ahead of the 28th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown in Beijing. Organisers and protesters say Beijing should admit and be responsible for what happened June 4th 1989, when tanks rolled into Beijing’s Tiananmen Square…

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Partisan Voter Fraud Claims Reflect Perceived Deep Corruption

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 13:09

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Americans, including Democrats, think voter fraud is a real problem and don’t mind voter ID laws | Democracy, elections and voting at Democracy Chronicles

Most Americans, including Democrats, think voter fraud is a real problem and don’t mind voter ID laws as a solution, according to academic research that suggests Republicans are winning the argument over voting rights and suppression. A study published in the Social Science Quarterly this month said that while the two parties’ leaders have widely divergent…

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Ugandan Government Torture From Colonial-Era to Today

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 13:03

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The one thing Ugandan governments have in common is reliance on primitive torture of suspects

Governments and times change in Uganda, but the one thing all of them have had in common is the appalling reliance on primitive torture of suspects. You can trace this in varying forms from British colonial rule to the NRM regime today. Why is this so?First, to the distressing case of Kamwenge Town Council and area…

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Spat Highlights Black Women Voters’ Importance to Democrats

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 12:55

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An important voting block begins to feel more left out of party during era of outreach to Trump voters

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Sunday refused to participate in an MSNBC panel to discuss the importance of black women voters. In an open letter to the DNC Chairman Tom Perez last week, a group of Democratic black women noted that “Black women voters are the very foundation to a winning coalition, yet most Black…

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Liquor Lobby Targets New Utah Blood Alcohol Level Standard

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 12:47

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The American Beverage Institute launched a full-page ad in Nevada’s largest newspaper last week

As the summer tourism season kicked off this Memorial Day weekend, Utah found itself under attack — with no immediate reprieve in sight. The American Beverage Institute launched a full-page ad in Nevada’s largest newspaper last week depicting a woman’s mug shot with the words, “Utah: Come for vacation, leave on probation,” printed in bold lettering…

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Prominent Egyptian Rights Lawyer on Trial Without a Charge

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 12:39

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Khalid Ali has not been informed of the charges against him nor confronted with any evidence | Democracy, elections and voting at Democracy Chronicles

Cairo (dpa) – An Egyptian court on Monday held the first hearing into a claim filed against former presidential candidate and prominent human rights lawyer Khalid Ali, who said he might run for next year’s presidential election. Ali has not been informed of the charges against him nor confronted with any evidence, his lawyer Malek Adli…

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Golden Visas: Buying US Citizenship and Also a Vote

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 12:31

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Buying a fast-track to U.S. citizenship? Welcome to the EB-5 program, the $500K ‘golden visa,’ explained

JERSEY CITY–It may seem odd, but imagine if some guy in China looking for a quick path to U.S. citizenship could plunk down a half-million-dollar investment on a luxury apartment development in Jersey City, and get to the front of the line for a coveted green card. Welcome to the EB-5 program It’s called a “golden…

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Two Journalists From Dissident Turkish Newspaper Arrested

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 17:24

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Two journalists from mass circulation nationalist-secular Sozcu newspaper were formally arrested | Democracy, elections and voting at Democracy Chronicles

Istanbul (dpa) – Two journalists from the mass circulation Sozcu newspaper, a nationalist-secular outlet often critical of the government, were formally arrested by a Turkish judge Saturday after a week in detention, the Dogan news agency reported. Online editor Mediha Olgun and correspondent Bekir Gokmen Ulu are accused of having links to the organization of Fethullah…

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Environmentalists Push Easing of Thai Protest Restrictions

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 17:20

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Thai activists are calling for the government to withdraw orders that place severe curbs on protests

Thai environmental activists are calling for the military government to withdraw orders that currently place severe curbs on protests against industrial and development programs. Since taking power in May 2014, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has looked to tough legislation, including articles in the interim charter able to override all other laws and…

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8 Most Important Impeached Leaders Of 21st Century, So Far

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 13:46

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There have been many world leaders unceremoniously ousted from their posts following crimes | Democracy, elections and voting at Democracy Chronicles

“Impeachment” is no longer an unfamiliar term among American people in the 21st Century. The growing sense of divisiveness in the nation, largely initiated by President Donald Trump’s rise to power and the string of controversies that he has managed to get entangled in, has led many to call for Trump’s removal from office. Since most…

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The Lows and Highs of 18 Years of Nigeria Democracy

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 13:41

Nigeria made several attempts at enthroning democracy, with some of them always ending in a fiasco | Democracy, elections and voting at Democracy Chronicles

Since attaining self-rule in 1960, Nigeria has made several attempts at enthroning virile democracy, with some of them always ending in a fiasco, but the fourth republic, which began on May 29, 1999 seems to have broken that jinx, though political observers have contended that it is not yet uhuru due to myriad of paradoxes. The…

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Mr Clement Nwankwo, is the executive director of Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), a pioneer Nigerian human rights defender. Nwankwo, founder of the first human rights organisation in the country, Constitutional Rights Project (CRP) also heads the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room (Situation Room), made up of over 60 civic groups that serve as a…

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Latest Brazilian President Corruption Allegations Are Major Challenge

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 13:35

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Brazil’s President Michel Temer barely hanging on to power, accused of corruption and obstruction | Democracy, elections and voting at Democracy Chronicles

Sao Paulo – Brazil’s President Michel Temer is barely hanging on to power, accused of corruption and obstruction of justice following leaked secret recordings that appear to show him authorising bribes. Temer has denied any wrongdoing and has so far refused to resign. Yet, analysts believe that his exit from the presidency is more than likely…

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Trump’s Visit to the Saudi Women’s Gitmo is Counterproductive

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 13:28

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US president took women rights activists worldwide by surprise and disappointed Saudi caged women | Democracy, elections and voting at Democracy Chronicles

– by Abdirahman M. Dirye The US president Donald Trump visited the oil dynasty, while the world had high expectation to address the bitter reality of Saudi women who are chained to each other in the legs and hands in their dungeon houses. They spoke truth to power in front of the authoritarian Monarch Abdullah of…

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Only More Democracy Can Save East African Community Elections

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 13:20

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Problems with election of new members of regional parliament of East African Legislative Assembly | Democracy, elections and voting at Democracy Chronicles

Across East Africa, the election of new members of the regional parliament, the East African Legislative Assembly (Eala), has been hitting the headlines, mostly because the processes were mired by controversies.This is all happening to an integral part of the East African Community (EAC), a body that is supposed to be “people-based”. As it now stands,…

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Thousands of Corruption Protesters in Madrid March of Dignity

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 13:14

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Madrid for a “March of Dignity” to demand better wages

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Spain’s capital, Madrid for a “March of Dignity” to demand better wages, job security and an end to corruption. Demonstrators from all over the country marched down Madrid’s main avenue, the Gran Via, on Saturday behind a banner reading “bread, work, homes and equality”. Dozens of trade…

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