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Proportional representation can offer democracy to all, not just to the majority

  Proportional representation can better reflect the messy, complex reality of collective self-rule.   The question of Electoral Reform rears its head at every Westminster election. In order to design the best electoral system, we need to ask: what is democracy? What are Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Trumputin: What Russia can teach us about the US election

  The Republican presidential nominee and the Russian president may have similarly-minded supporters — but the rise of Trump is bad for everyone, even the Kremlin.   Just a few months ago, when most of my friends were still saying that there was Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Egypt – the resistance

  In the Arab world, even the smallest acts of resistance can give a sense of self-worth.   Long before the term was coined, Egyptians had been very proud of their country’s “soft power,” and rightly so. In the Arab world, Egypt is Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Why the backlash against dowry laws in India?

  The backlash against gender-just law which seeks to protect women against dowry violence   According to the popular discourse in India, laws which were introduced to protect women against violence have allowed women to file false and vexatious cases against their husbands Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Rallying to Hillary

  There was a shivering in the Hillary camp as long as Bernie Sanders stayed in the race seeking namination for US presidential election. It is because it was Sanders who represented a larger distance between him and Donald Trump, the Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Failed coup attempt in Turkey: the victory of democracy?

  Who was the aggressor and who the victim? Who was protecting whom? From whom?     Footage of the evacuation of soldiers who occupied CNN Turk’s studios is a perfect illustration of the hyperreal atmosphere that marked the 5th coup attempt in the Thursday, July 21st, 2016

From funerals to freedom for Kashmir: undoing the Great Indian Democracy

  Indian desperation to possess the territory of Kashmir in its entirety, even if it means sacrificing all Kashmiri, and many Indian, lives, is a blot on Indian democracy.   What is the difference between a funeral and a demonstration? In Kashmir, there Thursday, July 14th, 2016

The next UN Secretary-General: administrator, figurehead, or leader?

  Public interviews for the job of the next UN Secretary-General are continuing in New York. Female candidates are speaking of leadership, while male candidates speak more of administration and management.   On the same day that Hillary Clinton made history, becoming the Thursday, June 30th, 2016

The way of the gun

  Four years ago, soon after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut, Pierce Morgan, a British journalist, lost his job at CNN. His fault: he was talking too much about gun control. “CNN audience is intrinsically provincial,” a Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

An unusual attraction

  A common perception prevailing in many societies around the world makes it clear that a lavatory is not an object that deserves to be displayed in public. Though an essential component of our daily life, toilets in many countries are Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
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