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# democracy - Wednesday 22 February, 2012

President warns of democratic and intellectual crises
# Unfreedom
# Unfreedom

President warns of democratic and intellectual crises

Feb 22nd 2012, 9:46 AM 3,214 Views 56 Comments

Michael D Higgins told the audience at the LSE that if Ireland had retained some of the elements of its national revival, the economic collapse may not be as bad as it is.

# democracy - Tuesday 21 February, 2012

Mugabe says he is "fit as a fiddle" and compares himself to Jesus
# Dictator
# Dictator

Mugabe says he is "fit as a fiddle" and compares himself to Jesus

Feb 21st 2012, 2:00 PM 2,118 Views 15 Comments

The Zimbabwean president, speaking on his 88th birthday, also gave tips on how to live a long life.

# democracy - Sunday 19 February, 2012

Column: Politicians can’t fix Ireland – ordinary people must take the lead
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Politicians can’t fix Ireland – ordinary people must take the lead

Feb 19th 2012, 6:00 PM 56 Views 59 Comments

The financial crisis was sparked by a broken system. If we’re going to fix this we can’t leave it up to politicians, write Bronagh Geraghty and John Hughes.

# democracy - Wednesday 15 February, 2012

Syria sets date for referendum on draft constitution
# Assad Regime
# Assad Regime

Syria sets date for referendum on draft constitution

Feb 15th 2012, 10:51 AM 715 Views 4 Comments

Read President Assad’s rambling statement on the future of the country. Plus, rare non-government images from inside Syria.

# democracy - Tuesday 14 February, 2012

Column: Don’t trust the government? Then let’s put local people in power
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Don’t trust the government? Then let’s put local people in power

Feb 14th 2012, 7:33 AM 23 Views 48 Comments

Call them gombeens if you want – but handing money and power to local councils would help fix our democracy, writes Aaron McKenna.

# democracy - Monday 13 February, 2012

TDs play down report of possible ‘email filter’
# Email Filter
# Email Filter

TDs play down report of possible ‘email filter’

Feb 13th 2012, 12:48 PM 4,585 Views 55 Comments

TDs have dismissed newspaper suggestions that they are looking at ways of blocking some emails from the public.

# democracy - Monday 30 January, 2012

Varadkar: Referendums are not "very democratic"
# Democracy
# Democracy

Varadkar: Referendums are not "very democratic"

Jan 30th 2012, 10:08 AM 4,104 Views 130 Comments

He’s not a fan.

# democracy - Wednesday 18 January, 2012

Column: Ireland has moved on, and we need a new Constitution
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Ireland has moved on, and we need a new Constitution

Jan 18th 2012, 8:30 PM 321 Views 101 Comments

When Ireland reframes its founding document it must be for everyone, not just politicians – writes Labour TD Dominic Hannigan.

# democracy - Monday 16 January, 2012

The story behind the giant banner on St Stephen's Green
# Explainer
# Explainer

The story behind the giant banner on St Stephen's Green

Jan 16th 2012, 7:45 PM 13,891 Views 14 Comments

You may have seen the picture of Abdulhadi Al Khawaja – but do you know why a three-storey-high banner of him is hanging from a building in the centre of Dublin?

# democracy - Saturday 14 January, 2012

Praise for Burma's release of political prisoners
# Burma
# Burma

Praise for Burma's release of political prisoners

Jan 14th 2012, 5:21 PM 1,542 Views 2 Comments

Some 651 political activists, bloggers, a former prime minister and heads of ethnic minority groups were released yesterday under a presidential pardon allowing them to take part in “nation-building.”

# democracy - Wednesday 11 January, 2012

Column: Abolish the Seanad? Here's a better idea to fix our political system
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Abolish the Seanad? Here's a better idea to fix our political system

Jan 11th 2012, 7:30 AM 148 Views 54 Comments

Parish-pump politics is crippling our democracy – so Simon Tuohy offers a radical new proposal to fix the system.

# democracy - Tuesday 10 January, 2012

Explainer: How are Ireland's constituencies being redrawn?
# Constituencies
# Constituencies

Explainer: How are Ireland's constituencies being redrawn?

Jan 10th 2012, 4:04 PM 5,699 Views 30 Comments

The Constituency Commission is cutting the number of TDs and redrawing our electoral map. Here’s everything you need to know about what will happen…

# democracy - Wednesday 21 December, 2011

Column: UCC’s Nick Griffin invitation is a game – and fascism is the winner
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: UCC’s Nick Griffin invitation is a game – and fascism is the winner

Dec 21st 2011, 7:40 AM 107 Views 177 Comments

The invitation to the BNP leader will spark a predictable cycle of outrage – but nobody involved is considering the real victims, writes Gavan Titley.

# democracy - Sunday 18 December, 2011

More than 440 wounded during clashes in Egypt
# Military
# Military

More than 440 wounded during clashes in Egypt

Dec 18th 2011, 3:06 PM 1,240 Views 2 Comments

Military police have been shown in video footage dragging women by the hair, even stripping the shirt off one veiled woman, and ferociously beating, kicking and stomping on protesters.

# democracy - Friday 16 December, 2011

Column: We need a new politics – and here’s how it might work
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: We need a new politics – and here’s how it might work

Dec 16th 2011, 7:30 AM 35 Views 27 Comments

Any new system must transform public anger at politicians into real engagement. Senator Fiach Mac Conghail writes about how We The Citizens did it.

# democracy - Saturday 10 December, 2011

Huge day of protest against vote fraud begins in Russia
# Russia
# Russia

Huge day of protest against vote fraud begins in Russia

Dec 10th 2011, 10:18 AM 1,511 Views 9 Comments

Tens of thousands of Russians are due to attend protests today over allegedly fraudulent parliamentary elections.

# democracy - Monday 28 November, 2011

Egypt goes to the polls - amid turmoil on the streets
# Egypt
# Egypt

Egypt goes to the polls - amid turmoil on the streets

Nov 28th 2011, 9:42 AM 461 Views 0 Comments

The parliamentary elections are significant as it is the first time Egyptians have voted since the overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarak in February.

# democracy - Wednesday 23 November, 2011

Column: Ireland, we need to talk about Europe
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Ireland, we need to talk about Europe

Nov 23rd 2011, 7:30 AM 13 Views 26 Comments

Future EU measures could mean a total fiscal union. If that’s the case, we may as well give up democracy altogether, writes Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy.

# democracy - Monday 21 November, 2011

Aung San Suu Kyi to run in Burma elections
# Burma
# Burma

Aung San Suu Kyi to run in Burma elections

Nov 21st 2011, 4:34 PM 905 Views 6 Comments

The pro-democracy leader has announced that she is to formally end her political boycott and run in elections.

# democracy - Friday 28 October, 2011

Fans bring a halt to Stamford Bridge move
# Democracy
From The42
# Democracy

Fans bring a halt to Stamford Bridge move

Oct 28th 2011, 12:51 PM 194 Views 0 Comments

Roman Abramovich’s plan to move Chelsea to a new, 60,000-seat stadium has been put on indefinite hold after a fractious meeting with the Chelsea Pitch Owners.

# democracy - Monday 24 October, 2011

Plans for Sharia-based law in Libya unveiled
# Libya
# Libya

Plans for Sharia-based law in Libya unveiled

Oct 24th 2011, 12:14 PM 1,222 Views 60 Comments

Libya’s interim rulers have begun laying out their plans for their two-year transition to democracy – and said that Islamic Sharia law would be the “basic source” of legislation.

# democracy - Sunday 23 October, 2011

Tunisia set to vote in first free elections
# Democracy
# Democracy

Tunisia set to vote in first free elections

Oct 23rd 2011, 7:54 AM 107 Views 2 Comments

Tunisian men and women go to the polls today in the first free elections since the country gained independence from France in 1956.

# democracy - Saturday 22 October, 2011

Enthusiasm builds for Tunisia's first free elections
# Democracy
# Democracy

Enthusiasm builds for Tunisia's first free elections

Oct 22nd 2011, 2:33 PM 155 Views 6 Comments

Tunisians go to the polls tomorrow in the country’s first free elections since it gained independence from France in 1956.

Libya's liberation to be declared on Sunday
# Libya
# Libya

Libya's liberation to be declared on Sunday

Oct 22nd 2011, 11:42 AM 222 Views 7 Comments

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril has said that elections will be held within eight months.

# democracy - Thursday 20 October, 2011

Gaddafi's hometown taken by Libyan forces
# Libya
# Libya

Gaddafi's hometown taken by Libyan forces

Oct 20th 2011, 11:41 AM 160 Views 4 Comments

Libyan fighters for the interim government have reportedly hoisted their flag over the city of Sirte, the last hold-out of those loyal to former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

# democracy - Monday 17 October, 2011

Burma allows trade unions for first time since 1962
# Burma
# Burma

Burma allows trade unions for first time since 1962

Oct 17th 2011, 3:48 PM 424 Views 5 Comments

Burma has lifted bans on the formation of labour unions and the staging of strikes, which have been in place for almost 50 years.

# democracy - Thursday 4 August, 2011

Syrian president allows creation of opposition political parties
# Syria
# Syria

Syrian president allows creation of opposition political parties

Aug 4th 2011, 12:28 PM 207 Views 2 Comments

Bashar Assad will permit a legitimate opposition against him – but France has decried the move as “provocation”.

# democracy - Friday 1 July, 2011

Nine dead in Syria as biggest ever anti-Assad protests take place
# People Power
# People Power

Nine dead in Syria as biggest ever anti-Assad protests take place

Jul 1st 2011, 5:21 PM 517 Views 3 Comments

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to streets all across Syria to protest against President Bashar al-Assad’s current regime.

# democracy - Saturday 4 June, 2011

China rounds up more critics on anniversary of Tiananmen protests
# China
# China

China rounds up more critics on anniversary of Tiananmen protests

Jun 4th 2011, 3:35 PM 232 Views 1 Comment

22 years on from the “counter-revolutionary riot” of Tiananmen Square, demonstrators are silenced once more.

# democracy - Sunday 17 April, 2011

E-voting machines to finally be scrapped this year
# E-Voting
# E-Voting

E-voting machines to finally be scrapped this year

Apr 17th 2011, 2:55 PM 1,902 Views 21 Comments

Environment minister Phil Hogan orders a taskforce to to prepare a tender for the sale or disposal of the 7,500 machines.

# democracy - Tuesday 12 April, 2011

New political initiative plans citizens’ assembly to ‘renew democracy’
# Democracy
# Democracy

New political initiative plans citizens’ assembly to ‘renew democracy’

Apr 12th 2011, 11:03 AM 1,520 Views 0 Comments

‘We the Citizens’ will hold seven regional meetings ahead of a national event aimed at restoring trust in public life.

# democracy - Friday 25 March, 2011

Chinese activist sentenced to 10 years in jail
# China
# China

Chinese activist sentenced to 10 years in jail

Mar 25th 2011, 10:39 AM 452 Views 2 Comments

This is the third time Liu Xanbin has been put in jail by Chinese authorities.

# democracy - Sunday 14 November, 2010

Aung San Suu Kyi calls for dialogue with Burma's generals
# Burma
# Burma

Aung San Suu Kyi calls for dialogue with Burma's generals

Nov 14th 2010, 4:41 PM 139 Views 0 Comments

The time has come to “sort out our differences across the table” says Suu Kyi.