Tag Archives: DEMOCRACY

Is fractured Libya finally ‘ready for democracy’ almost 7yrs since NATO ‘liberation’? (DEBATE)

Almost 7 years since NATO’s intervention left Libya in shambles, the country’s military strongman says it is still “not yet ready for democracy.” RT’s guests debate whether the UN-backed elections could help unite Libyans. It took a multi-state NATO coalition seven months to bomb out Libya and topple Muammar Gaddafi after the United Nations Security Council authorized a ‘no-fly zone’ ...

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Democracy in Europe threatened by surge of ‘populism,’ Tony Blair’s think tank warns

Published time: 29 Dec, 2017 12:55 A surge of “populist” political parties threatens to destabilize democracy across Europe, Tony Blair’s think tank has warned. Its new report points to the rise of anti-EU parties in Italy, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Institute for Global Change said populism could become the “new normal” in ...

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Are Twitter & Facebook getting too involved in British democracy?

Twitter has bragged about how it helped Labour win the social media war ahead of June’s general election. The news comes just a day after Facebook claimed it triggered a “landslide” for the Scottish National Party (SNP) in 2015. Twitter says Labour used its “First View” service to “get out the vote on polling day,” saying that the First View ...

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‘Extraordinary moment for democracy in Europe: Madrid got strong message from Catalonia’

Madrid government has used all the tools in its toolbox against pro-independence movement in Catalonia, except for negotiations, says Thomas Harrington, professor of Iberian Studies at Trinity College in Hartford. Pro-independence parties in the Spanish region of Catalonia have declared victory after securing a majority in local elections held on Thursday, December 21. Three parties, Together for Catalonia (JxCat), Esquerra ...

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‘Democracy in bankers hands’: Top French bank tells Le Pen’s party to shut accounts

Published time: 22 Nov, 2017 00:17 Societe Generale, one of France’s biggest banks, has reportedly asked the National Front (FN), the far-right anti-immigration eurosceptic party led by Marine Le Pen, to close its accounts after 30 years of cooperation. FN has vowed to fight the decision. “It seems the bank wants nothing more to do with us,” FN spokesman David ...

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100 members to quit Macron party over ‘lack of democracy’

Some 100 activists from Emmanuel Macron’s political party are quitting because the movement “offends fundamental principles of democracy” and shows “arrogance and contempt” for its dialogue-seeking members. The disillusioned members of the ruling Republic on the Move (LREM) party announced that they would leave the movement ahead of the LREM Congress which is to take place in the city of ...

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Colbert takes swipes at Madrid for ‘restoring democracy’ by ‘jailing everyone people elected’

Late Show host Steven Colbert derided the Spanish government’s handling of the Catalan crisis, in particular its decision to call snap elections to “restore democracy” amid a crackdown on the lawfully elected Catalan leaders. In a segment titled, “Spaint’ Misbehaving” Colbert had a go at Spanish Prime Minster Mariano Rajoy. In his signature tongue-in-cheek manner, the popular host mocked double ...

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‘US govt undermines democracy’ seeking more control over social media

Published time: 2 Nov, 2017 17:55 It’s preposterous that the US government purports to tell Americans what they are allowed to read on social media, says Daniel McAdams, executive director of Ron Paul Institute. He adds that it undermines US democracy. Technology and social media giants Facebook, Twitter, and Google have been in the hot seat before US Congress intelligence ...

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No evidence Russia ever meddled in UK democracy – Boris Johnson

Published time: 1 Nov, 2017 17:19 Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has conceded there is no evidence Russia has ever sought to interfere with British votes. Asked on Wednesday whether he believed Russia had any involvement in the UK election, he said: “I haven’t seen a sausage.” His comments come as Prime Minister Theresa May voiced concern over alleged Russian attempts ...

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‘You don’t expect this in a democracy,’ man wrongly put on Thomson Reuters ‘terrorist’ list tells RT

A British-Palestinian academic and activist spoke to RT about the ordeal he endured while his name was featured on the World-Check database, which is owned by Thomson Reuters and used by banks to blacklist customers. Azzam Tamimi told RT that he was completely unaware as to why his personal, business, and even family accounts were frozen, before he was contacted ...

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