April 20, 2020

South Korea is one of the world’s youngest democracies, and the first country to hold a national election during the Covid-19 pandemic. Coronavirus was able to side-line previous issues such as the weak economy, government corruption and North-South relations in a deep...

April 16, 2020

On the 30th of March, democracy ended in Hungary. 

Recent liberal commentary concerning the emergence of populism throughout the western world commonly veers into hyperbole, if not outright catastrophising - a tendency which has been keenly ridiculed by political oppone...

March 26, 2020

With his hand on a gold-embossed copy of the Russian constitution, Putin was sworn in for the fourth time in 2018, when he promised to serve the Russian people faithfully. Today, he is trying to alter and shape that same constitution to suit his own interests and cemen...

December 5, 2019

As Goebbels stated: ‘If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It...

December 3, 2019

“I condemn this coup against the Bolivian people,” reads a November 10 tweet by Jeremy Corbyn. The Labour Party leader wasn’t alone in expressing this sentiment. Bernie Sanders, a US Senator and candidate for the presidency, tweeted “I am very concerned about what appe...

September 30, 2018

Following the announcement of Emmerson Mnangagwa’s victory in the 2018 election, there is very little indication Zimbabwe is becoming a more democratic and fair nation. Indeed, the allegations of fraud in the election by both the opposition and international monitors s...

March 16, 2016

Photograph: Flickr, xiamenpx

This is just the beginning of the road… there is a lot more to be done before our people will feel secure enough to celebrate –  Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD)  following the party’s landslide victory at...

December 23, 2015

Photograph: Flickr / Rod Waddington 

 

Democracy in Eastern Africa has had a difficult year. In 2015, presidents Paul Kagame, Pierre Nkurunziza, and Yoweri Museveni each attempted to lengthen or abolish their term limits as Presidents of Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda respec...

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