Category: Debate


Seven years on: Why Egypt failed to become a democracy

Next January, it will be seven years since the popular uprising that ended the rule of former president Hosni Mubarak, unleashing an unprecedented wave of political turmoil in Egypt’s recent history. Only a few voices within the secular camp – myself included – argued that we must respect the outcome of the referendum in which […]

Cat Boyd: It’s vital we make the ‘gig economy’ work for the workers

STABLE jobs are vanishing, the old fashioned nine-to-five is already a distant memory, and everyone will be working multiple alternating jobs and contracts in the coming “gig economy”. That’s the picture of an impending techno-revolution painted just as often by worried activists as by Silicon Valley’s elite of entrepreneurial visionaries. For some, the gig economy […]

San Francisco Mayor and ‘Sanctuary City’ Proponent Ed Lee Dies at 65

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died early Tuesday at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.  “It is with profound sadness and terrible grief that we confirm that Mayor Edwin M. Lee passed away on Tuesday, December 12 at 1:11 a.m. at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Family, friends and colleagues were at his side,” his […]

Le Pen’s party charged with alleged EU funds misuse

PARIS (AP) — The party of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has been charged with allegedly misusing European Parliament funds to pay parliamentary aides who did political work for the National Front. A judicial official said on Tuesday that the party was charged on Nov. 30 as a legal entity with complicity in breach […]

Online political advertising target of FF bill

A Fianna Fáil TD has claimed that proposals from his party around online political advertising would keep the Government’s Strategic Communications Unit honest. The party’s Spokesperson on Science, Technology, Research & Development, James Lawless, said the bill would require online political advertising to carry a transparency notice. Anyone found guilty under this proposed legislation could […]

Panel Set to Meet, But Real Work Is in Secret: Tax Debate Update

House and Senate Republicans are working this week on compromise tax-overhaul legislation in an effort to send it to President Donald Trump as soon as next week. Here are the latest developments, updated throughout the day: Panel Set to Meet, But Real Work Is in Secret (7:34 a.m.) Fewer than 10 working days remain before […]

Forget sovereignty, a new political divide is ready to split Quebecers

Participants in an anti-racism protest march in Montreal on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (Mario Beauregard/CP) The divisions that once defined Quebec are dissolving before the eyes of its oldest political parties. Less than a year before the next election, fear of another referendum—or desire for one—is no longer top of voters’ minds, challenging the raisons […]

Forever Evo? | openDemocracy

Photo courtesy of Nueva Sociedad. All rights reserved. This article is being published as part of the partnership between Nueva Sociedad and democraciaAbierta. You can read the original article here.   On Sunday, December 3, Bolivians voted to elect the judges of the Supreme Court of Justice, the Agricultural-Environmental Court, the Plurinational Constitutional Court (CPT) and […]

Australian Lawmaker Quits Amid Questions Over China Ties

He came under fire most recently after reports emerged that he had pressured his party’s deputy leader not to meet a Chinese political activist while visiting Hong Kong in 2015. “He’s made mistakes of judgment,” said Bill Shorten, the Labor Party leader, after Mr. Dastyari’s resignation. “But he’s paid the heaviest of prices — his […]