U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for photographers before a meeting at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in April in Palm Beach, Fla.
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The contrast between the U.S. and China could not be clearer in recent weeks: China enjoys dignity without democracy; the United States has democracy without dignity. Yet there are many similarities.
A man protesting against the government’s new power to ban organisations deemed anti-Pancasila, Indonesia’s state ideology.
A recently passed regulation in lieu of law allows the government to ban organisations deemed against Indonesia's state ideology Pancasila. It marks a troubling turn towards ultra-nationalism.
May cannot depend on distracted Merkel and Macron.
Stalemate in the Brexit negotiations is linked to a crisis of representation in Europe.
Jacqui Lambie has released a policy on lobbying that has become the starting point for negotiations on the issue.
Giving Australia's lobbying laws teeth, and a sizeable regulatory jaw to occasionally brandish them, is a major step in the right direction.
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Winning an independence referendum is the simple bit – It's no easy trick to assert yourself on the world stage.
Muslims attend a Defend Islam Action rally in Jakarta. The rallies show how political Islam utilises democracy to pursue a conservative religious agenda.
Political Islam utilises Indonesia's democracy to pursue its ideals, changing the democratic landscape. Attempts to exclude the movement from democracy are counterproductive. What to do?
The ancient Greeks knew what made a good leader. Why does it seem we have forgotten their lessons?
Pro-EU march in London, March 25, 2017.
Despite the peace and prosperity brought about by the EU, it continues to be seen as remote and antidemocratic. How can this be fixed ? One possibility is the creation of a Commissioner for Happiness.
A democrat? Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen casts his ballot during local council elections, June 2017.
Dark days lie ahead as democracy is dismantled.
‘I’m not inviting you to abort, I’m inviting you to decide.’ Can democracy exist if women aren’t recognized as people with full human rights?
Seventy-five percent of all abortions in Latin America are illicit. In Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador, where abortion is totally illegal, the bans correlate with a generalized failure of the rule of law.
For some, Spain’s crackdown on the Catalonian independence vote has raised the specter of the country’s authoritarian past.
Why did the Spanish state forcefully quash Catalonia’s referendum for independence? It is rooted in the country’s nearly 40-year dictatorship and its transition to democracy.
An election observer from the British High Commission in Nairobi.
African democracies are embracing electronic voting far more confidently than the West.
Alternative for Germany (AfD) co-leader Alice Weidel campaigns in front of a banner that reads: ‘Crime by immigration: a flood of refugees leaves its mark!’
Current events show that the old problem of populism is making a comeback, and that populism is indeed an autoimmune disease of our age of monitory democracy.
What do you mean you can’t stick your hands up? DVA security operative at Poland’s private European Security Academy.
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Politicians are promising to advance their countries' international positions through nationalist militarisation and celebration of virile men.
Research shows young people are passionate about issues like marriage equality, but many do not understand how governments are formed and prime ministers elected.
Young people have a poor understanding of Australian democracy, which must be redressed by the education system if they are to become full citizens.
It seems almost inevitable Iraqi Kurdistan will separate from the rest of Iraq – but going it alone will be hugely difficult.
At a time when our political future is uncertain, the only way to guarantee change is to do it yourself.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics says it’s on track to get all the papers out by September 25.
It's a rare example of direct democracy – albeit non-compulsory and conducted by mail.
Whether they were motivated by enthusiasm or ire toward the candidates, the 2016 election captured the attention of US college and university students nationwide.
Undemocratic voting systems in local council elections are not limited to the City of Sydney.
Queensland led the way in the 1920s – it's about time for the other states to catch up on reforming local council elections.