Democracy field notes

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Cui Jian’s A Piece of Red Cloth…

‘Few Chinese, myself included, really knew what rock 'n roll was back then. But we knew it was something that gave out energy. It was music with a message.’ ‘I performed at Tiananmen Square in 1989, 15…

The President of Humility

José ‘Pepe’ Mujica may not be a household name beyond the pampas and ocean shores of Uruguay, but his thoughts on power, politics and sobriety, captured in the remarkable video that follows, surely are…

Trump, Trump, Trump…

During recent weeks, as election fever grows more intense, all American democrats have been handed a bouquet of viperous questions: When does public incitement to violence by a candidate for high office…

Are Elections Ruining Democracy?

The Flemish historian and writer David Van Reybrouck has recently triggered a minor sensation in the Low Countries by insisting that Western democracies are suffering so much election fatigue (electoral…

The Arbitrary Detention of Julian Assange

The following field note is a short account of last Friday’s historic ruling by a top United Nations panel that Julian Assange is arbitrarily detained and should be set free, with compensation. It also…
Taiwan’s President-elect Tsai Ing-wen. Hong Kong Free Press

Humility: Tsai Ing-wen on the Cardinal Democratic Virtue

Greeted by the fizz of fireworks, flags, honking horns and a jubilant throng of tens of thousands of citizens, president-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) took to the stage last Saturday, in front of her national…