By obsessing over labels, we avoid having to confront more difficult questions.
A district employee carries a ballot box a day before distributing to pollings center in Bogor, West Java. Indonesia will hold its general elections on 17 April, during which the president, vice president, and legislative members will be elected.
Here is what you need to know about Indonesia's elections and what's at stake.
Indian people wearing Prime Minister Narendra Modi masks cheer at a campaign rally.
Can India's current prime minister Narendra Modi win the upcoming election? It's hard to say. India has one of the fastest growing economies in the world, but growth has slowed and fake news is rife.
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What sort of democracy is now required to break the Brexit deadlock?
Canadians are still forced to travel to polling stations and line up to vote. Online voting would save time and money.
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About one-third of Canadians don't bother to vote in federal elections. Many people cite "everyday life issues," like the time it takes to vote, as reasons why they don't participate.
Graffiti probably Banksy, denouncing the conditions in which prisoners have been detained in Guantanamo.
Michael Haneke's allegorical 2009 film showed how a peaceful society can be shattered within a single generation. It's a lesson for us now in a world drifting toward populism and violence.
India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi.
This is a transcript of part one of The Anthill's podcast series, India Tomorrow, on fake news and information wars.
A woman casts her vote at a polling station in the southeastern Turkey Kurdish stronghold of Diyarbakir on March 31, 2019 during the local elections to elect the mayors for 30 large metropolitan cities, 51 provincial capitals and 922 districts.
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As the number of women in politics increase, more women's voices will be heard: the example of co-mayorship in Turkey is a first step.
US demonstrators who favor and oppose stricter gun laws, in 2018.
AP Photo/Steven Senne
Legislators in a growing number of democracies are clamping down on civil society. In the United States, it's happening at the state level.
A Pennsylvania elector holds her ballot for President-elect Donald Trump before casting it in December 2016.
Does the Electoral College encourage candidates to campaign in rural areas, as its supporters claim? And do electors actually filter the 'passions' of voters, as the founders wanted them to?
Too many people are spurning democracy and being seduced by propaganda, fake news and political strongmen. This First World War poster shows a giant Gibson Girl as the symbol of democracy, punching a German soldier resembling Hindenburg.
Many citizens are searching for certainty and control in uncertain times. But that means too many are spurning democracy and being seduced by fake news and political strongmen. Democracy needs our help.
Many younger people are politically engaged. We saw this in the recent student-led protests on climate change policy.
People under 18 can leave school, get a job, drive a car and pay taxes. Should they be allowed to vote too?
Worldwide, 1 in 10 presidents and prime ministers has relatives who were already in politics. Europe and Latin America, both democratic regions, have the highest proportion of leaders who come from political families.
To reach the highest rungs of power, a new study shows, it really helps if your dad was president.
E-petitions are an important democratic tool but they need to be part of something bigger to really change things.
A French-speaking Canadian volunteer in Haiti part of the volunteer group EDV that helped recovery efforts after the earthquake in early June 2010.
Scholars such as Alfred Sauvy, Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan and Frantz Fanon wrote in French, but their work greatly contributed to our understanding of democracy and social change in all contexts.
An envelope containing a 2018 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident as part of the nation’s only test run of the 2020 census.
AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith
If undocumented immigrants choose not to fill out the questionnaire, then the official population of several states would deflate, costing them House seats and federal funding.
A Syrian refugee child sits on the window of his family’s trailer home painted by refugee artists in a camp near Mafraq, Jordan.
The revolution begun by Syrians exactly eight years ago has been won – by the murderous leader they rebelled against. But the struggle for freedom, dignity and justice Syrians launched is not over.
There is a vast infrastructure of digital tools that can be used to strategically manipulate behaviour for tactical gain.
Nation states are covertly working against each other on the very same digital platforms they use to collaborate in areas such as trade and manufacturing.
The Algerian population has taken to the streets in a peaceful and nonviolent manner to protest against President Bouteflika’s running for a fifth term of office.
Demonstrations against Abdelaziz Bouteflika have opened up a rare space for debate and self-expression – and could signal a change to a more free and involved civil society in Algeria.
On the right track?
Research suggests the government's dismantling of democracy could cost the country dear.