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Democracy under threat around the world -intergovernmental watchdog

Stockholm, SwedenReuters Half of the world’s countries are suffering democratic decline, ranging from flawed elections to curtailed rights including freedoms of expression and assembly, an intergovernmental watchdog group said on Thursday. In its annual report, the Stockholm-based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance said 2022 was the sixth consecutive year in which countries with […]

Democrats mock Biden impeachment, but it could affect re-election bid

US President Joe Biden delivers remarks to service members, first responders, and their families on the day of the 22nd anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, on 11th September, 2023

Washington DC, US Reuters Asked about Republicans launching an impeachment inquiry into US President Joe Biden in Congress, Pennsylvania Democratic Senator John Fetterman clutched his head in mock horror and declared “Oh my God, really?” before bursting into laughter.  “Ooooh, don’t do it,” Fetterman said mockingly on Tuesday, as he walked off.  US President Joe […]

Essay: A religious calling to protect democracy

US Chicago World Parliament of Religions

CHRIS CRAWFORD, a policy advocate at US-based Protect Democracy, says – in an article first published on Religion News Service that while most religious doctrines do not require an embrace of democracy, in today’s world, authoritarians are attempting to do the opposite…

Myanmar junta leader urges foreign powers to back its return to democracy

Myanmar's junta chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who ousted the elected government in a coup on February 1, presides at an army parade on Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on 27th March, 2021.

Reuters Myanmar’s military ruler on Monday urged his foreign critics to get behind his junta’s planned return to democracy, instead of siding with a resistance movement he called “terrorists” bent on destroying the country.  Addressing an annual armed forces day parade, Min Aung Hlaing, whose February, 2021, coup plunged Myanmar into chaos, said international condemnation […]

Tens of thousands of Israelis protest against Netanyahu justice plans

Israel Tel Aviv judicial reforms protest

Tel Aviv, IsraelReuters Tens of thousands of Israelis joined demonstrations on Saturday against judicial reform plans by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government that protesters say will threaten democratic checks and balances on ministers by the courts. The plans, which the government says are needed to curb overreach by activist judges, have drawn fierce opposition […]

Half of world’s democracies in decline – intergovernmental watchdog

US Washington 6 Jan anniversary

Stockholm, SwedenReuters Half of the world’s democracies are in a state of decline amid worsening civil liberties and rule of law while already authoritarian governments are becoming more oppressive, an intergovernmental watchdog group said this week. In its annual report, the Stockholm-based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) said democratic institutions were being […]