Category: Democracy

Myanmar’s elections: generally free but constitutionally unfair

Professor Damien Kingsbury who was a member of the Australian election observer mission in Myanmar shares  what the observer mission thinks about Myanmar’s election.

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American Protests Against the Militarized Police State

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been alerting the American people since August 2014 that the incidents involving police and minorities in America are symptomatic of a militarized police force that reflects a broader mindset on the part of the government. Other media outlets have expressed concerned about the militarized role of the police in a democratic society, and even the Department of Justice has raised concerns about how to deal with the brutal force of police toward minorities. Taking the long view, Jon Kofas argue that the militarized police is a reflection of the evolution of government toward a police state model. Although it is rooted in the early Cold War, this phenomenon evolved gradually after 9/11 in America and it reflects the convergence of foreign and domestic policy of dealing with “potential enemies as terrorists

Whitlam: A legacy

Edward Gough Whitlam, Labor Prime Minister of Australia 1972-1975 died earlier today, aged 98. Sean Barry shares his thoughts on the passing of a Australian political legend and his thanks for what Gough gave his country, sentiments shared by a vast majority of Australians, regardless of background.

Hong Kong – A Revolution?

Dr. Simon Leitch argues, some revolutions succeed but most fail, and the current protests in Hong Kong will have to break through many barriers to achieve democratic reforms. It will be interesting to see if the Chinese government can weather the storm without making any concessions, but we shouldn’t underestimate the power of well-managed authoritarianism.