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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Nov 26, 2012 Facebook will ask you to vote against your right to vote
QUOTE: Facebook will hold a vote, possibly later this week, in which it will ask users to abolish their right to vote on changes to the social network's privacy policies....Facebook argues it has outgrown the voting and commenting system that currently exists on the site. (One BuzzFeed writer notes that China might argue the same thing with regard to democracy.)
CNN (Cable News Network) Oct 15, 2012 Do facts matter?
QUOTE: it is not clear what impact the fact checkers are having on the public at large or, nearly as important, on the politicians. They keep laying out the facts and the politicians keep stretching the truth. There is little evidence that the public is outraged by any of the revelations nor that it has any real influence on how the politicians conduct themselves...
CNN (Cable News Network) May 09, 2012 North Carolina's ban on gay marriage sparks cheers, jeers
QUOTE: North Carolina voted Tuesday to outlaw same-sex marriage, which was already prohibited in the state. Supporters pushed for the constitutional amendment, arguing that it is needed to ward off future legal challenges.
CNN (Cable News Network) Feb 06, 2012 Charges Against U.S.-Aided Groups Come With History of Distrust in Egypt
QUOTE: Egyptian state media announced charges against four such nonprofit organizations that are based in Washington and that receive some United States government support. The charges include operating without licenses, “conducting research to send to the United States” and supporting Egyptian candidates and parties “to serve foreign interests.”
New York Times Dec 18, 2011 Don’t Tax the Rich. Tax Inequality Itself. (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: we propose an automatic extra tax on the income of the top 1 percent of earners — a tax that would limit the after-tax incomes of this club to 36 times the median household income. Importantly, our Brandeis tax does not target excessive income per se; it only caps inequality....It is not a “claw back” tax. It merely assures that things don’t get worse.
New York Times Sep 25, 2011 Saudi king: Women will be allowed to vote and run for office
QUOTE: the king said women will be allowed to nominate candidates for the next set of municipal elections. Although he did not use the word "vote," allowing women to take part in the nomination process would amount to voting within Saudi Arabia's system.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 11, 2011 All Hail the (Democratic) King (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: ...Morocco’s July 1 constitutional referendum may be the most significant development in the Arab world all summer. For the first time since the Arab Spring began, a population broadly embraced its leader’s reforms and scaled back antigovernment demonstrations.
New York Times Jul 09, 2011 Mass arrests as Malaysia police and protesters clash
QUOTE: More than 1,600 demonstrators have been arrested in Malaysia, police say, after clashing with riot police Saturday as they marched in the capital Kuala Lumpur to demand electoral reforms....Opposition groups have been seeking to put pressure on Prime Minister Najib Razak's government, which has been in power for decades...
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 01, 2011 Divided appeals court strikes down Michigan's affirmative action ban
QUOTE: A divided federal appeals court on Friday struck down Michigan's controversial ban on consideration of race and gender in college admissions....The affirmative action ban was passed five years ago in a referendum and was added to the state's constitution...
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 28, 2011 Capital Injustice
QUOTE: Washingtonians still have no meaningful voice in Congress and lack full authority over their own affairs... (Washington’s) second-class citizenship is a legacy of racial injustice and, more recently, partisanship in Congress.
New York Times Jan 25, 2011 Ousted Lebanese Leader Swallows Rivals’ Bitter Pill
QUOTE: Betrayed, he called himself after the choice of Hezbollah, Najib Miqati, was named as the prime minister designate on Tuesday. A victim of his own lies, say his foes, who engineered his ouster by bringing down his government this month. Perhaps it was both, in a place one politician called “a chemical equation, not a country.”
New York Times Jan 11, 2011 Tucson shootings don't quell debate over political rhetoric
QUOTE: Across the ideological spectrum, officials and activists agreed after Saturday's Tucson killings that it was time to soften the harsh edges of America's raucous national dialogue. But by Monday, a bitter debate had erupted over how to do it - and on whose terms.
Washington Post Nov 05, 2010 Money doesn't buy many wins for self-funded candidates
QUOTE: Tuesday's midterms featured an unusually large crop of moguls who sought to ease their way into power by pouring millions of their own dollars into their campaigns. In most cases, they failed spectacularly.
Washington Post Nov 03, 2010 Ouster of Iowa Judges Sends Signal to Bench
QUOTE: An unprecedented vote to remove three Iowa Supreme Court justices who were part of the unanimous decision that legalized same-sex marriage in the state was celebrated by conservatives as a popular rebuke of judicial overreach, even as it alarmed proponents of an independent judiciary.
New York Times Jun 25, 2010 Justices say petition signers should not expect their names to be kept secret
QUOTE: Those who sign referendum petitions should generally not expect to keep their names secret, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday, rejecting the argument of an anti-gay-rights group that disclosure would violate their First Amendment protection of political expression.
Washington Post Jun 24, 2010 House Approves Legislation That Mandates the Disclosure of Political Spending
QUOTE: The House on Thursday approved legislation to curtail the ability of corporations and other special interest groups to influence elections by requiring greater disclosure of their role in paying for campaign advertising. The bill is intended to counter a Supreme Court ruling in January that the federal government may not ban political spending by corporations and other advocacy groups, like labor unions.
New York Times Jun 11, 2010 To Save Africa, Reject Its Nations
QUOTE: Buttressed by the legality and impunity that international sovereignty conferred upon their actions, too many of Africa’s politicians and officials twisted the normal activities of a state beyond recognition, transforming mundane tasks like policing, lawmaking and taxation into weapons of extortion.
New York Times Jun 11, 2010 Across Iran, Anger Lies Behind Face of Calm
QUOTE: Through a widespread, sustained and at times brutal crackdown, the government has succeeded in suppressing a protest movement that shook the nation for months after the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which the opposition said was fraudulent. But the veneer of calm masks what many here call the “fire under the ashes,” a low-grade burn of cynicism and distrust.
New York Times May 18, 2010 Thai Army Moves to Confront Protesters
QUOTE: the government moved aggressive
New York Times May 11, 2010 Iraqi Deal to End De-Baathification
QUOTE: Iraqi politicians have reached an agreement to halt a four-month campaign to bar candidates from politics for ties to the Baath Party, American and Iraqi officials said, papering over the sectarian tensions it unleashed, at least for now, and removing an obstacle in the long-delayed process of forming a new government.
New York Times May 07, 2010 Unclear Result in Britain Puts Focus on Electoral Rules
QUOTE: '[The British] system, designed for two-party politics, always fails to deliver a Parliament that reflects the way people voted,” Mr. Dé said. “Third parties are always punished, and fourth parties are often invisible.'
New York Times Apr 04, 2010 A hotbed of techie agents of government transparency
QUOTE: Monitoring your elected officials and keeping track of your government's spending? There's an app for that, as it turns out. Or such was the theme of the second annual TransparencyCamp, held at George Washington University last weekend, an event aimed at bringing programmers and activists together to mingle and talk shop about how to mine government data in clever ways.
Washington Post Sep 17, 2009 Expand the House? (On Politics)
QUOTE: because each state gets at least one seat... and because the overall size of the House has not changed in a century, the number of people represented by a single congressman can vary widely.
New York Times Sep 13, 2009 Is South Korea backsliding on its democracy movement?: Teachers, citizens barred from political organizing.
QUOTE: South Korea has made great strides in strengthening democracy since ousting a military dictatorship some 20 years ago. But some... have warned of backsliding.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 03, 2009 Son of Late Gabon Leader Declared Winner in Vote
QUOTE: The Bongo family extended its 41-year reign over this resource-rich country on Thursday as the son of Africa’s longest-serving ruler was declared the winner of a disputed presidential election.
New York Times Aug 21, 2009 Worldwide battle rages for control of the internet
QUOTE: By reinforcing their efforts to monitor activity online, they [governments] hope to deprive dissenters of information and the ability to communicate.
New Scientist Aug 06, 2009 Cambodian conviction signals crackdown on dissent
QUOTE: Cambodian court found a prominent politician guilty of defaming the country's prime minister Thursday in what analysts call a setback on Cambodia's shaky path to democracy.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 23, 2009 How to stay in charge: A special report on the Arab world
QUOTE: director of the Almishkat Centre for Research and Training in Cairo, Mr Fergany is no less furious with the Arab regimes, which he accuses of doing everything in their power to obstruct democracy and social justice. In most Arab countries, he says, the political order is oppressive and democracy a sham, a hollow system incapable of accommodating the vitality of the people.
Economist Jul 21, 2009 TARP watchdog cites lack of transparency in Obama administration
QUOTE: critics of the administration said that the White House has fallen short of its promises to run a more open government.
Los Angeles Times Jul 14, 2009 In Azerbaijan, a Donkey Suit Provokes Laughs and, Possibly, Arrests
QUOTE: Mr. Hajizada, 26, and his fellow activist Emin Milli, 30, were arrested last week in Baku, the capital, in an event their supporters say could signal the beginning of a crackdown on online media.
New York Times Jul 07, 2009 In Iran, a Struggle Beyond the Streets
QUOTE: In postelection Iran, there is growing unease among many of the nation’s political and clerical elite that the very system of governance they rely on for power and privilege has been stripped of its religious and electoral legitimacy, creating a virtual dictatorship enforced by an emboldened security apparatus, analysts said.
New York Times Jul 02, 2009 Honduras Targets Protesters With Emergency Decree: Media in Country Also Feel Pressure
QUOTE: The new Honduran government clamped down on street protests and news organizations Wednesday as lawmakers passed an emergency decree that limits public gatherings following the military-led coup that removed President Manuel Zelaya from office.
Washington Post Jul 02, 2009 Thailand's lèse majesté law: Treason in cyberspace
QUOTE: ince March 2008 the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MICT) has blocked 8,300 website pages on lèse majesté [anti-royal family] grounds.
Economist Jun 21, 2009 Police Unleash Force On Rally in Tehran: Obama, in Boldest Terms Yet, Presses Iran to Halt Violence Against Own People
QUOTE: Fiery chaos broke out in downtown Tehran on Saturday as security forces blocked streets and used tear gas, water cannons and batons to break up a demonstration against the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Security forces were seen firing warning shots into the air, but there were also unconfirmed reports that several people were hit by gunfire.
Washington Post Jun 12, 2008 Out of Step With Allies, U.S. Defends Freedom to Offend (American Exception)
QUOTE: In the United States, that debate has been settled. Under the First Amendment, newspapers and magazines can say what they like about minority groups and religions — even false, provocative or hateful things — without legal consequence....Canada, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa, Australia and India all have laws or have signed international conventions banning hate speech. Israel and France forbid the sale of Nazi items like swastikas and flags. It is a crime to deny the Holocaust in Canada, Germany and France.
New York Times May 05, 2008 Clashes Break Out as Bolivian Province Votes on More Autonomy
QUOTE: The vote deepens the rift between Mr. Morales’s vision for Bolivia, in which the country’s wealth in natural resources would be used to improve the lives of its impoverished Indians, and that of Santa Cruz, a prosperous, ethnically diverse province where many of those resources are found. “We do not want the creation of another republic,” said Carlos Pablo Klinsky, a provincial lawmaker who helped draft the statute. “But we do want control over our own destiny and our own resources.”
New York Times May 02, 2008 Zimbabwe Officials Say Runoff Needed
QUOTE: After more than a month’s delay, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission on Friday officially announced the results of the disputed March 29 presidential election, saying that the opposition candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai, had won more votes than the incumbent, Robert Mugabe, but not enough to avoid a runoff.
New York Times Feb 18, 2008 Desiring a Fair Vote, Doubting It Will Be: Pakistanis Expect Rigging by Government
QUOTE: The [Pakistani word] is "dhandali" -- rigging -- a wide-ranging practice that includes blatant acts such as stuffing ballot boxes and hiring thugs to intimidate voters at polling stations, as well as more subtle techniques such as extorting loyalty from public employees and using official vehicles and funds to promote pro-government candidates.
Washington Post Feb 03, 2008 A Clearer Picture on Voter ID
QUOTE: Supporters of [the voter ID] policy argue that...election fraud will be reduced. Opponents of an ID requirement fear it will disenfranchise voters, especially the poor, members of minority groups and the elderly, who are less likely than other voters to have suitable identification.
New York Times Jan 09, 2008 Supreme Court case: Should you be able to vote without a photo ID? Arguments over Indiana's voter-identification law, the most stringent in the US, will be heard Wednesday.
QUOTE: ...requiring all voters to show government-issued photo identification before being allowed to cast a ballot. State officials promoted the measure as protection against voter fraud. Opponents denounced it as a thinly veiled attempt to suppress Democratic voter turnout in Indiana.
Christian Science Monitor Dec 02, 2007 Chilled: Where Living in Fear Starts at the Top
QUOTE: France, once Lebanon’s ruler, left a system that favors the Christians: The president is a Maronite Catholic, the prime minister a Sunni; Parliament’s speaker is a Shiite and seats are allocated by sect. To keep the balance, there has been no census since 1932.
New York Times Nov 27, 2007 Four Killed In Protests Over Bolivian Constitution
QUOTE: Morales on Monday led a rally in La Paz of people who agree that a new political blueprint is needed to give the country's indigenous majority more political power. At the same time, opponents seeking more autonomy from his government launched counterdemonstrations in the cities of Santa Cruz and Tarija.
Washington Post Nov 11, 2007 Jordan, Fearing Islamists, Tightens Grip on Elections
QUOTE: As a result, the government has dropped plans to change its byzantine electoral law, prohibited some critics from seeking office and threatened to bar independent observers from the polls. And, with less than two weeks before the Nov. 20 vote, opposition candidates are accusing the government of rampant voter fraud.
New York Times Nov 02, 2007 Thousands Rally Against Georgia’s Once Popular President
QUOTE: Last year, Mr. Saakashvili and Parliament amended the Constitution to extend the Parliament’s term to next fall — officially, to align Parliament with the presidential election cycle — an act that the opposition said will make the legislature illegitimate when the term it was elected to expires in the spring.
New York Times Jun 14, 2007 Vote for me, dimwit: How the electorate is irrational
QUOTE: ANYONE who follows an election campaign too closely will sometimes get the feeling that politicians think voters are idiots. A new book says...voters systematically favour irrational policies.
Economist Jun 12, 2007 38 Are Convicted in Ethiopia After Political Crackdown
QUOTE: An Ethiopian court found 38 prisoners guilty Monday of charges ranging from "outrage against the constitution" to aggravated high treason in a trial the prisoners called a sham, and which international human rights groups have roundly condemned.
Washington Post Jun 07, 2007 In US's big presidential fields, who gets how much debate time?: Attention on 'top tier' candidates in this week's debates prompts calls for a more evenhanded format.
QUOTE:The presidential debates televised this week from New Hampshire are generating, well, a lot of debate. Specifically, the amount of time the camera and the microphone went to so-called "top tier" candidates, versus lesser time for lesser-known aspirants, is prompting calls for a more equal-opportunity format at this early stage in the 2008 campaign.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 05, 2007 Ukraine Deal-Making Subverts Rule Of Law
QUOTE: A new generation of political deals among elite members has brought stability, but at the expense of democratic consolidation based on the rule of law.
Forbes May 19, 2007 Associates of Jailed Saudi Activist Held: Pair's Backers Call Terror Probe an Effort to Forestall Reform
QUOTE: Two men have been arrested in recent weeks in a widening terrorism investigation that political activists say is a government attempt to silence demands for democratic reform.
Washington Post May 16, 2007 Wiretaps Raise New Problem for Colombia's Uribe: Police Unit Intercepted Calls By the Opposition, Reporters
QUOTE: Opposition politicians in Colombia demanded an explanation from President Álvaro Uribe's government on Tuesday after it was revealed that an elite police intelligence unit had for two years been illegally tapping the phones of opposition figures and journalists.
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