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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: 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.
Washington Post Feb 15, 2007 Turkmen President Installed After Vote Opponents Dispute
QUOTE: There was no full-scale international monitoring of the vote, but officials with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which sent a handful of observers, said privately that the election was neither free nor fair. Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Ángel Moratinos, whose country currently chairs the OSCE, urged Turkmenistan to "commit itself to a process of political reform and democratization."
Washington Post Feb 07, 2007 Detained Saudis Described as Democracy Activists
QUOTE: Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy, has a consultative council appointed by the government, and carried out limited municipal elections in 2005. Despite Abdullah's cautious steps toward reform, the kingdom continues to show little tolerance for political opposition. It imposes strict limits on freedom of expression and bans public gatherings and political parties
Washington Post Feb 01, 2007 Leader of Thai Junta Promises Vote in '07: General Defends Coup, Says Army Will Cede Power
QUOTE: The leader of Thailand's ruling military junta vowed Wednesday to hold democratic elections before the end of the year, saying the army would immediately hand over control to a civilian government following the inauguration of a new prime minister.
Washington Post Jan 31, 2007 Venezuela Poised to Hand Chávez Wide-Ranging Powers
QUOTE: Two months after Chávez was reelected to another six-year term by an overwhelming margin, Venezuela is experiencing a fundamental shift in its political and economic climate that could remake the country in a way perhaps not seen in Latin America since Fidel Castro took power in Cuba in 1959. On Wednesday, the National Assembly is expected to entrust him with tremendous powers that will allow him to dictate new laws for 18 months to transform the economy, redraw the structure of government and establish a new funding apparatus for Venezuela's huge oil wealth.
Washington Post Oct 20, 2006 Russia Halts Activities of Many Groups From Abroad
QUOTE: Russia on Thursday suspended the activities of Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the International Republican Institute and more than 90 other foreign nongovernmental organizations, saying they failed to meet the registration requirements of a controversial new law designed to bring activists here under much closer government scrutiny.
Washington Post Sep 30, 2006 U.N. Security Council Takes Up Discussion of Rights in Burma
QUOTE: Members of the U.N. Security Council met yesterday behind closed doors to discuss the political situation in Burma for the first time, and afterward the U.S. ambassador, John R. Bolton, said the United States would push for a resolution on human rights and freedom for political prisoners to be voted on later this year.
Washington Post May 18, 2006 Nepal Backs Ceremonial Monarchy
QUOTE: Nepal's newly reinstated parliament gave overwhelming approval Thursday to a plan that would strip King Gyanendra of all but ceremonial powers, revoking his control of the army and palace budget and requiring the royal family to pay taxes.
Washington Post Apr 22, 2006 Afghans' Uneasy Peace With Democracy: In Discord Over Convert's Trial, Muslims Say They Identify With Islamic Law First
QUOTE: Ask most Afghans about the potential conflicts between Islam and democracy, such as those exposed by the Rahman case, and they vigorously deny the questions' premise. Many point out that Afghanistan now has a freely elected president and parliament, an independent judiciary and press, and a new constitution that says no laws shall contradict the principles of Islam.
Washington Post Feb 16, 2006 Internet Firms Address China Practices
QUOTE: ... companies such as Yahoo Inc., Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp., all of which view China both as a giant business opportunity and a worrying regulatory challenge because of the government's censorship and human rights policies. Members of Congress and human rights advocates said the companies have made unacceptable compromises to advance their business interests.
Washington Post Jan 25, 2006 The Realities of Exporting Democracy: A Year After Bush Recast Foreign Policy, Progress Remains Mixed
QUOTE: While the administration has enjoyed notable success in promoting liberty in some places, it has applied the speech's principles inconsistently in others ...Washington has stepped up pressure on repressive regimes in countries such as Belarus, Burma and Zimbabwe -- where the costs of a confrontation are minimal...
Washington Post Jan 11, 2006 Peru's Election Board Rejects Candidacy of Jailed Ex-Leader
QUOTE: In rejecting Fujimori's application, [Peru's--Ed.] electoral board cited a congressional order imposed in 2001 that banned him from holding office for at least 10 years. Fujimori, 67, has argued that the ban is unconstitutional.
Washington Post Jan 04, 2006 Palestinians Kick Off Campaign Amid Signs of 2nd Postponement
QUOTE: The leading Palestinian political parties kicked off campaigns for parliament on Tuesday, but there was a growing possibility that balloting would be postponed as two prominent candidates had confrontations with Israeli authorities in East Jerusalem, where Israel has prohibited election activities.
Washington Post Jan 01, 2006 Chinese Activists Targeted by Thug Violence: Farmers' Advocate Blames Attack on Officials Even as Party Functionaries Bring Flowers
QUOTE: ...China's provincial, city and county governments are turning to small-time hoodlums to carry out violent repression without directly involving uniformed policemen or agents of the Public Security Ministry.
Washington Post Dec 25, 2005 Egypt Jails Opposition Leader for 5 Years: Rights Groups Denounce Nour's Forgery Conviction as Politically Motivated
QUOTE: An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced Ayman Nour, the lawyer and politician who challenged President Hosni Mubarak at the polls, to five years in prison on charges of forging petitions. Supporters and human rights groups denounced the conviction as an outrage.
Washington Post Dec 25, 2005 In Iraq, A Push For Unity On Vote: Factions Negotiate Following Protests
QUOTE: After angry street protests and charges of vote-rigging in last week's elections heightened tensions in an already divided Iraq, U.S. officials and leaders of the country's main factions are negotiating the formation of a government that would represent all groups in hopes of heading off further fragmentation and a possible surge of violence.
Washington Post Dec 22, 2005 Hong Kong Rejects Modest Reforms: Pro-Democracy Lawmakers Say Beijing-Backed Political Changes Didn't Go Far Enough
QUOTE: Hong Kong's pro-democracy opposition voted down a modest political reform plan Wednesday that it described as an attempt to sidestep public demands for general elections, dealing a sharp defeat to the local government and its allies in Beijing.
Washington Post Dec 22, 2005 Wary of Dissent, Tunisia Makes War on the Web: Despite Country's Relative Openness, Internet Postings Landing Some Critics in Jail
QUOTE: Tunisian security officials are making war on the Internet to prevent critics from using it to launch attacks on the government and Ben Ali, who has been in power for 18 years.
Washington Post Dec 21, 2005 Sunni, Secular Groups Demand New Vote: Claims That Iraqi Ballot Was Rigged Threaten to Derail Government, Boost Insurgency
QUOTE: Sunni and secular political groups angrily claimed Tuesday that last week's Iraqi national election was rigged, demanded a new vote and threatened to leave a shambles the delicate plan to bring the country's wary factions together in a new government.
Washington Post Dec 08, 2005 Police Attack Voters During Last Day of Egypt Election
QUOTE: Clashes between riot police and irate voters broke out in several towns that were strongholds of opposition to President Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party. Police have increasingly intervened in the parliamentary vote, which was spread out over almost four weeks when it became clear that candidates representing the formally outlawed Muslim Brotherhood would win a significant number of the contested seats.
Washington Post Dec 05, 2005 Crowd Rallies for Democracy in Hong Kong: Tens of Thousands Urge Timetable for Universal Suffrage
QUOTE: Tens of thousands of people marched through Hong Kong on Sunday to protest the slow pace of democratic reform in this former British colony, but the territory's Beijing-backed leader again rejected demands to set a timetable for achieving universal suffrage.
Washington Post Nov 27, 2005 Chechens Head to Polls Voicing Mistrust: Many See Putin Loyalist Dictating Outcome of Elections for Local Parliament
QUOTE: Voters go to the polls in Chechnya on Sunday to choose a new local parliament, an election that the Kremlin hopes will further a policy of "normalization" in the conflict-torn republic. But many Chechens and analysts predict little effect on the violence and corruption that has exhausted and alienated a population desperate for peace.
Washington Post Nov 26, 2005 In Chinese Uprisings, A Hidden Hand of Aid: Protesters Gain Help of Veteran Activists
QUOTE: Taishi has become a milestone in the peasant uprisings that increasingly are breaking out around China, generating open concern in President Hu Jintao's government and in the Communist Party. In Taishi's rebellion, outraged local farmers for the first time received help from outside political activists and Beijing-based intellectuals whose politics were shaped in part by the 1989 democracy movement.
Washington Post Nov 24, 2005 Grass-Roots Activism Faces Setback in Russia: Legislators Endorse Tough Restrictions
QUOTE: ...force local organizations, from medical charities to human rights groups, to re-register with a state body that would examine their activities and decide if they could continue their operations. The law would also restrict the ability of Russian nongovernmental organizations, or NGOs, to accept foreign grants or employ foreigners.
Washington Post Nov 12, 2005 Liberians Protest Soccer Star's Defeat: In Presidential Runoff, Monitors Say Apparent Victory by Economist Was Largely Fair
QUOTE: Supporters of former Liberian soccer star George Weah clashed with U.N. peacekeepers Friday in the capital after results of a presidential runoff election showed his apparent defeat by Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, a former World Bank official.
Washington Post Nov 11, 2005 Pushing the Envelope on Iranian Repression
QUOTE: The election in June of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad , a former mayor of Tehran, threatens to erase the gains made by a civil society trying to organize and energize against all odds, Memarian said in an interview last Friday in Washington. But reformers are still working to expose arbitrary detentions, prisoner abuse and other injustices.
Washington Post Nov 03, 2005 Francis Fukuyama: History in the Remaking
QUOTE: So Fukuyama has a little lecture for the Europeans: Deep-six the multiculturalism. Tolerance should be extended to individuals, not to groups, which will inevitably jockey for more and more recognition, respect and autonomy, at the expense of democratic cohesiveness.
Washington Post Oct 23, 2005 Who Should Redistrict?
QUOTE: ...how many of the complaints about elections would really disappear simply by taking the redistricting process out of the hands of elected officials? Houston says districts should be compact and competitive, but in California, like-minded people tend to cluster.
New York Times Aug 14, 2005 Trading Places: Can a Land Swap Keep Jews From Being a Minority in Their Own State?
QUOTE: The Israeli left opposes the Wadi Ara swap as both immoral and impractical. A state cannot simply divorce its citizens for convenience.
Washington Post Jul 30, 2005 Unending Graft Is Threatening Latin America
QUOTE: Brazil's scandal is just the latest reminder of the unremitting corruption that has marked Latin American politics since colonial times, when absolute rulers regarded newly conquered realms in the New World as their personal property.
New York Times May 22, 2005 Lebanon's Election: Free but Not Fair
QUOTE: With Syria gone, Lebanon's elections will be free, but they won't be fair. In Lebanon, Muslim votes, especially Shiite votes, count less than those of Christians.
Washington Post Feb 08, 2005 Nepal's King Cracks Down on Politics and News Media
QUOTE: ...Nepal's king ended the country's 15-year experiment with democracy and took power for himself, imposing a state of emergency and suspending a host of civil liberties...
New York Times Feb 01, 2005 NAACP Resists IRS Investigation
QUOTE: The NAACP announced yesterday that it is refusing to comply with an Internal Revenue Service investigation into its tax-exempt status that was launched last year after its chairman criticized the Bush administration in a speech.
Washington Post Aug 18, 2004 China Jails Hong Kong Democrat
QUOTE: The arrest of a pro-democracy Hong Kong candidate in mainland China on charges of soliciting a prostitute touched off a media furor in the former British colony...and fueled suspicion that Beijing was trying to influence next month's legislative election.
Los Angeles Times Jun 24, 2004 Pelosi Seeks House Minority 'Bill of Rights'
QUOTE: House Democrats' anger at heavy-handed Republican tactics reached a new level yesterday, with the chamber's top Democrat asking the House speaker to embrace a "Bill of Rights" for the minority, regardless which party it is.
Washington Post Jun 14, 2004 Israel's Example
QUOTE: Is it ever right to torture a captured terroristfor instance to obtain information about a future attack that could result in the deaths of American civilians? A few years ago Israels High Court of Justice considered this question with respect to Palestinian terrorists and Israeli civilians. Its answer? Almost never.
Washington Post May 16, 2004 Pioneers Fill War Chest, Then Capitalize
QUOTE: Of the 246 fundraisers [for Bush] identified by The Post as Pioneers in the 2000 campaign, 104 -- or slightly more than 40 percent -- ended up in a job or an appointment.
Washington Post Apr 27, 2004 China Bars Steps by Hong Kong Toward More Democratic Voting
QUOTE: Beijing on Monday barred popular elections for Hong Kong's chief executive in 2007 and ruled out any expanded voting by the general public for the legislature in 2008...
New York Times Apr 26, 2004 Florida Legislators Take on a Voter Right
QUOTE: Florida is among 24 states that let residents bypass their elected leaders and put proposals to amend the Constitution directly on the ballot...But lawmakers have long complained that the process unfairly burdens the state by mandating expensive new programs.
New York Times Jan 12, 2004 Introducing the New Third Rail: Immigration: Rising illegal immigration spells big trouble for the U.S. But what's a politician to do?
QUOTE: ...if you can't pay your bill, the hospital can track you down and garnish your wages. But the illegal immigrant can't be tracked and doesn't pay the bill. You pay it, through your taxes. You dope.
Fortune Jan 07, 2004 The Boomers' Time Bomb Denial
QUOTE: ...economist Peter Heller of the International Monetary Fund observes that average citizens have been enablers of the politics of denial. No less than their leaders, they're shortsighted, he argues. Or perhaps just selfish.
Washington Post Jan 01, 2004 New Math Adds Up to an Extended Run for Ukraine's President
QUOTE: "The [Ukranian--Ed.]Constitutional Court has simply turned into an instrument to serve the authorities..."
New York Times Dec 19, 2003 Impeachment Process Begins in Lithuania
QUOTE: The Lithuanian Parliament formally began impeachment proceedings Thursday against the country's embattled president, who stands accused of close links to an alleged Russian mobster.
Washington Post Nov 06, 2003 Conservatives Celebrate Winning One for the Gipper
QUOTE: "It was astonishing to see the Republican National Committee demand that CBS subject the program to a historical review panel or apply a running crawl labeling it a work of fiction..."
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