Tag Archive | Democracy

Maduro wants to rewrite Venezuela’s constitution. That’s rocket fuel on the fire.

Maduro wants to rewrite Venezuela’s constitution. That’s rocket fuel on the fire.

When your house is burning and smack in the path of a Category 5 hurricane, it’s probably not the best time to tear down the frame and jackhammer the foundation.

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Rodrigo Duterte: A new era in the Philippines

Rodrigo Duterte: A new era in the Philippines

“The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born,” Italian thinker Antonio Gramsci once said. Three decades after the downfall of the Marcos dictatorship, which left deep and lasting wounds on an impoverished nation, the Filipino people are once again clamouring for “change”. Amid a zeitgeist of “grievance politics“, a significant […]

Syria holds election as peace talks resume

Syria holds election as peace talks resume

Syrians voted in a parliamentary election in government-held areas of the country on Wednesday in what they called a show of support for President Bashar al-Assad, while his opponents and Western powers denounced the poll as illegitimate. The election went ahead independently of a UN-led peace process aimed at ending the five-year-long war. A second […]

China, Cambodia ink new economic pact

China, Cambodia ink new economic pact

On March 25, China and Cambodia inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in science and technology. The MoU, valid for 3 years, will see the Chinese side train Cambodian officials in science, technology and innovation. The MoU was publicized by both sides as an injection of human capital investment to address skill shortage […]

Myanmar’s first non-military president in decades

Myanmar’s first non-military president in decades

Members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s victorious National League for Democracy (NLD) were in tears on Wednesday as Myanmar swore in its first president with no military ties in more than half a century. Htin Kyaw, a close friend and confidant of the Nobel peace prize laureate, was hand-picked by her to run Myanmar’s government […]

Haiti’s President steps down, leaving no successor

Haiti’s President steps down, leaving no successor

Haitian President Michel Martelly has stepped down from office, leaving the nation with no successor after elections marred by allegations of fraud were postponed twice. Martelly, who leaves the post after five years in office, delivered a farewell address to Haiti’s National Assembly on Sunday. Two presidential runoffs in October and December were postponed amid security […]

Ethiopia’s ruling party wins in general election

Ethiopia’s ruling party wins in general election

Ethiopia’s ruling party and its allies achieved a clean sweep in last month’s general election, winning all 546 parliamentary seats, the final results showed. Prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) scored a landslide victory, stripping the opposition of the one seat it had held in the outgoing chamber, said Merga Bekana, […]