Category - democracy

  • May 13, 2014

    “They showed themselves weak in trying to frighten us.” My grandfather's words about the Blackshirts, born out of his experience of the conflict of Cable Street, have stayed in my mind. As a young child, I sensed their import, even though I had little understanding of the context or the meaning. I revisited his words with an adult understanding in the light of two occasions of weak and ugly behaviours from UKIP supporters over the last few days.

  • May 6, 2014

    Extremist politician Narendra Modi has dangerously inflamed religious tension during the Indian election. “This is the land of Lord Ram,” he declared in Faizabad, standing in front of a picture of the god. In 1992 fanatics tore down a nearby mosque and pledged to build a temple to Ram in its place.

  • April 25, 2014

    Supporters of far-right candidate Narendra Modi have condemned a college principal for speaking up for justice and the environment during India’s parliamentary election. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) complained to the Electoral Commission about Frazer Mascarenhas, principal of St Xavier’s College and a Jesuit priest.

  • January 30, 2014

    Political reform group Unlock Democracy has called the Lobbying Bill, which will now become law in the UK, "a huge blow to democracy".

  • January 29, 2014

    The UK government may believe it has triumphed by overturning even the House of Lords’ modest amendments to the Lobbying Bill. When this becomes law, it will gravely damage democracy and human rights. But defenders of freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association will not give up easily.

  • January 23, 2014

    "Don't give up" is the message to members of the House of Lords, as the Lobbying Bill returns to the second chamber on 28 January.

  • January 22, 2014

    NGOs have reacted with anger after the government used the whip to vote down amendments to its controversial Lobbying Bill.

  • January 15, 2014
  • January 12, 2014

    In an astonishing attack on the government's much-criticised Lobbying Bill, a senior UN rapporteur has called it a threat to democracy.

  • December 20, 2013

    The latest podcast from Middle East and North Africa (MENA) analyst Dr Harry Hagopian looks at the prospects for democracy in a region battered by violence and conflict.