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What's Changing? - Democracy


Global democracy suffered a significant regression in 2017, according to The Economist's latest annual Democracy Index published today. The Index – which assesses the state of democracy in 165 independent states and two territories in 2017 – has recorded the worst performance since the aftermath of the global financial and economic crisis in 2010. Not a single region recorded an improvement in its average score in 2017 compared with 2016.

On Democracy

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Around 40 national elections will take place in 2014, noted The Economist, representing 42% of the world’s population and more than half of its GDP. It is a year filled with firsts. The first democratic parliamentary election in Fiji. The first directly elected president of Turkey.The first European Union election since 2009 - before the full effects of the financial crisis and the growth of Eurosceptic parties. Yet the dominant theme is stability, according to Alberto Nardelli of Electionista, which tracks elections and politics.

Inspired to strive for food sovereignty worldwide

Grassroots groups worldwide are promoting a new framework to radically alter the way we produce and distribute food.  Uniting behind the banner of "food sovereignty", people are working not just for access to food, but for communities to have the right to democratically define their own food and agricultural systems without harming other people or the environment.

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Television is the first truly democratic culture - the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want -- Clive Alexander Barnes (b. 1927), British journalist, critic, author

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I'm very much an activist. I grew up in Russia during the height of the Cold War, a very restrictive communist society that didn't allow the individual to have a voice. Since moving to this country when I was 10, I've always had this drive to democratise the human voice. Technology is just a tool, and the Internet will be our tool to democratise television - Dmitry Shapiro, Founder and CEO, Veoh Networks Inc., San Diego, California

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Democracy is coming to the USA - Leonard Cohen