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Voter ID Lawsnew

Voter ID laws have become a political flashpoint in what's gearing up to be another close election year. Supporters say the laws — which 30 states have now enacted in some form — are needed to combat voter fraud, while critics see them as a tactic to disenfranchise voters. We've taken a step back to look at the facts behind the laws and break down the issues at the heart of the debate.
Gambit  |  Suevon Lee, ProPublica  |  08-28-2012  |  Elections

Why do we keep voting for the same old hucksters?new

Standing before the cameras at North Charleston City Hall two weeks ago, Sen. Glenn McConnell looked like he was the one pleading guilty to ethics violations and resigning his office. Instead, the grim-faced politician was stepping up from the post of Senate president pro tempore to the office of lieutenant governor.
Charleston City Paper  |  Will Moredock  |  03-27-2012  |  Commentary

Why get involved in politics when nothing ever seems to change?new

My sanest friends are usually those who spend their time far away from the world of politics. Their main concerns are their wives or husbands, girlfriends or boyfriends, kids, family, and everything but the ongoing mischief in Washington. I think this is quite normal. Some talk radio hosts and conservative pundits constantly criticize Americans who aren't politically engaged. Not me. In fact, I often feel like joining them.
Charleston City Paper  |  Jack Hunter  |  03-27-2012  |  Commentary

Social Media Government

A social media mechanism that allows every American citizen to propose public policy (foreign and domestic) and vote on such proposals, on the other hand, would effectively put every single politician out of work.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  01-02-2012  |  Commentary

Cartoon: Honduran Hypocrisynew

Obama accuses his critics on Honduras. In the past, he says, critics complained that the US replaced democratically-elected leaders in Latin America with dictators. Now that a dictator has supplanted a democratically-elected president in Honduras, the US is refusing to lift a finger. Our new lack of involvement on behalf of a dictator, in other words, marks a departure from our previous involvement on behalf of dictators. Obama: the new Bush of logic.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  08-13-2009  |  Cartoons

Missouri Professor Hopes to Bring Democracy to Sudannew

There are plenty of reasons for Abdullahi Ibrahim not to run in 2010's Sudanese presidential election. The election could be rigged. The repressive ruling regime could target opposing candidates. But that's exactly why Ibrahim decided to run -- and why he believes he can win.
The Pitch  |  Carolyn Szczepanski  |  07-21-2009  |  Politics

What Can Americans Do to Help Iran's Democracy Movement?new

Even though I'm an Iranian-American and think you're kind of a bigot for asking me, I'm going to answer you, anyway.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Andisheh Nouraee  |  07-07-2009  |  Commentary

Iraq's Democracy is on Shaky Foundationsnew

Iraq really does have a kind of democracy now, even if the price was very high. But it is a democracy built on shaky foundations, and one of the shakiest bits is the relationship with the United States.
NOW Magazine  |  Gwynne Dyer  |  10-27-2008  |  International

John McCain, the U.S. and the Latest Russian Crisisnew

If Randy Scheunemann's Georgian connections provide even a scintilla of influence over a potential President McCain's decision on whether we go to war on that country's behalf, that is the very antithesis of democracy. But how many Americans are aware of any of this, as the news gulls continue regurgitating the myth of McCain as the strong and forthright policy expert?
INDY Week  |  Derek Jennings  |  08-21-2008  |  Commentary

Scary Books for Summertime Readingnew

Curl up with a few blood-curdling accounts of what is happening to America: Scott McClellan's What Happened, Vincent Bugliosi's The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, Sheldon Wolin's Democracy, Inc.: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism, and Elliot D. Cohen's The Last Days of Democracy: How Big Media and Power-Hungry Government Are Turning America into a Dictatorship.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  John F. Sugg  |  06-25-2008  |  Books

Spreading Democracy?new

This shit should be obvious to everybody: Going to war to spread democracy? Talk about missing the point. The only acceptable way to spread the kind of democracy that's worth spreading is to be the best damn example of it we can be. Everything else is hypocrisy.
San Diego CityBeat  |  Edwin Decker  |  11-14-2007  |  Commentary

Land of Micro-Warsnew

An exiled poet doesn't like what's happening to America's democracy.
Tucson Weekly  |  Joan Schuman  |  03-17-2005  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Bullets and Ballotsnew

How can free elections take place under occupation?
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Rob Eshelman  |  01-26-2005  |  War

Destroying Babylonnew

Forget the elections -- Iraq is falling apart. Besides, as the on-the-scene reporter observes, calling them elections is a bit of stretch.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Dahr Jamail  |  01-26-2005  |  War

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