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#Democracy

# democracy - Friday 7 December, 2012

Column: They promised an end to stroke politics – has it worked out that way?

Gary Murphy looks at Ireland’s history of ‘stroke politics’ and asks: should we simply accept that this is the way things will always work?

# democracy - Saturday 1 December, 2012

Poll: Should the voting age be lowered to 17? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the voting age be lowered to 17?

The Constitutional Convention, kicking off today, is to consider lowering the minimum voting age. What would you do?

# democracy - Friday 23 November, 2012

Egypt: Protests rage as Morsi promises democracy

Morsi opponents began a one-week sit-in in Tahrir Square and called for a mass protest on Tuesday.

# democracy - Monday 19 November, 2012

Obama visits Aung San Suu Kyi at home, calls for more reform Burma This post contains images

Obama visits Aung San Suu Kyi at home, calls for more reform

Barack Obama has become the first sitting US President to visit the country.

# democracy - Wednesday 14 November, 2012

New political party 'Direct Democracy Ireland' launched in Dublin

The new party aims for Ireland’s political system become direct democracy rather than a representative democracy.

# democracy - Sunday 28 October, 2012

Seanad abolition: Where do the parties stand?

The government has committed to abolishing the upper house but where do the parties stand on whether it should stay or go? We asked them and here is what they told us…

# democracy - Saturday 27 October, 2012

Aaron McKenna: The Constitution is ours – so why aren’t we writing it?

Real people power would look very different to this fiction of engagement.

# democracy - Friday 21 September, 2012

Constitutional Convention aims to begin discussions next month

132 members of the public have been identified to participate – 66 of whom will be direct substitutes for the others.

# democracy - Thursday 20 September, 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi awarded with the US Congress’ highest civilian honour

Burmese democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi has been presented with the US Congress’ highest civilian honour – which she was awarded while under house arrest in 2008.

# democracy - Friday 14 September, 2012

How does the new public petitions system work?

The new system will allow citizens to get their issues “into the centre of parliament” – here’s more on how it works.

# democracy - Monday 20 August, 2012

Burma's government ends direct media censorship

Under the new rules, journalists will no longer have to submit their work to state censors before publication.

# democracy - Sunday 15 July, 2012

Clinton urges Egypt to commit to "strong democracy"

Clinton met with the country’s new president, Mohammed Morsi, this weekend, as well as other prominent Egyptians.

# democracy - Saturday 30 June, 2012

Annan warns 'history will judge' the world's failure on Syria

The former UN chief has convened a meeting of foreign ministers to try and broker a deal on Syria – but it’s looking unlikely.

# democracy - Friday 22 June, 2012

Fine Gael TD calls for elections and referenda to be held at weekends Voting This post contains a poll

Fine Gael TD calls for elections and referenda to be held at weekends

Alan Farrell wants polling days to be held on Saturdays or Sundays in order to prevent school disruptions and allow for more people to vote.

# democracy - Tuesday 19 June, 2012

Video: Aung San Suu Kyi making speech in Dublin Aung San Suu Kyi This post contains videos

Video: Aung San Suu Kyi making speech in Dublin

See the video from within Bord Gáis Energy Theatre where she paid tribute to Ireland’s highlighting of her case.

# democracy - Saturday 16 June, 2012

21 years later: Aung San Suu Kyi accepts Nobel Peace Prize

The Burmese pro-democracy campaigner finally delivered her Nobel Lecture in Oslo this afternoon.

# democracy - Thursday 31 May, 2012

What effect might the turnout have on the Fiscal Compact referendum?

Voting started slowly today… but does it ultimately matter? Here are the lessons learned from our previous referendums…

Where’s my polling station? Do I need ID? How to cast your vote today

Ireland’s 3.13 million registered voters have the opportunity to cast their votes in hundreds of polling stations across Ireland’s 43 constituencies today.

# democracy - Monday 28 May, 2012

PHOTOS: People living on Donegal islands go to the polls Democracy This post contains images

PHOTOS: People living on Donegal islands go to the polls

Some of the 750 voters on the islands off the Donegal coast cast their ballots in the referendum today, three days before the rest of the country.

# democracy - Wednesday 23 May, 2012

Egypt goes to the polls in first post-Mubarak election

Millions of Egyptians have been queuing to vote today, less than two weeks before Mubarak is due to be sentenced.

# democracy - Sunday 20 May, 2012

Explainer: Does Dublin need a directly-elected mayor and how likely is it? Local Governent This post contains a poll

Explainer: Does Dublin need a directly-elected mayor and how likely is it?

It has been suggested for years, it even came close to happening two years ago but what chance a Boris Johnson or a Micheal Bloomberg for Dublin and Ireland’s other cities. TheJournal.ie investigates…

# democracy - Monday 23 April, 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi boycotts Burma's parliament over oath

Meanwhile, the EU has announced lifting sanctions against Burma after year of political reform.

# democracy - Saturday 21 April, 2012

Japan to forgive €2.8 billion of Burma's debt

Japan is to take steps to forgive about 300 billion yen (€2.8 billion) of Burma’s debt and resume development aid in a bid to support democratic and economic reforms in the country.

# democracy - Monday 2 April, 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi claims victory in Burma election Burma This post contains videos

Aung San Suu Kyi claims victory in Burma election

The long-persecuted opposition leader could be set to take office in the isolated country for the first time.

# democracy - Wednesday 22 February, 2012

President warns of democratic and intellectual crises

Michael D Higgins told the audience at the LSE that if Ireland had retained some of the elements of its national revival, the economic collapse may not be as bad as it is.

# democracy - Tuesday 21 February, 2012

Mugabe says he is "fit as a fiddle" and compares himself to Jesus

The Zimbabwean president, speaking on his 88th birthday, also gave tips on how to live a long life.

# democracy - Sunday 19 February, 2012

Column: Politicians can’t fix Ireland – ordinary people must take the lead

The financial crisis was sparked by a broken system. If we’re going to fix this we can’t leave it up to politicians, write Bronagh Geraghty and John Hughes.

# democracy - Wednesday 15 February, 2012

Syria sets date for referendum on draft constitution Assad Regime This post contains images

Syria sets date for referendum on draft constitution

Read President Assad’s rambling statement on the future of the country. Plus, rare non-government images from inside Syria.

# democracy - Tuesday 14 February, 2012

Column: Don’t trust the government? Then let’s put local people in power

Call them gombeens if you want – but handing money and power to local councils would help fix our democracy, writes Aaron McKenna.

# democracy - Monday 13 February, 2012

TDs play down report of possible ‘email filter’

TDs have dismissed newspaper suggestions that they are looking at ways of blocking some emails from the public.

# democracy - Monday 30 January, 2012

Varadkar: Referendums are not "very democratic"

He’s not a fan.

# democracy - Wednesday 18 January, 2012

Column: Ireland has moved on, and we need a new Constitution

When Ireland reframes its founding document it must be for everyone, not just politicians – writes Labour TD Dominic Hannigan.

# democracy - Monday 16 January, 2012

The story behind the giant banner on St Stephen's Green

You may have seen the picture of Abdulhadi Al Khawaja – but do you know why a three-storey-high banner of him is hanging from a building in the centre of Dublin?

# democracy - Saturday 14 January, 2012

Praise for Burma's release of political prisoners

Some 651 political activists, bloggers, a former prime minister and heads of ethnic minority groups were released yesterday under a presidential pardon allowing them to take part in “nation-building.”

# democracy - Wednesday 11 January, 2012

Column: Abolish the Seanad? Here's a better idea to fix our political system

Parish-pump politics is crippling our democracy – so Simon Tuohy offers a radical new proposal to fix the system.

# democracy - Tuesday 10 January, 2012

Explainer: How are Ireland's constituencies being redrawn?

The Constituency Commission is cutting the number of TDs and redrawing our electoral map. Here’s everything you need to know about what will happen…

# democracy - Wednesday 21 December, 2011

Column: UCC’s Nick Griffin invitation is a game – and fascism is the winner

The invitation to the BNP leader will spark a predictable cycle of outrage – but nobody involved is considering the real victims, writes Gavan Titley.

# democracy - Sunday 18 December, 2011

More than 440 wounded during clashes in Egypt

Military police have been shown in video footage dragging women by the hair, even stripping the shirt off one veiled woman, and ferociously beating, kicking and stomping on protesters.

# democracy - Friday 16 December, 2011

Column: We need a new politics – and here’s how it might work

Any new system must transform public anger at politicians into real engagement. Senator Fiach Mac Conghail writes about how We The Citizens did it.

# democracy - Saturday 10 December, 2011

Huge day of protest against vote fraud begins in Russia

Tens of thousands of Russians are due to attend protests today over allegedly fraudulent parliamentary elections.