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# 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.

# democracy - Monday 28 November, 2011

Egypt goes to the polls - amid turmoil on the streets Egypt This post contains images

Egypt goes to the polls - amid turmoil on the streets

The parliamentary elections are significant as it is the first time Egyptians have voted since the overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarak in February.

# democracy - Wednesday 23 November, 2011

Column: Ireland, we need to talk about Europe

Future EU measures could mean a total fiscal union. If that’s the case, we may as well give up democracy altogether, writes Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy.

# democracy - Monday 21 November, 2011

Aung San Suu Kyi to run in Burma elections

The pro-democracy leader has announced that she is to formally end her political boycott and run in elections.

# democracy - Friday 28 October, 2011

From The42 Fans bring a halt to Stamford Bridge move Democracy

Fans bring a halt to Stamford Bridge move

Roman Abramovich’s plan to move Chelsea to a new, 60,000-seat stadium has been put on indefinite hold after a fractious meeting with the Chelsea Pitch Owners.

# democracy - Monday 24 October, 2011

Plans for Sharia-based law in Libya unveiled

Libya’s interim rulers have begun laying out their plans for their two-year transition to democracy – and said that Islamic Sharia law would be the “basic source” of legislation.

# democracy - Sunday 23 October, 2011

Tunisia set to vote in first free elections

Tunisian men and women go to the polls today in the first free elections since the country gained independence from France in 1956.

# democracy - Saturday 22 October, 2011

Enthusiasm builds for Tunisia's first free elections

Tunisians go to the polls tomorrow in the country’s first free elections since it gained independence from France in 1956.

Libya's liberation to be declared on Sunday

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril has said that elections will be held within eight months.

# democracy - Thursday 20 October, 2011

Gaddafi's hometown taken by Libyan forces

Libyan fighters for the interim government have reportedly hoisted their flag over the city of Sirte, the last hold-out of those loyal to former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

# democracy - Monday 17 October, 2011

Burma allows trade unions for first time since 1962

Burma has lifted bans on the formation of labour unions and the staging of strikes, which have been in place for almost 50 years.

# democracy - Thursday 4 August, 2011

Syrian president allows creation of opposition political parties

Bashar Assad will permit a legitimate opposition against him – but France has decried the move as “provocation”.

# democracy - Friday 1 July, 2011

Nine dead in Syria as biggest ever anti-Assad protests take place People Power This post contains videos This post contains images

Nine dead in Syria as biggest ever anti-Assad protests take place

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to streets all across Syria to protest against President Bashar al-Assad’s current regime.

# democracy - Saturday 4 June, 2011

China rounds up more critics on anniversary of Tiananmen protests China This post contains videos

China rounds up more critics on anniversary of Tiananmen protests

22 years on from the “counter-revolutionary riot” of Tiananmen Square, demonstrators are silenced once more.

# democracy - Sunday 17 April, 2011

E-voting machines to finally be scrapped this year

Environment minister Phil Hogan orders a taskforce to to prepare a tender for the sale or disposal of the 7,500 machines.

# democracy - Tuesday 12 April, 2011

New political initiative plans citizens’ assembly to ‘renew democracy’ Democracy This post contains videos

New political initiative plans citizens’ assembly to ‘renew democracy’

‘We the Citizens’ will hold seven regional meetings ahead of a national event aimed at restoring trust in public life.

# democracy - Friday 25 March, 2011

Chinese activist sentenced to 10 years in jail

This is the third time Liu Xanbin has been put in jail by Chinese authorities.

# democracy - Sunday 14 November, 2010

Aung San Suu Kyi calls for dialogue with Burma's generals

The time has come to “sort out our differences across the table” says Suu Kyi.