Democracy

Which Should Come First, Development or Democracy?

Which Should Come First, Development or Democracy?

By Najat AlSaied, Saudi Academic
Location United Kingdom United Kingdom

It is ironic that the West stresses democracy in Arab countries while forgetting that liberal systems preceded democratic ones in Western Europe. One of the chief aspirations of the Arab world is to catch up with developed nations and to hold a privileged position on the global stage. In order to determine the right way to get there, we must ask this question: Do we apply democratic principles immediately or begin with development before democratization? […]

May 6, 2014 · 2 comments · Democracy, Politics
Bangladesh Needs Global Help to Fight Terror

Bangladesh Needs Global Help to Fight Terror

By Paulo Casaca, Founder of South Asian Democratic Forum
Location Portugal Portugal

The world is beginning to understand that democracy is under siege in a country vital to global interests. It is time for world powers to fully back the democratic government of Bangladesh and support its fight against domestic terror. BRUSSELS, Belgium — There is a struggle underway for the soul of Bangladesh. On one side is the democratically elected government and millions of other Bangladeshis who supports a multi-party system, religious tolerance and women’s rights. On […]

February 8, 2014 · 2 comments · Bangladesh, Democracy, Politics
King Abdullah: Reformer or Re-enforcer of Absolute Rule?

King Abdullah: Reformer or Re-enforcer of Absolute Rule?

By Ali Alyami, Executive Director of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
Location United States United States

Realizing that his era is coming to an end, King Abdullah has rearranged the deck of cards to ensure that his wing of the ruling family remains in power after he no longer rules. King Abdullah has placed his sons and other trusted second generation princes in key positions primarily to secure the House of Saud’s supremacy and perpetual rule. Additionally, the king and his royal supporters are determined to deny the Sudari clan the […]

January 13, 2014 · 0 comments · Democracy, Politics, Saudi Arabia
Liberals Face a Daunting Task in Pakistan

Liberals Face a Daunting Task in Pakistan

By Kiyya Qadir Baloch, Freelance Baloch Journalist at the Daily Times
Location Pakistan Pakistan

Mumtaz Qadri’s killing of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer for protecting basic religious and human rights should be a wake up call for all liberals and people of conscience in Pakistan. ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — It is difficult to change a society where leaders and opinion makers not only support an infamous law but also demands the release of a cold-blooded murderer who kills ruthlessly. Mumtaz Qadri, a proudly self-admitted assassin of a so-called blasphemer Punjab Governor […]

January 4, 2014 · 0 comments · Democracy, Pakistan, Politics
Credit: nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com.

3 Female Human Rights Activists You Should Know – and Follow on Twitter!

By Michael Sharnoff, Founder and Editor of Sharnoff's Global Views
Location United States United States

International female voices speaking up for equality, justice and human rights. For a society to  be truly free, women must enjoy equal rights with men. All nations have at times experienced struggles implementing legislation on women’s rights – whether with female suffrage or fair treatment in the workplace. How well are women treated in your country? Do they enjoy equality with men and have the opportunity to fully participate in civic society, occupy positions of […]

December 22, 2013 · 0 comments · Democracy, Politics
The Indian Supreme Court Ruling on Section 377: Part Two

The Indian Supreme Court Ruling on Section 377: Part Two

By Gajanan Khergamker, Independent Editor and Legal Counsel
Location India India

The Indian Supreme Court is only empowered to examine the “intention” of the legislature. In upholding the law, the Indian Supreme Court is only empowered to examine the “intention” of the legislature. And, in that, the Supreme Court has laid that the onus of deleting the provision rests upon the legislature. Where the question of Section 377’s constitutionality is concerned, there was no ambiguity. India is the world’s largest democracy and ruled by laws legislated […]

December 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Democracy, India, Politics, South Asia
Speakers addressing International Human Rights Day Seminar, Karachi Press Club. Photo courtesy of Kiyya Baloch.

Why Has The World Neglected Balochistan?

By Kiyya Qadir Baloch, Freelance Baloch Journalist at the Daily Times
Location Pakistan Pakistan

Why does the international community mourn the loss of Nelson Mandela while ignoring the thousands of forced kidnappings and missing persons in Balochistan? Noor Maryam, a young Pakistani female human rights activists and co-founder of Pakistan Youth Alliance, says the forced kidnappings in Pakistan’s restive southwestern Balochistan province represents the worst type of human rights abuse. Noor says that the abduction of political workers in this region is a violation of the Pakistani constitution and […]