In your experience, is democracy a fantasy or a reality? In Algeria, elections are being held, but how likely is it that one of the “little-known” candidates would be able to oust the incumbent President? What kind of democracy is this?
In Moldova, parliament was stormed after the elections brought Communists to power, effectively a coup attempt according to officials.
In Fiji, the constitution has been suspended, and the President will restore democracy after at least 5 years, after certain chages have been made.
In Thailand, some say that the stand off between the ‘red’ and the ‘yellow’s’ could descend into serious civil strife.
There has been chronic instability and 3 prime ministers in Thailand since the last election in 2007. Only one of those was actually elected. Protestors aim to bring down the government for exactly this reason – the current administration was not elected and therefore has no legitimacy.
However, whoever is elected next may be the choice of the majority, but it’s clear that a significant minority are not interested in the democratic choice.
We talked on Wednesday about the right to protest as an essential part of democracy, but isn’t this a case of the choice of the majority being ignored? Or are there some cases where democracy does not work, and the choice of the majority isn’t necessarily in everyone’s best interest?
Three quarters of terror suspects in UK have Pakistani roots according to security services. This week, British police arrested 12 suspects, including 11 Pakistanis, over a “very big terrorist plot”. Earlier this week Pakistani President Zardari said he needed unconditional aid to fight terror: so should he get it? Is Pakistan really the country we should all be worried about, or is the threat overblown?
Immigration: Obama plans to succeed where Bush failed – is it time we all accepted how important immigrant labour is to many economies and showed some respect?
The plight of South Asian workers laid off or unpaid in the Middle East continues.. and everywhere the most vulnerable employees are often immigrants. In the UK, in Japan,
Is the idea of native hosts and guests/ invaders outdated? Or are tougher borders and strict controls needed necessary?