Tag: election

Batman’s Armenian Mission

Armenia (EAN) – Batman on April 2 set aside the cares of Gotham City and descended on Yerevan to help guard democracy amidst a parliamentary election that could prove a turning point for Armenia. With his cape flying behind him, the Dark Knight…

Gambian President Jammeh to Concede Defeat in Election

The Gambia’s autocratic president, Yahya Jammeh, who once claimed a “billion-year” mandate to rule, has agreed to concede defeat after a shock election loss to a real-estate developer.

Jammeh has ruled the tiny west African nation for more than two decades. If he goes ahead with a peaceful handover of power, challenger Adama Barrow will become its third head of state since independence in 1962.

The head of the Gambia’s electoral commission, Alieu Momarr Njai, said Jammeh would concede on Friday. A video of his speech has already been recorded and is being edited, sources told the Guardian.

Gambia: Free Speech Ban Threatens Rights in Vote Aftermath

Government Has Blocked Internet, Threatened Protest Ban

Gambian authorities should respect the rights of Gambians to peacefully express their views on the outcome of the December 1, 2016 presidential election. Prior to the vote, incumbent President Yahya Jammeh warned that protests against the election would not be permitted and the government blocked internet communications and international calls.

Although the two-week election campaign was peaceful, and included many large opposition and government rallies, President Jammeh responded to a November 29 media query about possible protests following the elections, saying, “In this country we don’t allow demonstrations.” At about 8 p.m. on November 30, the government blocked all internet services in Gambia as well as incoming and outgoing international calls. Online messaging services, such as WhatsApp and Viber, have been blocked for several weeks.

Conquering Trump-ism in an Era of Selfishness

You’ve probably heard it before: the argument that the Trump base has been created by the socio-economic policies of the 1980s that went on to disenfranchise a nation; that only someone so viciously uneducated and/or poor could even consider voting for Trump.

These narratives suggest that the neoliberal economic and social policies set forth by Thatcher and Reagan are responsible for creating this conglomerate of poor racist, sexist people left to gather at the bottleneck of American society. Jobless and without hope. In any case, we could only be left to conclude that these so-called victims of neoliberalism are the ones voting for Trump.

How to turn the election of Donald Trump into a win for freedom

President-elect Trump is a populist candidate with severe fascist undertones. So how can Americans concerned with liberty and freedom turn his election into a positive thing? How can we use a candidate whose campaign promises included shredding the Bill of Rights? We selectively support him.

The Republican party will view the Trump win as a mandate due to the electoral votes involved and Trump’s ability to power through projected Clinton wins. So, is it possible to force the Republican establishment to adopt any of Trump’s policies based on this perceived mandate?

How a No Vote Works in the Market

This November, I chose not to vote for a presidential candidate, but maybe not for the reason you’d think.

I didn’t choose to withhold my vote from one candidate because I wanted to help their opponent; I realize that’s illogical because voting isn’t a zero-sum game.

I didn’t do it just because I know my vote isn’t decisive, either; I’m fully aware that I have somewhere around a 1-in-60 million chance of affecting the outcome of the Presidential election.

I chose to not vote for a Presidential candidate because I’m an advocate for liberty, and after some consideration, I realized my reasoning was rooted in my understanding of the virtues of a free market.

US version of Democracy looks more and more like Central Asia’s

On the eve of the most important, most expensive election in the world, Central Asia’s rulers-for life have plenty of ammunition with which to dispute the value of a competitive domestic political system.

For long-time leaders in the post-Soviet region who champion a colourless and sometimes brutal authoritarian ‘stability’ over genuine electoral contests and basic individual rights, the current US presidential campaign, more than any other before, has demonstrated the divisive influence that populism and even simple political competition can have on a society.

Moreover, regardless of whoever claims victory on November 8, the citizens of the five “Stans” will be able to see something of their own countries’ systems in the new US President. The effect of that recognition might be a further erosion of the faith some of them once had in democracy in the traditional sense, and a deeper cynicism regarding the importance of public participation in politics.

Eight Ways to Strengthen Our Democracy Beyond Voting

Throughout this trying election season, we’ve been told how much is at stake with our vote. But the success of any democracy depends on continuing to pay attention long after we cast our ballots.

So let’s pledge to strengthen our democracy with a few resolutions to focus our intentions and keep us moving forward over the next four years.

Why Cuban-Americans Are Voting Differently this Presidential Election

Historically, the Cuban-American community has been considered a political monolith, voting mostly in support of the Republican Party, at least at the national level. To the extent that this has been true, it has been most applicable to the early exile community we now call the historicos.

The origins of this early exile support for the Republican Party can be reasonably traced to U.S. foreign policy, and to President Eisenhower’s robust anti-communist posture. Eisenhower and his Republican Party’s anti-Castro stance were followed by the cannibalization of the Bay of Pigs invasion plans under the Democratic leadership of President Kennedy and the resulting failure of the invasion.

Ghanaian President Vows Not to Shut Down Social Media During Elections

There has been much debate among major stakeholders as to whether social media should be banned during the upcoming elections in Ghana. Inspector General of Police (IGP) John Kudalor hinted in May 2016 that Ghanaian authorities might consider shutting down social media platforms during December 7 elections to “maintain peace”. The IGP argued that the intention to shut down social media platforms during elections is based on the fact that some people abuse the space during voting. However, Ghanaian president John Mahama declared on the 14 August that social media will not be shutdown during the upcoming elections that “the government has no intention to shut down social media on election day.”