Posts Tagged ‘Democracy’

God, the gods and democracy

Friday, October 30th, 2015

It’s a plain truth that democracies everywhere are witnessing the resurgence of religious bigotry. There are moments when it feels even as if something like a new global religious war has begun, on several fronts. Ignorant media hype, foul abuse of the faith or godlessness of others, ugly violence calculated to scare and kill: such Read more

The IMF has failed the Greeks

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

There is something eerily symmetrical about the decision by the Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, to call a referendum about what he has described as the ‘extortionate ultimatum’ of ‘strict and humiliating austerity without end’ coming from the International Monetary Fund, European Commission and the European Central Bank – the troika. The country that is Read more

Putin’s record in perspective

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Amid talk of whether Vladimir Putin would leave the G20 early and numerous reports of frosty encounters between him and other summit leaders, Western media coverage has generally operated from the sometimes forcefully expressed underlying assumption that the West is dealing with an erratic and dangerous dictator whose rule damages the once-great country he leads. Read more

Christian fears help fuel Hong Kong pro-democracy protests

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

The massive pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are partly motivated by a desire to stop China’s communist government from clamping down on Christianity. The protesters are calling for democratic elections in Hong Kong, demanding the right to vote for a leader of their choice in 2017, without restrictions from Beijing. But some commentators see a Read more

St Peter’s students exercise their right to vote

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

A mock election at St Peter’s College in Auckland last Friday, gave the students a chance to “practice” exercising their democratic right. St Peter’s is located in the Epsom electorate. Over the past three weeks there have been campaigns, and a leaders’ debate. In the mock vote National won the poll with 29.6 percent of Read more

Bishop says worthy politics and democracy at risk in PNG

Friday, July 11th, 2014

It seems to us that at this time worthy politics and democracy are at risk in Papua New Guinea says Bishop Arnold Orowa President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. He says that honesty and commitment to the common good are essential ingredients of worthy politics. Moreover in a true democratic system Read more

Hong Kong cardinal defends autonomy against Beijing control

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Retired Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun of Hong Kong has sharply criticised a Chinese white paper that emphasises Beijing’s total control of the special administrative region. “You (the Chinese communists) can tie me up, can take me away, chop my head off, but not as a slave,” said the cardinal in an online radio programme on Read more

The need for citizenship to be enshrined in law

Friday, December 13th, 2013

It is noteworthy how often the word citizen appears in contemporary Christian literature referring to or coming out of the Middle East. The lineamenta for the Synod of Bishops’ meeting in Rome in 2010 used the word several times. On June 23, 2011, the Holy Synod of Antioch (Greek Orthodox Patriarchate) called upon governments to Read more

Pope supports Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Friday, November 1st, 2013

During a meeting with Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Pope Francis has expressed his support for her commitment towards democracy in her country. While the Pope assured the Nobel Peace Prize winner of the Church’s support for her cause, he specified that the Church does not show discrimination but is at the service Read more

Democracy is dying

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Last September, Il Partito Democratico, the Italian Democratic Party, asked me to talk about politics and the internet at its summer school in Cortona. Political summer schools are usually pleasant — Cortona is a medieval Tuscan hill town with excellent restaurants — and unexciting. Academics and public intellectuals give talks organised loosely around a theme; Read more