Is Democracy Possible in Russia?

by Demdigest on October 20, 2014

Vladimir Putin returned to the Russian presidency in 2012, facing mass opposition protests and weak economic growth. His response was a sharp turn toward authoritarianism, a trend that began with criminal charges against dozens of protesters on Bolotnaya Square and has accelerated with Russia’s armed intervention in Ukraine. Political repression Continue →

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HuffPo: “According to people familiar with the situation, committee staff director and former super lobbyist Gary Andres personally has been calling the CEOs of major Silicon Valley tech companies, hammering them for coming after Upton and spooking Mayday’s donors, who worry their companies … Continue reading →
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How to rebuild democratic conviction

by Demdigest on October 20, 2014

It’s a very difficult period today, very different from 1980s – and 1989 – when the third wave of democratization crested,  communism collapsed, and people thought democracy was triumphant and inevitable for the entire world, according to Carl Gershman, President of the National Endowment for Democracy. Back then there was Continue →

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Lulling and Stifling

by krepon on October 20, 2014

A standard hawkish critique of the practice of arms control and the pursuit of nuclear disarmament is that treaties pave the way to perdition. It’s senseless, in this view, to seek to override divergent national interests and political cultures. Arms control and reduction initiatives are not only doomed to fail, Continue →

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Two from Ari Berman on Voting Rights

by Rick Hasen on October 20, 2014

The GOP is Winning the War on Voting The Supreme Court Eviscerates the Voting Rights Act in Texas Voter ID Decision … Continue reading →
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Floridians travelled to the state capitol Monday to call on Gov. Rick Scott to make a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Florida.

State residents delivered a petition with 92,000 signatures to the governor’s office Monday morning in an attempt to urge Scott to take Continue →

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Webinar: Voting Laws in the 21st Century Thursday, Oct. 23, 2 p.m. EDT CSG eCademy Register now! With less than a month before the Nov. 4 midterm elections, voting laws in eight states are being challenged in state and federal … Continue reading →
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Earth Just Had Its Hottest September On Record

by Katie Valentine on October 20, 2014

Two paddle boarders cool off in the water during the ongoing Southern California heat wave, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Two paddle boarders cool off in the water during the ongoing Southern California heat wave, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Huntington Beach, Calif.

CREDIT: AP PHOTO/ CHRIS CARLSON

Last month was the warmest September the globe has experienced since record-keeping began in 1880, according to the National Oceanic and Continue →

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On Friday, a Turkish prosecutor dropped charges against 53 defendants involved in a “sprawling corruption case that had reached the highest levels of Turkish politics” and had threatened the government of recently elected President Tayyip Erdogan. The case “posed one of the biggest challenges to Erdogan’s 11-year Continue →

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Ecuador: Police Rampage at Protests

by Human Rights Watch on October 20, 2014

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Piping tar sands oil hundreds of miles, and leading the corporate energy world in climate change mitigation, can apparently go hand-in-hand according to a new report. The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a U.K.-based nonprofit working with companies to report their greenhouse gas emissions, has included Alberta, Canada-based Continue →

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