Democracy

May 16, 2018 - 3:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took a veiled shot at President Donald Trump on Wednesday, warning that a growing national crisis of ethics and integrity has put American democracy at risk. In remarks to graduates of the Virginia Military Institute, Tillerson lamented...
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People walk past electoral posters in l'Ariana, outside Tunis, Friday, May 4 2018. Tunisia is hoping to break through barriers with its first local elections since its Arab Spring revolution: They could bring the first woman mayor of the capital, the first Jewish official with an Islamist party and new flock of mayors with greater powers. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)
May 06, 2018 - 12:36 pm
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisians voted Sunday in their first local elections since the 2011 Arab Spring revolution, a crucial step toward consolidating the country's exceptional democracy. Turnout appeared low, with just 13 percent taking part by midday, according to electoral authorities — a marked...
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FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2015 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi during their meeting in the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia. Egyptians go to the polls next week in what is essentially a one-candidate election -- but almost nowhere has democracy taken hold in the Arab world. While the democratic record is dismal, the Middle East is hardly alone in what seems to be a global trend away from liberal democracy. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool, File)
March 22, 2018 - 11:40 am
Egyptians go to the polls next week in what is essentially a one-candidate election considered by critics to be a return of sorts to authoritarian rule, after a 2011 revolution that sparked loftier expectations for the region. But the bigger picture is that in the Middle East as a whole, democracy...
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FILE - In this March 14, 2018 file photo, an election campaign banner for Egyptian presidential candidate President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, with Arabic that reads, "yes...to build the future," hangs over a bridge, in Cairo, Egypt. With the March 26-28 election, Egypt breaks with most pretense of democratic process, insisting stability is the priority. The vote saw an unprecedented purge from the race of would-be opponents to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, leaving his only rival a little known politician who is hardly campaigning. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)
March 20, 2018 - 8:32 am
CAIRO (AP) — The sole candidate running against Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has had two showcase campaign rallies in downtown Cairo. The first was a disaster. No one showed up except a few campaign workers. The second, on March 11, was a slight improvement: 30 people attended. They...
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FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2017 file photo, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi attends a military ceremony in the courtyard at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris, France. With the March 26-28, 2018, election, Egypt breaks with most pretense of democratic process, insisting stability is the priority. The vote saw an unprecedented purge from the race of would-be opponents to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, leaving his only rival a little known politician who is hardly campaigning. (Charles Platiau, Pool via AP, File)
March 20, 2018 - 3:03 am
CAIRO (AP) — When the sole candidate running against Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi held a rally in downtown Cairo recently, all of 30 people showed up. And that wasn't even the biggest sign of the hollowness of his campaign. Even more telling was one of the chants by the supporters of...
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In this Nov. 16, 2017, photo, women walk by a TV screen showing a documentary footage of Chinese President Xi Jinping visiting a villager's house with a picture of late communist leader Mao Zedong, at the Beijing railway station in Beijing. Many Western scholars who studied China believed that the opening to the outside world engineered by reformer Deng Xiaoping in the early 1980s would pave the way for corresponding political freedoms. That vision has been categorically shattered under President Xi Jinping, who many once thought would be the next great reformer. In just five years, Xi has consolidated more power than any Chinese leader since Mao Zedong and is now primed to rule as president-for-life. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
March 12, 2018 - 6:32 am
BEIJING (AP) — Orville Schell, a longtime China expert, has vivid memories of his first trip to the country back in 1975. Mao Zedong was leading China through the tumultuous Cultural Revolution, and Chinese were being shamed, beaten and even killed for perceived political mistakes. Things were...
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Hong Kong pro-Beijing by-election candidate Vincent Cheng Wing-shun celebrates after winning a seat at the legislative council by-elections in Hong Kong, Monday, March 12, 2018. Hong Kong pro-democracy candidates won back only two of four seats in a crucial by-election in the semiautonomous Chinese region, final results showed Monday. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
March 11, 2018 - 11:56 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy candidates won back only two of four seats in a crucial by-election in the semiautonomous Chinese region, final results showed Monday. The opposition wasn't able to recapture all its territory, losing some to formidably resourced pro-Beijing rivals and...
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March 11, 2018 - 8:19 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Final results show Hong Kong pro-democracy candidates re-elected to only 2 of previously held 4 seats in by-election.
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Hong Kong pro-democracy by-election candidate Au Nok-hin, right, speaks during an election campaign in Hong Kong, Sunday, March 11, 2018. Hong Kong is holding by-elections that give opposition supporters the chance to recapture lost ground in a contest measuring residents' appetite for democracy in the semiautonomous Chinese city. Polls opened Sunday in the vote pitting pro-Beijing loyalists against opposition candidates competing for four seats in the city's semi-democratic legislature. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
March 11, 2018 - 6:53 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong residents voted Sunday in by-elections that give opposition supporters the chance to recapture lost ground in a contest measuring voters' appetite for democracy in the semiautonomous Chinese city. The vote pits pro-Beijing loyalists against opposition candidates competing...
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February 27, 2018 - 3:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States cut back aid to Cambodia Tuesday to protest shrinking democracy in the Southeast Asia nation, where the party of longtime ruler Hun Sen swept Senate elections after facing no serious opposition. The White House said it was suspending or curtailing U.S. programs...
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