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What does democracy look like in Thailand?

A Thai opposition party is facing the axe for backing the botched election bid for prime minister by a princess, the eldest sister of the King of Thailand. Thailand's Election Commission has recommended the dissolution of the Thai Raksa Chart party, which has links with former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. He has lived in exile…

Ten years of Sheikh Hasina: ‘Development minus democracy’

Dhaka, Bangladesh - As election campaigning draws to a close, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged Bengalis to vote for the "boat" - a symbol of her ruling party that has dominated Bangladesh's political scene for the past decade. Loudspeakers have been blurting out pro-government campaign songs to woo voters, while the streets of Dhaka…

Cambodia’s beleaguered opposition and the fight for democracy

Phnom Penh, Cambodia - In June 2017, Cambodia's pro-democracy opposition party made unprecedented gains in the local commune elections, casting serious doubt on Prime Minister Hun Sen's ability to extend his 33-year rule in the following year's national election. There was a spirit of optimism when Kem Sokha's Cambodia National Rescue Party prepared to take…

Malaysia and Indonesia are bucking the global trend on democracy

In October, Latin America's most populous nation, Brazil, elected as president Jair Bolsonaro, a former military man and historically fringe, far-right senator known for his pro-gun, pro-torture views. In 1999, he told Brazilian television, "Elections won't change anything in this country. It will only change on the day that we break out in civil war…

What’s at stake in the midterms? Both sides warn the future...

CLOSE Democrats have midterms momentum, but remember 2016 and don't get comfortable, says columnist Paul Brandus. USA TODAY In Grand Rapids, Mich., on Nov 8, 2016. (Photo: Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP) WASHINGTON – What's at stake?  Democrats warn that the midterm elections on Tuesday will undermine the future of America's democracy unless President…

Donald Trump’s Medicare op-ed and all the reaction in USA TODAY...

Manny García, USA TODAY Published 6:03 p.m. ET Oct. 11, 2018 | Updated 6:45 p.m. ET Oct. 11, 2018 Debate spurred by president's opinion piece gave both sides the opportunity to speak out on key issue in midterm elections Medicare debate (Photo: zimmytws/Thinkstock) Last week, the Trump administration reached out to the USA TODAY Opinion…

The Maldives: The rise and fall of a Muslim democracy

It has been 10 years since the Maldivians shook off a three-decade-long dictatorship and chose to walk down the path of democracy. In October 2008, long-term Maldivian leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom left power peacefully, after a popular opposition movement challenged his power and forced him to hold the Maldives' first multiparty presidential vote. Over the…
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