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The Guardian (July 29)

2020/ 07/ 30 by jd in Global News

“Ireland’s place in the global hierarchy appears on the rise, and the UK has continued marvelling at the shrewd cunning of their plucky little neighbour.” But some of the praise seems unwarranted. “Ireland hasn’t turned into some 24th-century futurist utopia so much as installed sensible public policy that should seem unremarkable in a modern democracy.” It’s simply that Ireland’s “mild competency… can appear to be stone-cold genius compared with the UK’s blundering mess.”

 

New York Times (June 9)

2020/ 06/ 10 by jd in Global News

“America, this is your chance: We must get it right this time or risk losing our democracy forever.” Amid protests, police violence and riots, “our democracy hangs in the balance. This is not an overstatement.”

 

Washington Post (April 11)

2020/ 04/ 13 by jd in Global News

“As the world’s largest democracy, India ought to be setting a standard for how the emergency can be met without resort to repression or censorship. So far, it has not done so.”

 

Washington Post (December 23)

2019/ 12/ 25 by jd in Global News

“India’s protests should be regarded as a moment of truth for Modi…. Rather than respond with force and epithets, as he has so far, Mr. Modi would do well to abandon this misguided project of Hindu nationalism…. Mr. Modi’s methods of trying to silence the protests by closing streets and Internet connections will serve only to undermine India’s democracy.”

 

CNN (March 24)

2019/ 03/ 24 by jd in Global News

While Prime Minister May “is a focus of anger at home, opinion abroad is also worsening. From a distance, Britain’s long-esteemed political establishment appears to be crumbling, one of the original architects of modern democracy floundering in archaic and arcane process. Much as the British empire eroded publicly with nowhere to hide, the nation’s humiliation over Brexit has staggered center stage.”

 

New York Times (March 17)

2019/ 03/ 19 by jd in Global News

“The United States does not appear at risk of widespread political violence anytime soon. But Trump’s words are still corroding democracy and public safety.” Many people try to make excuses for his abhorrent words, “but they do matter. The president’s continued encouragement of violence—and of white nationalism—is part of the reason that white-nationalist violence is increasing.”

 

New York Times (December 6)

2018/ 12/ 08 by jd in Global News

“If Emmanuel Macron survives this crisis, something good may come out of it. He, along with French and European elites, could draw the lesson from the revolt of the Yellow Vests and find a way to govern with the people, not against them. That is, after all, what democracy is about.”

 

Washington Post (December 3)

2018/ 12/ 04 by jd in Global News

President George H.W. Bush’s remarkable legacy includes putting together “one of the finest, scandal-free Cabinets in U.S. history.” In contrast, the “current crew” is populated with “liars, braggarts and bullies” who posterity will judge harshly. “None of them will be heralded for leaving American democracy stronger than when they entered office. Neither in their personal dealings nor in their policy choices will they be seen as kind or considerate. They’ve torn up international agreements, frayed relationships (here and abroad) and deformed institutions.”

 

The Atlantic (October Issue)

2018/ 10/ 01 by jd in Global News

“Estrangements are political, not personal…. Given the right conditions, any society can turn against democracy. Indeed, if history is anything to go by, all societies eventually will…. Polarization is normal…. Skepticism about liberal democracy is also normal. And the appeal of authoritarianism is eternal.”

 

New York Times (May 7)

2018/ 05/ 08 by jd in Global News

“It’s breathtaking and yet, by now, so predictable. Like aspiring authoritarians everywhere, Mr. Trump sees law enforcement in intensely personal terms. When the law investigates you, it’s a witch hunt; when it’s used to punish your enemies, it’s an essential tool…. Americans should remember May 9, 2017,” the day Trump fired FBI director James Comey, “as the beginning of one of the great tests of American democracy.”

 

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