authoritarianism

 
Hong Kong protesters walk tightrope between peace and violence
Hong Kong protesters walk tightrope between peace and violence
After weeks of escalating violence Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement has pivoted back to its peaceful origins, but experts and activists predict...
Ai Weiwei fears 'Tiananmen' crackdown in Hong Kong
Ai Weiwei fears 'Tiananmen' crackdown in Hong Kong
Watching the Hong Kong protests from afar, Chinese dissident-artist Ai Weiwei fears the worst, warning of a repeat of the 1989 Tiananmen Square...
South Africa must avoid authoritarian solutions
South Africa must avoid authoritarian solutions
In 1975 Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi found herself confronting escalating popular ferment and declared a state of emergency. In his...
It’s not right for SA’s left to reject elections
It’s not right for SA’s left to reject elections
Dinga Sikwebu is an insightful and important voice on the South African left and I welcome his commentary, 2019 Elections: The Great Democratic...
2019 elections: The great democratic swindle
2019 elections: The great democratic swindle
With the May 8 elections results announced, the analyst-pollster machine goes into another gear. The data geeks and other people linked to the...
Misleading myth of truth commissions
Misleading myth of truth commissions
It has become almost expected that truth commissions will be introduced to try to consolidate a transition from authoritarianism and conflict to...
Tanzania’s latest clampdown takes decades of repression to new lows
Tanzania’s latest clampdown takes decades of repression to new lows
The United Republic of Tanzania has just turned...
Presidential term limits: Slippery slope back to authoritarianism in Africa
Presidential term limits: Slippery slope back to authoritarianism in Africa
There is mounting concern in Africa about a lack of leadership as well as an increasing trend of hard-won democratic rights being reversed. One way...
Be aware, the Nazis are among us
Be aware, the Nazis are among us
Writing in his memoir about the rise of Nazi totalitarianism in Germany, The World of Yesterday, Stefan Zweig noted how “the few among writers...
Red flags of authoritarian creep
Red flags of authoritarian creep
I got a call from a journalist who works for Al Jazeera. He wanted to get my opinion on perceptions that media freedom had been encroached upon...

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