Tag: Democracy

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A Corrupt Aversion to Corruption

In this country, mainstream media in its totality has an aversion to using the word corruption. Not just in the sense of broadcasting corporations but in media as the central force of culture. Perhaps, if we take western democracy as the gold standard for the systems of government, the absence of this word may be…

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China warns America to follow ‘one China’ policy after Biden invited Taiwan to democracy summit

China has accused Biden of making “a mistake” after the American President invited Taiwan to a democracy summit featuring 109 other democratic governments, not including China. Taiwan is a self-governing democracy, but Beijing’s ongoing claims that Taiwan is a province of China has led to significant tension in the region.  Taiwan was listed amongst the…

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Hong Kong Activists Jailed over protests

Three of Hong Kong’s most prominent pro-democracy activists have been jailed for their role in the ongoing protests. Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, and Ivan Lam, aged 24, 23, and 26 respectively, have all been convicted of “unauthorised assembly”. The activists were charged in court last month, for their participation in protests outside police headquarters in…

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Negotiations break down over Mali political crisis

Negotiations regarding the ongoing political crisis in the African nation of Mali between the President and opposing movements have broken down.  M5-RFP, the coalition moving against President Keïta have called for his resignation following accusations of corruption and an inability to control the fallout from recent elections. Protests over the past few weeks have also…

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Russian dough for BoJo

A secret report on the threats to UK democracy, whose release was blocked by Downing Street, includes many concerns relating to Russian conspiracy. In the report, it’s said that the Conservatives have been handed more than £5.67m in donations, £642,000 being received from Russian donors. Oligarchs and wealthy people within business are at the heart…

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This beef ban is udderly undemocratic

As a result of a union council vote, the sale of beef in uea(su) has been banned. Consequently, Unio, shop(su) and bar(su) will no longer sell products with beef in them in an attempt to reduce the university’s environmental footprint. Unfortunately, this decision was made without sufficient consultation to the wider student body. It’s an…

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Not registering is worse than not voting

Concrete is moving from strength to strength. Last issue we had fantastic levels of engagement in the paper, and this week we’re hoping for the same with articles ranging from the argument around rainbow poppies (page 17), which is “juvenile”, apparently, to the hunt for dark energy (page 18). Have a flick through this issue…

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TV for the people!

Something has to change. I want you to imagine this: there is more of your product around than ever before, but it is less effective. That is what I think about Television. In the era of 24/7 news channels, there is less of what the media should be doing: holding politicians to account. Why has…

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