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 Selective democratization and Syria by Thanos Kalamidas
The last weeks, just like everybody else, I have been watching what’s going on in Syria. I have got angry with the pictures that circulate internet, frustrated with the news and sad with the numbers of dead. But I haven’t written anyth
 Who's going to protect our democracy from our democracy? by Thanos Kalamidas
Thanks to internet the last few years I’m able to watch Greek television news and actually I have a choice of eight channels including the state one and the most popular private. So a few months ago I was in total shock when I saw the rep
 Voyage to Syracuse: Europe, or the infinite task by Prof. Francesco Tampoia
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 Iran's face screwed by Thanos Kalamidas
I have to admit that I never really understood how countries like Iran understand the concept of democracy and how can you have elections when there is only one party allowed to participate. According to them in democracy the difference between op
 Transcendence as Cultural Identity by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Religion and the Secular State: A Revisiting by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 The Chinese debate by Thanos Kalamidas
Amazingly, within just a couple of days of one another, we have two …interesting - that’s the best word I could come with - announcements from or regarding China. The first one came from the Chinese parliament chief Wu Bangguo who emph
 Liberty Is, As Liberty Does by Leah Sellers
This week’s American Inauguration gave a Voice to the Soul-Song of Liberty.A Pragmatic Poetry Man, a Visionary Man of Ideals, Promise and Possibilities is entering the White House. A House primarily built by and maintain
 But seriously by Thanos Kalamidas
It seems that dictators and future dictators don’t get it and never have holidays like busy little ants. And while in Guinea they were burying the former dictator who ruled the country for twenty four years a coup started and long live the n
 Poke 'Em With a Stick (Behavior Modification Plan) by Leah Sellers
One Mighty King Con Elitist Winks at another Global Mighty King Con Elitist, “That’s right, I said, Poke ‘Em With a Stick! Show Them critters whose Boss! Get Those varmints movin’ - stampedin’ - to the left, to the ri
 A silent martyr by Thanos Kalamidas
Most likely most of you have no idea what it means to live under a dictatorship and I really hope none of you will ever experience anything even close to it. How can you defend your self against dictators who would arrest a ten-year-old boy and th
 Musharraf will be... watching! by Thanos Kalamidas
It has been a long time since we heard from him but it seems with everything going on with Mugabe he had to make sure people knew his intentions. So the Pakistani dictator and so-called President, Pervez Musharraf, in a very important interview, i
 The next crime of the Myanmar junta by Thanos Kalamidas
If anything could get worse in Burma - or Myanmar as the dictators like to call the country - it just did; in the middle of a cyclone, literally and metaphorically, they announced that they are going to extend the pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu
 Between Iraq & A Hard Place by Jack Wellman
I can understand why many Americans are getting tired and discouraged from the long Iraqi war. On the website controversialforums.com, which addresses many of the most controvers
 URCE Appreciates Rohingyas Demonstrations in Malaysia by Rohingya Human Rights
Hamdan Mg Kyaw Naing, the Secretary General of The Union of Rohingya Communities in Europe (URCE) has highly appreciated the efforts of the Rohingya human rights activists in Malaysia. He also thanked the organizers and participants of the demonst
 Sahara occidentale: Le legittime ragioni del popolo saharawi by Dr. Luis Portillo, Ph. D.
Sono già passati più di 32 anni da quando il Marocco ha espulso la Spagna dal Sahara Occidentale, sostituendosi ad essa, con sangue e fuoco, nel ruolo di potenza coloniale e paese occupante.Que
 Turkish hopes by Thanos Kalamidas
Perhaps all these, often difficult to understand, actions of the Turkish establishment and their army will be proved constructive for Turkey’s future one day. Turkey today, whether they want to admit it or not, is somehow the continuation of
 The Failure of Gambari Mission in Burma by Rohingya Human Rights
Turning a deaf ear to international outcries, Burma's military rulers are going to perpetuate military domination in running the state forever through unilaterally holding a referendum on May 10.2008 on a pro-military
 Where is the end, Mugabe? by Thanos Kalamidas
The day the people of Zimbabwe were voting I wrote an article asking the people of Zimbabwe to be calm and that Mugabe will do anything and everything not to lose but he will know that he lost in the hearts and brains of the Zimbabwe people.
 Los fascistas y los saharauis by Dr. Luis Portillo, Ph. D.
Los fascistas y los saharauis(Carta abierta al Editor de “Mundo Árabe”)Sr. D. Ahmed HijaziEditorMundo ÁrabePlaza Callao, 1 – 6º - 1128043 Madrid
 Whither Democracy in America? Part 3: Myths and Lessons of Athenian Democracy by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
In 1871, Walt Whitman, the great poet of America, wrote, "We have frequently printed the word democracy, yet I cannot too often repeat that it is a word the real gist of which still sleeps, quite unawakened, notwithstanding the resonan
 Think free, people of Zimbabwe by Thanos Kalamidas
Zimbabwe has started voting early this morning and, according to the news, all the security forces and army are alarmed. Tanks are patrolling the streets of Harare and armed soldiers are deployed in all the cities around the country. Having a dict
 La columna de los 1.000 by Dr. Luis Portillo, Ph. D.
Un grupo de estudiantes de periodismo pretende volver a poner de actualidad el conflicto La Hamada no tiene nada que ver con la imagen romá
 Whither democracy in America? Part 2: Is Democracy for sale in America? by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
The rise of Constantinian Christian power in American democracy has progressed in stages. As Professor Cornel West of Princeton has demonstrated in his must-read book – Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism - firs
 Musharraf's song by Thanos Kalamidas
So, Pakistan has a new Prime Minister elected in Musharraf’s democratic way and acceptance which means Musharraf decides the song that the new P.M. dances to; what remains is to find out what’s the dance, since we all know Musharraf
 The Draft Constitution of Burma's Military Rulers by Rohingya Human Rights
Once upon a time, a lion, a leopard and a jackal entered into an alliance to go on the hunt together. They went out around the forests and hunte
 Whither democracy in America? Part 1 by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
America goes to the poll in November of this year to elect its president. While in recent weeks the list of candidates from the two major political parties has narrowed down significantly it is not yet clear as to which party will eventually captu
 Stop the exploitation of natural resources in occupied Western Sahara by Dr. Luis Portillo, Ph. D.
The Western Sahara Resource Watch welcomes the fourth round of talks that is due to take place in the US on 16-18 March 2008 between the Frente POLISARIO and Morocco regarding
 The Bright side of Mugabe by Thanos Kalamidas
Everybody is warning about it in the loudest possible way and the only one who doesn’t want to hear is Robert Mugabe, the voices of the dead and the imprisoned scream go away and what is he doing? He’s going for elections! He’s e
 Ave, Putin, democracy te salutant by Thanos Kalamidas
Should we call it, the Putin phenomenon? He is here but he’s not here, he is everywhere! If we lived during the times of the Roman Empire Putin would have adopted Dmitry Medvedev and the new emperor would be called Dmitry Medvedev Putin, jus
 How to Stop Human Rights Violations against Rohingyas by Rohingya Human Rights
The Rohingya community of Arakan, Burma is one of the most down-trodden ethnic minorities of the world. They are victim of political oppression, economic exploitation, cultural slavery and c
 Zimbabweans' Stockholm Syndrome by Thanos Kalamidas
Among others, there is one thing in politics and history I have never understood: why do dictators desperately need elections? I mean why do some countries make such a big fuss about elections, organizing them carefully, advertising them internati
 The rise and fall by Thanos Kalamidas
Watching what this American administration is doing internationally you have to think that the general attitude is …screw them! We are going to do whatever we like and let the next administration deal with the aftermath; after all, it is not
 El lobby promarroqui en accion by Dr. Luis Portillo, Ph. D.
El 14 de noviembre de 1976, primer aniversario de los Acuerdos Tripartitos de Madrid, Felipe González, en su visita a los campamento
 Elections Americaines: En Attendant Edwards... by Europe & Us
En se prononçant en faveur d’Hillary Clinton ou de Barack Obama, John Edwards, candidat deux fois malheureux aux primaires démocrates aurait sans doute le pouvoir d’influer profondément sur l’issue du farouche duel
 Hot Heads and Cold Wars by Jack Wellman
"We, the democratically elected leaders of our people, hereby declare Kosovo to be an independent and sovereign state," the Parliament’s proclamation read. One would have thought Kosovo was celebrating a new year, but perhaps more
 Kosovo: Pandora's Box opened by Thanos Kalamidas
Imagine that the Sami parliament decides in the next few days that they have had enough of being mistreated and misunderstood by the Finnish government so they decide that within a two month period they are going to declare their independence from
 Our Deepest Condolences for Padoh Mahn Sha Lah Phan by Rohingya Human Rights
We are deeply saddened to learn the tragic incident of assassination of Padoh Mahn Sha Lah Phan, a leader of the Karen National Union (KNU) which is one of the biggest ethnic groups fighting the Burmese military rulers. Padoh
 Burma Heading Towards the Worst by Rohingya Human Rights
Burma's national icon of democracy, peace and liberty, Daw Aung San Suu Kyie has cautioned the people of Burma to prepare for the worst, during a rare meeting with the members of her party, the National League for Democracy on Jan 30.2008,
 Nota De Prensa by Dr. Luis Portillo, Ph. D.
CEAS-Sáhara condena los acuerdos militares del Gobierno español con Marruecos y advierte de la cobertura que España está dando a los planes del reino marroquí para consolidar la ocupación ilegal del Sáhara Occide
 Woman or black? Definitely not McCain by Thanos Kalamidas
So it is Thursday, Super Tuesday is behind us and John McCain feels comfortable and victorious, Barack Obama won in most States but Hillary Clinton got most delegates and the candidates’ circus has already moved to the next states of Louisia
 U Kyaw Min of Burma: An MP without Citizenship by Rohingya Human Rights
Burma, a resource-rich country of 678,500 sq. km and 57.6 million people which the military rulers have turned into a secret state of terror during its 46 years of unbroken despotic rule and where a Nobel Peace Laureate like Daw Aung San Suu Ky
 Protection of Rohingya Undocumented Refugees in Bangladesh by Rohingya Human Rights
The Rohingya refugee problem in Bangladesh is a decades-long pending issue. According to the official record, there are some 26,000 Rohingya refugees in two official camps in Cox's Bazar, a southern district of Bangladesh bordering Burma. The
 After Mugabe... Musharraf in Europe! by Thanos Kalamidas
It looks to me like this is the time for Europe to put out the red carpet to all the dictators around the world and I am wondering if Kim of North Korea will be next. However, since nobody is sure whether Kim will come, we have managed fine with M
 World Peace Model # 1: Oughtopian peace modelWorld Peace Model # 1: Oughtopian peace model by Joseph Gatt
\"Oughtopia\" is a term coined by Korean philosopher Choue Young Seek. It is a philosophy that leads to a society that ought to be realized, a society that is spiritually beautiful, materially affluent and humanly rewarding.
 A la Atencian del Presidente de "eDreams" by Dr. Luis Portillo, Ph. D.
SEÑOR PRESIDENTE:Me permito poner en su conocimiento que la publicidad que su empresa está haciendo de lujosos hoteles en DAJLA (antes Villa Cisneros), ciudad del SÁHARA OCCIDENTAL invadida y ocupada por Marruecos, y per
 On the American Elections by Alexandra Pereira
This really is a significant opportunity for the rest of the world to knock on America’s door and try to open the eyes of the majority (or the more conscious part) of their citizens for an obvious reality: they were cheated too. You simply c
 Aung San Suu Kyi independence by Thanos Kalamidas
This year and apparently today, Burma, also known as Myanmar, celebrates 60 years of independence from the British. The nearby India celebrated its 60th year last year with magnificent celebrations that lasted for days and you would expect Burma t
 The Gambari Mission: A Failed Bid? by Rohingya Human Rights
The UN which is believed to be the last resort of hope for the hopeless people, has appointed Mr Ibrahim Gambari, a Nigerian Diplomat on a mission to bring peace trough restoration of democracy and human rights in Burma, a country which has been g
 Stop the Political Crisis in Burma by Rohingya Human Rights
Appeal to UN Security Council to Take Strong Action to Stop the Political Crisis in BurmaDate: Monday 31, December 2007Dear Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Members of the United Nations,
 Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's 'Freedom From Fear' speech by The Ovi Team
It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it. Most Burmese are familiar with the four a-gati - the four kinds of corruption. Chand
 Repeating history with innocent Kurds by Thanos Kalamidas
There is something going on at the north borders of Iraq that seems like nobody gives the necessary weight. The victims at the moment are between the innocent and they count only to tens and the refugees to just a few hundred but the situation is
 What have they done? by Thanos Kalamidas
The moral of the Russian elections is that to have elections doesn’t mean that you have democracy! Putin got exactly what he wanted and Putin’s opposition got exactly what …he wanted, in the meantime, Russians try to find their l
 Brown saves us from total embarrassment by Thanos Kalamidas
No, that’s the only answer and nothing else in response to Mugabe’s visit to Europe and his participation in a summit for the future of EU-Africa relations. Mugabe has no place anywhere in Europe except the international court of Hague
 Religion and the Secular State by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Abstract: Far from being a mere vestige of the past, religion continues to be, even in a post-modern world, an essential component of a culturally vibrant society. Moreover, the latest world-wide social research shows that religion and democrac
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