Mexico’s President Lopez Obrador’s Experiment with Democracy

Written by: Harry Colvin Throughout March and early April, Mexico City was filled with fliers, signs and billboards encouraging the public to vote on whether or not President Manuel López Obrador, often referred to as AMLO, should remain in office or not. One flier supporting AMLO’s stay in office read, “If you don’t participate, the…

Brazil Struggles with Racial Redefinition in Office

Written by: Kamika Patel In part because of growing awareness of racial inequality and in part because of growing global recognition of the Black Lives Matter movement, more attention has been paid to the self-declaration of candidates’ race in the 2020 elections in Brazil. Electoral candidates have been required to declare their “color/race” in Brazil…

China’s “Patriot” Plan to Strip Hong Kong’s Democracy

Written by: Harry Colvin China recently instituted the “patriot” plan as part of its reformation of Hong Kong’s electoral system. This plan is considered to be a reform that tightens China’s control over Hong Kong and reduces the independence of its democratic government.  In 1997, the British ceded control of Hong Kong back to China;…

Uncertainty Over One of Africa’s Shining Star Democracies

Written by: Jadalyn Eagens On March 3, 2021, protests uncharacteristically broke out in Senegal. According to the Economist, the country has been considered as one of the “beacons of peace and democracy” within Africa, further stating that Senegal had never faced a coup or harsh authoritarianism.  So what made this relatively peaceful country break out…

The Coup D’etat that Halted Myanmar’s Democratic Rise

Written by: Garrett Halak With many clinging onto Myanmar’s young democracy and its promise of free elections, the citizens of the country have taken to the streets. Prompted by the coup d’etat that occurred on February 1st, Myanmar’s quasi-democracy is watching its own demise as the Tatmadaw regains political power.   The Southeast Asian country of…

Undermining Democracy: Trump versus United States

Written by: William Keenan Donald Trump is no stranger to interfering in democracy and conventional American politics. On the campaign trail, President Trump openly called for the Department of Justice to investigate Democratic nominee Hilary Clinton and for Russia to hack into Democratic National Committee email servers. The latter action resulted in the formation of…

Fiji’s Online Safety Act: A ‘Trojan Horse’ for Internet Censorship

By: Jack Urban In May 2018, the Republic of Fiji, led by Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, passed into law landmark legislation geared toward creating a safe online environment free of cyberbullying, cyberstalking, trolling, fake news, harassment, and revenge porn. Despite this, the Online Safety Act (OSA) failed to get any opposition party member’s vote. Why?…

Elections in Azerbaijan: A Win for Democracy’s Favorite Dictator

Written by: Jack Urban On April 11, 2018, Ilham Aliyev was re-elected to a fourth term as President of Azerbaijan. Despite Azerbaijan’s close ties to the West, their standing as the first muslim majority secular country in the world, or their massive oil reserves, this event went largely unnoticed by the world. Moreover, in order…

April Protests Drawing on a New Democracy for Armenia?

Written by: Arriana Dawidziak April 2018 was a month marked by transparent change for the country of Armenia, challenging where exactly power should be held in the government system and who should be allowed to have it. In light of a newly elected prime minister belonging to a party that has ruled Armenia for 20…