Democracy

Lauren McCauley, staff writer
With a new system of government and consolidated power structure, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan could rule until 2029. (Photo: Murad Sezer/Reuters)
In a very close—and closely watched—referendum vote, Turks on Sunday handed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan what many say is authoritarian rule. With more than 99 percent of ballots counted, Erdoğan claimed a win with 51.36 percent voting in favor of the referendum and 48.64 voting against. However, the Guardian reported , disparities persisted...
Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Turkish women are leading the opposition. This is not a coincidence," writes author and activist Elif Shafak. "When societies slide into authoritarianism, ultranationalism and fanaticism, women have much more to lose than men." (Photo: Guido Menato/cc/flickr)
Turkish citizens head to the polls on Sunday to vote on a historic referendum...
Lauren McCauley, staff writer
"I've never seen the Democrats around here so engaged, and it's Donald Trump who got us so engaged," said Carolyn Hadaway, a veteran Democratic Party activist from Marietta, Georgia. (Photo: by Dustin Chambers/The Jon Ossoff Campaign)
In the closely-watched race for Georgia's sixth district, said to be the first...

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Sick of our electoral debacle? Check out Iceland, where the radical Pirate Party is improbably poised to win their election with a quarter of Icelanders' support, more than any other party. Riding a wave of post-Panama-Papers rage at corrupt business as usual, the Pirates would reject the two governing parties to form a coalition with small progressive ones to work for direct democracy, free speech and transparency. Their rubric: “We are not here to gain power. We are here to distribute power.”