Rio carnival returns, celebrating 'life, democracy'
Rio is ready to party after two pandemic-disrupted carnivals and a polarising presidential election in October, in which veteran leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva ousted incumbent Jair Bolsonaro.
Hong Kong's largest national security trial to begin with 47 in dock
According to authorities, they were trying to topple Hong Kong's government, while the defendants say they are being prosecuted for practising normal opposition politics.
Removing hatred from democracy
Hate speech on its own is already insidious but when politicians participate in it, it adds a sense of 'legitimacy' to the public, who may be influenced by what is being said.
Local govt elections, a top priority
If now is not the time for Anwar Ibrahim to bring back this essential local election level of democracy to Malaysian society, when exactly can civil society expect its promised restitution?
Half of world's democracies in decline, report says
In Europe, almost half of all democracies, or 17 countries, suffered democratic erosion in the last five years.
Trust, the bigger challenge for GE15 victors
Malaysia should not wait to become a full-fledged democracy to implement new forms of democratic participation, as such innovations would support the democratisation process.
Malaysia tops Asean countries in democracy index
But the Economist's annual index maintains Malaysia as a 'flawed democracy', a category that includes the US and several other major democracies.
Ban on election gatherings isn’t suppression of democracy, says Sarawak PBB leader
Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah says he would support a ban on political gatherings if one is imposed for the Sarawak election.
People shouldn’t be arrested for criticising leaders, says minister Saifuddin
He says Malaysia is a country that upholds democratic principles.
Thai democracy protesters rally despite Covid warnings
The administration of Prayut Chan-O-Cha has increasingly come under fire due to its handling of the pandemic.
Hong Kong’s beleaguered pro-democracy paper to close
The decision comes after police froze accounts and arrested staff using a new national security law.
Hong Kong police arrest editor, executives of pro-democracy paper
Dozens of prominent activists have been arrested since the national security law was introduced last year.