Posts tagged “democracy”
January 29, 2014
Wednesday. January 29, 2014, at 6:30pm
New York City Bar Association
42 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036
The New York City Bar’s Committee on African Affairs is hosting a tribute to Nelson Mandela and a discussion of his legacy, with a presentation by Advocate Tembile Joyini, Legal Advisor to the Mission of South Africa to the United Nations.
A hero has passed. Nelson Mandela was the father of South African democracy, which he created by leading the struggle for justice with fortitude and a commitment to equal rights for all. During his presidency, the South African Constitution, one of the most progressive documents of its kind, was adopted, as were other laws protecting fundamental rights.
This program seeks to both honor Madiba’s accomplishments, and also reflect on the legacy of his achievements now that his successors govern. Experts on economics, business and human rights will join the discussion to consider how Mandela’s hopes for a “Rainbow Nation” have been realized.
Tags: apartheid, Danny Schechter, democracy, elizabeth barad, equality, liesl gernholtz, Long Walk to Freedom, Madiba, Nelson Mandela, new york bar association, ngisana mngomezulu, south africa, tembile joyini, tribute, vincent mai
July 18, 2013
On Tuesday of this week, The New York Times published an op-ed by Youssef Rakha, author of the novel The Crocodiles, to be published in Fall 2014 by Seven Stories.In the Times, Rakha, a native Egyptian living in Cairo, describes first-hand the increasing abuse of Egyptian society which followed the election of Mohamad Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected president. He argues that Morsi’s Egypt exemplifies why political Islam and democracy are incompatible.
Rakha states, “They don’t mix not only in theoretical terms…but also because political Islam gives political cover to all that is undemocratic in Arab society.” Under Morsi rule, presidential protestors were violently suppressed, a Shiite activist was dragged through the streets and killed, religious police killed a man for walking outside with his girlfriend, and women not wearing a hijab were discriminated against and sexually harassed.
Rakha’s novel was written as an echo of clamor of the Egyptian revolution and describes with feeling how and why youth turn to revolution.
February 11, 2013“Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates.” — Simone WeilCensored 2013 features Andy Lee Roth’s chapter on corporate media coverage of US drone policy and targeted killings (Chapter 12, “Framing Al-Awlaki: How Government Officials and Corporate Media Legitimized a Targeted Killing”), a report in Chapter 4, “Media Democracy in Action,” by Chris Woods of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism on its pathbreaking coverage of US drone casualties, and an update by Mike Kolbe on President Obama’s international assassination campaign, in Chapter 2, “Deja Vu: What Happened to Previous Censored Stories?”As timely as ever, pick up a copy of Censored 2013 today, and learn all about the stories you should have heard, but never did.
May 18, 2011Davis discussed her reasons for calling for drastic changes in imprisonment in an ASU lecture titled “Education or Incarceration? The Future of Democracy” sponsored by Project Humanities in conjunction with the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. According to Davis, more African-American men are entangled in the justice system today than were enslaved in 1850. “The United States has 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, and the highest incarceration rate in the world,” she said.
March 2, 2011"Well-intentioned reflection on what it means to be a citizen in today's imperfect America"—Publishers Weekly
September 29, 2010Ted Rall shares his experience in Afghanistan and discusses the purpose of his book in this brief interview with Mike Rhode from WashingtonCityPaper.com. He talks politics, targets the most severe problems for the American worker and the average citizen, and blames backwards American Capitalism for deliberately making America poorer. What can and should Americans do, according to Rall? Overthrow the government and start anew. As he says in the article, “We can overthrow the system that is abusing us and replace it with something better.”
March 26, 2010March 26, 2010, 7 p.m., Mission High School Auditorium: 3750 18th Street, San Francisco