17Sep 2020

Is there such a thing as “responsible lobbying”? Sure there is, but the act of lawfully attempting to influence something usually gets hurdled with the many examples of how corporations and interest groups have successfully managed to regulate government policies in their favor, regardless of how good or bad those policies were. The good When… Continue reading

03Sep 2020

The unconditional basic income is an idea that becomes more mainstream by the day. It was adopted as a policy by the center-left Spanish government, and it is promoted as an experiment in countries like Finland and Germany. As an idea, it has both supporters and opponents, but both parts usually think that introducing a… Continue reading

01Sep 2020

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo rewarded his electoral consultants, KRL International, with a $1 million contract. The agreement was signed by KRL International and Ghana’s Ministry of Finance, led by Nana Addo’s cousin and campaign finance manager, Ken Ofori-Atta on 28 June 2017. KRL claimed it was already providing lobbying services on behalf of the Ministry… Continue reading

30Aug 2020

TikTok – we have all heard about the Chinese-owned app that has rapidly become the defining social media app of Gen Z. Once known as Musical.ly, TikTok quickly transformed into something more like Vine: a goofy place for memes, ironic inside jokes, weird comedy, and dance sessions. The success of the app, however, was shadowed… Continue reading

05Aug 2020

Most of the Christian world was shocked by the recent announcement made by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, who declared that the sixth century Hagia Sophia would become a mosque yet again. The decision, which was backed by a top Turkish court who revoked the 1934 decree by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of… Continue reading

14Jul 2020

APCO Worldwide has a history of using dirty PR tactics on behalf of Southeast Asian politicians. Before being hired by Thailand’s Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit to create a fake organization, Thai Democracy Now, APCO managed the publicity campaigns of Malaysia’s Najib Razak. APCO ran a covert campaign to discredit one of Najib’s adversaries. Discrediting a pro-democracy leader… Continue reading

26Jun 2020

APCO created a false citizens’ campaign through a fake organization to push the agenda of a Thai politician. A costly advertising campaign On 11 September 2019, two weeks before Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s visit to the UN General Assembly in New York, a completely unknown group called “Thai Democracy Now” started a media campaign…. Continue reading

22Jun 2020

The main problem with African democracy is that it’s almost non-existent. Out of the 44 Sub-Saharan countries measured by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index in 2019, only one was a full democracy – Mauritius, with a score of 8.22. Another six countries were catalogued as flawed democracies: Botswana (7.81), Cape Verde (7.78), South Africa… Continue reading