Tag Archives: democracy

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

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

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

The political landscape has drastically changed all across the world over the past decade, with traditional political parties failing to franchise their core electorate, which in turn has slowly migrated towards alternative parties that have sprung up from seemingly nowhere. If ten or twenty years ago a clear distinct ideology was adopted by all parties,… Continue reading

Following the ousting of the former president, Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe has embarked on a path of openness that seemed to be unimaginable a couple of years ago. The new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has pledged to re-engage with the international community and subsequently normalize relations between them and Zimbabwe, a move seen by all observers as… Continue reading

With less than a few weeks before the Turkish Presidential election, Turkey’s islamists and secularists have shocked the establishment by announcing that they would join forces in order to unseat Erdogan, a move seen as a desperate attempt to oust the Turkish President that has tried to secure a tight grip on the country, ever… Continue reading

US government sanctions will be expanded to include Joseph Kabila’s family and other senior government, security, and intelligence officials in the DRC. The list of sanctions targets includes Kalev Mutond, Alexis Thambwe Mwamba, Emmanuel Andrupiako, Albert Yuma Mulimbi, Moïse Ekanga, Zoé Kabila and Jaynet Kabila. Kabila’s powerful allies in business are also in the firing… Continue reading