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| May 12, 2015
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Haitian parliament suspended, leaving president to rule by decree

March 2, 2015
| President Michel Martelly and the Haitian senate have been unable to agree on law for administering elections. As a result, parliament is no longer sitting and the president is now ruling by decree.
Length: 12:57 minutes (11.86 MB)
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Left-wing victory in Greece big shake-up for Eurozone

February 11, 2015
| For the past five years, Greece has been subject to a harsh austerity program with devastating effects on the economy. In January, voters decisively rejected austerity in snap elections.
Length: 14:34 minutes (13.34 MB)

Living in authoritarian democracy

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The weakening of fundamental human rights such as the rights of association and of expression, the State-sponsored intrusion in the private realm via secret electronic surveillance, the creation of powerful media conglomerates, the reduction of citizenship to voting rights, etc.: in the wake of such events, even the most charitable observer of liberal democracy could ask if this regime is not experiencing an authoritarian turn.

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Missed call: The influence of cell phone culture on accuracy in political polls

Photo: flickr/Moyan Brenn

Politics and prophecy have ancient mutual origins in military tradition. It is obvious why knowledge of the future confers strategic advantage.

Once a tradition of mysticism and ritual, prophecy now involves the application of algorithmic calculation to large data sets for the production of useful extrapolations. This is how finance capitalism evaluates companies, how Target uses sales data to know about a woman's pregnancy before she does, and how campaigning politicians know which doors to knock on or avoid.

In the era of big data, we should not be surprised that big money remains the dominant influence.

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| October 1, 2014
Asia Pacific Currents

Elections, labour and free trade agreements in Fiji

September 20, 2014
| Labour news from the Asia Pacific, and an interview about elections, labour politics and free trade agreements in Fiji.
Length: 29:14 minutes (13.39 MB)
| June 2, 2014
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The practical results of voting symbolically

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The act of voting is less simple than it seems. It looks straightforward. Mark paper, stuff in box. But precisely because it's so simple, it's susceptible to multiple interpretations. It's like communion: person kneeling takes cracker in mouth. Ya, right. Try explaining what that's about. Sheer mystery.

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