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Our democracy will be impoverished if MPs are too scared to do their jobs

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The ornate black gates that loom at the mouth of Downing Street were designed to look as though they have guarded the entrance for centuries. In truth, their installation was a relatively recent event in the history o...

Trump’s actions posed ‘unique and existential threat to our democracy,’ says Jen Psaki – video

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded to a question from a reporter about the former president filing a lawsuit to try to shield White House documents from subpoenas issued by the House select committee inve...

This government is helping big tech to undermine British democracy

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I’m retiring from the House of Lords after 24 years. In doing so I’ve found myself cast in the role of “reluctant whistleblower”. I believe we are sleepwalking towards a form of unaccountable power the like of which, ...

‘This is not democracy’: Tories accused of selling out to developers

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The prominent role played by a large housebuilding company and Tory donor in last week’s Conservative party conference has been called “terrifying” by a leading environmentalist who founded one of the most successful ...

Facebook harms children and is damaging democracy, claims whistleblower

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Facebook puts “astronomical profits before people”, harms children and is destabilising democracies, a whistleblower has claimed in testimony to the US Congress. Frances Haugen said Facebook knew it steered young user...

Democracy is dead in Keir Starmer’s Labour

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In recent weeks, I have been wearing a badge of honour. I have joined the ranks of those expelled or suspended from the Labour party. My crime? To have supported a group, recently proscribed, who oppose unjustified ex...

Twenty years on from 9/11, is US democracy working?

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In the months after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, Americans were shaken by “a sudden sense of vulnerability”, Evan Osnos writes. There was an eagerness, in those early days, to av...

Thousands gather for pro-Bolsonaro rallies as critics fear for democracy

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Thousands of diehard Jair Bolsonaro followers have converged on Brazil’s political and economic capitals hoping to stage a colossal show of support for their beleaguered president amid mounting fears over the future o...

Under the guise of tackling election fraud, the government is attacking democracy

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Next week the government will try to reverse centuries of democratic progress in this country. The Conservatives’ elections bill – copied and pasted straight out of the Donald Trump playbook – is a blatant attempt to ...

Hong Kong democracy activists jailed for illegal assembly in 2019 protests

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Seven Hong Kong democracy activists were sentenced to up to 16 months in jail for their role in an unauthorised assembly at the height of anti-government protests in 2019. They had pleaded guilty to charges, including...

The Guardian view on official secrets: plans that undermine democracy

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In the modern state, it is obvious that some government information should remain secret. However, the power to conceal should not be open to abuse so that a government is protected from censure or humiliation, or abl...

Is democracy getting in the way of saving the planet?

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What the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report confirmed this month is that the stable climate many of us grew up with is gone and has been replaced by a fundamentally unstable one. Sea levels will almost...

What does Biden’s infrastructure bill tell us about the health of US democracy?

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Is Washington functional? This week would seem to suggest that the answer is a resounding and surprising yes. On Tuesday, 69 senators – 19 Republicans and 50 Democrats – passed the “Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework...

Why isn’t Joe Biden doing all he can to protect American democracy?

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You’d think Biden and the Democratic party leadership would do everything in their power to stop Republicans from undermining democracy. So far this year, the Republican party has passed roughly 30 laws in states acr...

Pegasus: the spyware technology that threatens democracy – video

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Pegasus spyware is capable of bypassing your phone's security and gaining complete access to your device – including emails, messages, GPS location, photos, video and your phone's microphone. A Guardian investigation ...

Pegasus: the spyware technology that threatens democracy – video

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Pegasus spyware is capable of bypassing your phone's security and gaining complete access to your device - including emails, messages, GPS location, photos, video, and your phone's microphone. A Guardian investigation...

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