Monday Morning Headlines
Why Are Democracies Witnessing More Protests?
Paul Pillar raised an important question in a recent National Interest article concerning the trend in protests in democracies. Noting that in Brazil and Turkey, which are democracies considered stable and have governments that are democratically elected, he asks why there should be protests at all.
“The governments being protested against were freely and democratically elected. With the ballot box available, why should there be recourse to the street?”
Pillar says one reason is quite simple – that “although representative democracy is still the least bad form of government and the one best able to align the actions of the rulers to the interests of the ruled, it still has deficiencies. It does not solve all problems of stability and responsiveness. We should remember this whenever we are tempted to think of democratization as a cure for whatever overseas ill we may be focusing on at the moment.”
Egypt Should Follow The Path Of South Africa
A year after Mohamed Morsi assumed office, his legitimacy and the future of Egypt are at stake. Demonstrations are increasing each day and turning more violent as Morsi wrestles with fractures in his own government.
Rather than clamping down on the demonstrators, some advise Morsi to mimic the path Nelson Mandela took following his election to the presidency of South Africa. While it would have been easy – and understandable – for Mandela to have ignored the white minority, he chose reconciliation over retribution.
Morsi “must find ways to include the advocates of democracy in a power-sharing arrangement,” the editorial board of The Christian Science Monitor advises.
“Democracy is more than ruling with a majority, as Morsi needs to understand. It must not alienate minorities. It must have permanent checks on power. Egypt is still missing those key elements. Morsi must also recognize that those seeking full democracy have distrusted the way his associates in the Muslim Brotherhood wrote a new constitution.”
What Did Africans Want From Obama’s Trip?
From increased trade to combating the growing influence in China on the continent, the interest the US has in President Obama’s trip to Africa are widely reported. However, the Brookings Institution, solicited the opinions of African scholars and analysts to gain their perspectives and priorities.