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16 march 2021

Andreas Bummel of Democracy Without Borders, in an op-ed published by Al Jazeera English, writes, “Democracy is under pressure across the world. According to the latest annual report by Freedom House, a United States-based non-partisan think-tank, the balance is shifting further ‘in favour of tyranny.’ In the report’s assessment, 2020 was the 15th consecutive year of declining global freedom. … As globalisation increases the need for global coordination and decision-making, democracy needs to be expanded to global institutions. Leading proposals include a UN Parliamentary Assembly, the instrument of a UN World Citizens’ Initiative and the creation of a UN Civil Society Envoy.”

The Center for a Stateless Society interviews Chris Hables Gray of the University of California, Santa Cruz about whether “today’s 193 nations [should] divide into 1,600.” Gray “believes ‘devolution’ of large nations into smaller regions will improve democratic decision-making.” Gray said, “The United States as we now know it will not last forever. In the long term I am working toward an autonomous California that will be part of an American (North) Union, not unlike the European Union but with much less bureaucracy and most of the power at the local level.”

The 2021 edition of the African Union publication AU Echo is now available online in English and in French.

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