Category Archives: Politics

What is an illiberal democracy?

The world is changing. But is the world changing for the better? This is really an arguable question. But I think as a formidable trend, democratic ideas and practices are sweeping through the globe, embraced by all people who really desire human dignity and want a more civilized human life. Unfortunately, dictatorship or the authoritarian regimes are dying hard. They are trying and will try all means possible to keep them in power to safeguard their interests. Russia is a typical example of illiberal democracy — I ‘d like to quote Wikipedia: An illiberal democracy, also called a pseudo democracypartial democracylow intensity democracyempty democracyhybrid regime or delegative democracy, is a governing system in which, although elections take place, citizens are cut off from knowledge about the activities of those who exercise real power because of the lack of civil liberties. It is not an ‘open society‘. There are many countries “that are categorized as neither “free” nor “ not free,” but as “probably free,” falling somewhere between democratic and nondemocratic regimes”.

Quite many people think the Arab Spring might lead to the emergence of more illiberal democracies. We still have to fight against such kind of fake democracy in a long run.

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The Aftershock Survival Summit

Can that be true? IS it is that horrible, snow after frost? Welcome comments.

Factors leading to poverty

According to Bill O’Reilly, the foollowing four factors result in poverty:

1. Poor education

2. Irresponsible behaviors

3. Substance abuse

4. Laziness.

I can not agree more.

Corruption Index and Integrity Deficit

What is corruption index?

A score of 10 indicates a country with the highest standards, and 0 as highly corrupt.

Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore with 9.3. They were also at the top of the table last year.

In the 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index, Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore tie for first place. Countries with a legacy of conflict continue to dominate the bottom rungs of the list of 178 states.

Source: Transparency International

The index assigns scores of between one and 10, one being highly corrupt.

Here is a list of the most corrupt nations:

RANK COUNTRY SCORE

178 Somalia 1.1

176 Myanmar 1.4

176 Afghanistan 1.4

175 Iraq 1.5

172 Uzbekistan 1.6

172 Turkmenistan 1.6

172 Sudan 1.6

171 Chad 1.7

170 Burundi 1.8

168 Equatorial Guinea 1.9

168 Angola 1.9

The United States fell to 22nd from 19th last year, with its CPI score dropping to 7.1 from 7.5 in the 178-nation index.

Source: Reuters/Transparency International:

Source: U.S. slips to historic low in global corruption index