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· June, 2014

Stories about Elections from June, 2014

Hundreds of Thousands of Hong Kongers Are Defying China and Demanding the Right to Nominate Their Next Leader

A total of 700,000 people have already voted in an unofficial referendum on democratic electoral reform, despite condemnation from China and massive DDoS attacks against the website.

Russia's Failed e-Democracy?

Last year, the Kremlin launched an online portal where citizens can propose and vote on their own legislative ideas. The e-democracy experiment disappointed many, however.

The Influence of the World Cup in the Colombian Election

Image by Globovisión on Flickr. CC BY-NC 2.0. On the blog Trayectoria Económica (Economic trajectory), Daniel Bustos writes about the recent presidential election in Colombia and analyzes a series of factors...

Journalist: Colombia's President Was Reelected Because He Campaigned on Peace

Journalist Natalia Bonilla writes on Ser Cosmopolita (Being Cosmopolitan) about the results of the run-off in Colombia's presidential election on Sunday, June 15. For her, the peace discourse was fundamental for the...

Reflections of a Colombian Voter During the FIFA World Cup

On the blog Filosofía de a pie (Pedestrian philosophy), Alejandro Martínez notes that “the T-shirt is the flag”, amidst the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the Colombian presidential election, about...

Afghans Survive Severed Fingers to Cast Second Round Votes

In April, Afghans participated in the first round of historic presidential elections. In the second round, Taliban militants sliced off Afghan fingers, but millions of votes were cast anyway.

Colombians Reelect President Juan Manuel Santos

With 98 percent of the votes officially counted in Colombia's presidential election, incumbent President Juan Manuel Santos (nicknamed Juanpa) has 5.7 percent more votes than his opponent Oscar Iván Zualuga:...

Back Without the Birds: Antigua & Barbuda Gets A New Government

Antigua and Barbuda has come out of its general elections with a new government, ending 10 years of rule for the previous administration.

The Cult of Political Personality in Trinidad & Tobago

One political blogger is tired of the mud slinging that passes for political debate in Trinidad and Tobago, suggesting instead that the electorate must demand that politicians address issues.

Thousands of Spaniards Demand a Republic Following the King's Abdication

Many observers see an intent on behalf of the crown to maintain the monarchical system with this abdication.

An Ex-Guerilla is Now Ruling El Salvador, Can He Stop the Killing?

Salvador Sánchez Cerén, an ex-guerrilla commander, assumed the presidency of El Salvador on June 1, 2014. Jamie Stark reviews what it means for El Salvador and Latin America.

Europe’s Far Right Are Inspiring Russians

While the electoral success of the Far Right worries some in the European community, many Russians have welcomed the surge in Euro-skepticism as a vindication of Moscow’s anti-EU posturing.

Can Trinidad & Tobago Rise Above Race-Based Politics?

As the Prime Minister remains mum about polarizing comments made by a religious and political leader, Trinidad and Tobago netizens wonder if the country will ever get beyond tribal politics.

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