Popular Consultation in East Timor: Voting Over Violence Determines Sovereignty – But Justice is Fleeting

By Jeff Fischer August 30 is the 20th anniversary of the voting in East Timor for the country’s independence from Indonesia.  The balloting was termed the Popular Consultation and was mandated under the Agreement between the Republic of Indonesia and the Portuguese Republic on the Question of East Timor, signed on May 5, 1999 by […]


Civility, Conflict, and Democracy

By Avram Reisman Recently, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib faced a barrage of criticism from pundits and the media for her plans to “impeach the motherf*****” referring to President Trump. Also recently, continuing his campaign tactic of name-calling as President, Mr. Trump called a Democratic member of Congress “little Adam Schitt”. And before both of these incidents, […]


Freeing Burundi’s Vote: The Necessity of an Independent Legislature

Pictured: Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza speaks to the media after casting his vote at the constitutional referendum in Buye, north of Ngozi, in northern Burundi on May 17, 2018. (Photo Credit: Berthier Mugiraneza, Associated Press).  By Kwadwo A. Boateng The results of Burundi’s most recent referendum on constitutional amendments see the possible extension of President […]