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Tunis Declaration on Modern Direct Democracy

 Tunis, May 27.─ The Tunis Declaration, published at the end of the 5th Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy held from May 14 to 17 in Tunis, calls for the establishment in Tunisia of decentralisation of power through the promotion of participatory democracy.

The latter requires a supportive infrastructure - free people and secure spaces (especially online) and independent citizen media and strong social movements and economic resources and civil society organisations--, the Declaration indicates, while stressing the need to accelerate the organisation of municipal elections, the establishment of local power, fight against corruption and promotion of transparency.

President of the Forum, Bruno Kaufmann said participatory democracy means equality and leadership for all, especially for youth and women. 

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Summit of the Americas: Why does it matter?

The Summit of the Americas opened
with 35 heads of state and government present in Panama on Friday,
Obama approaches Castro in PanamaObama approaches Castro in Panamaushering in the first meeting between the heads of state
of Cuba and the US for over half a century.
At the end of the two-day summit
participants were expected to agree on a series of action points.
But why should we care about the Summit?

- What is the Summit of the Americas?

The Summit of the Americas is a meeting of heads of state and representatives from the 35 countries that make up the Americas.

The previous meeting was held in Colombia in April 2012; they are not held at fixed intervals. This meeting, the seventh such gathering, will be held in Panama.

The first ever Summit of the Americas was summoned by Simon Bolivar, the famed "liberator of the Americas", who called a meeting in Panama for newly-independent states in 1826. Marie Arana, author of a 2013 biography of Bolivar, said: "The tensions between the US and Latin America have not really changed since the days of Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams."

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The 28th International Europe Forum Lucerne will meet soon

Lucerne, Apr.8.─ The International Europe Forum Lucerne is a Swiss platform, which promotes encounters between European representatives of politics, business, science and culture. The title for this year's conference is "Direkte Demokratie auf dem Prüfstand Folgerungen für Wirtschaft und Politik" (Testing Direct Democracy. Consequences for the Economy and Politics). The event will take place in Lucerne on 27 April 2015.

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Obama moves to block development in 9.8 million acres of Arctic Ocean

The US President also plans to block development in Arctic refuge; Alaska leaders irate ◄◄click here 

Fairbanks, Jan.27.─ Citing biodiversity and Alaska Native subsistence whaling, the Obama administration moved to block development in 9.8 million acres within the Beaufort and Chukchi seas as part of a new five-year outer continental shelf oil and gas leasing program, the draft of which was released Tuesday morning by the Department of the Interior.

The announcement came two days after President Barack Obama said he planned to ask Congress to declare much of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Northeast Alaska as wilderness, including the possibly oil-and-gas-rich coastal plain -- and a month after the president closed waters in and around Bristol Bay to oil and gas development.

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The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014

Awarded to Kailash Satyarthi & Malala Yousafzai  

Oslo, Dec.11.─ The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is to be awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. Children must go to school and not be financially exploited. In the poor countries of the world, 60% of the present population is under 25 years of age. It is a prerequisite for peaceful global development that the rights of children and young people be respected. In conflict-ridden areas in particular, the violation of children leads to the continuation of violence from generation to generation.

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