‘Enemies of democracy’: German police arrest far-right extremists and foil ‘plot to overthrow state’

Far-right extremists driven by online conspiracy theories have been accused of plotting to overthrow the German government in an armed coup and installing a self-styled prince as ruler.About 3,000 police carried out a series of raids across Germany on Wednesday and arrested 25 alleged members of a group called the Reich Citizens movement. German media reports say the group included ex-military figures and a minor aristocrat called Prince Heinrich XIII. Justice minister Marco Buschmann described the raids as an “anti-terrorism operation”. Germany’s top security official said the group was “driven by violent coup fantasies and conspiracy ideologies.”The group allegedly...
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Democracy's Data

Dan Bouk is a writer, professor, and cultural historian of quantification, or as Bouk puts it, the history all fascinating things “shrouded in the cloak of borningness.” In Bouk’s book, Democracy’s Data: The Hidden Stories in the U.S. Census and How to Read Them (2022), the author invites readers into the social life of 1940 US Census. The stories of the people who wrote the question, asked the questions, and answered them—or refused—is a lesson in how power is negotiated on the ground. Bouk shows that the census questions were—and are—not only queries but also statements about what matters, who counts, and the values and lifeways celebrated and suppressed in American democracy.
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LILLEY: Ford government's Bill 39 an affront to democracy

Bill 39 is a fundamentally anti-democratic law that never should have seen the light of day. It’s taking strong mayor powers for cities such as Toronto and Ottawa and putting them on steroids. Story continues below. This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content.

Vince Coakley: Candidate quality matters

Raphael Warnock defeats Herschel Walker in the Georgia Senate runoff. This gives Democrats a 51-49 majority in the Senate. FOX has more on the race:. Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock defeated Republican challenger Herschel Walker in Georgia’s high stakes Senate runoff election. While the Senate majority has already been decided,...

Germany to Continue Tough Approach Against Enemies of Democracy

The extremists who were arrested in Germany on Wednesday were planning a coup. According to the authorities involved in the investigation, those plans were serious and progressed quite far before the group was stopped. Berlin, December 8th, 2022 (The Berlin Spectator) — Twenty-two of the 25 self-proclaimed ‘citizens of the...

Across The Globe, Majority Say Social Media Good For Democracy…But Not In The US

Social media is seen as mostly good for democracy in many countries, but the U.S. is an outlier in the results.             The findings were included in a recent survey by the Pew Research Center. Overall, when people in 19 countries were surveyed, the median found that 57 percent said social media has been good […] The post Across The Globe, Majority Say Social Media Good For Democracy…But Not In The US appeared first on Knewz.
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‘Protecting our democracy’: German police foil alleged coup plot

German police conducted the largest operation in postwar history on Wednesday, staging over 130 raids on suspected terrorist-linked properties and arresting 25 people, some with military training, alleged to be involved in a plot to violently overthrow the government. The group was linked to QAnon and the Reichsbürger movement, which...