TITLE

Democracy: A drama in two acts

AUTHOR(S)
Ellwanger, J. David
PUB. DATE
September 1990
SOURCE
Human Rights;Fall/Winter90, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p13
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article comments on the global state of democracy as of September 1990 in the wake of the 2,500th anniversary of the founding of democracy in Athens, Greece. In Brazil, the first popularly elected president in 30 years has taken office. After 50 years of strife, Namibia has been established as an independent nation. In South Africas, Nelson Mandela is free at last. In Eastern Europe, pro-democracy forces have brought sweeping changes in Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania. Moreover, the democratization of the Soviet Union has been seen. On the other hand, in the People's Republic of China, democracy continues to be a dream referred. Also, widespread violation of human rights still exists and diminishes everybody. And in the Middle East, international disputes can bring nations to the brink of war. The struggle for equality continues in courtrooms and communities across the land. Still, people live in a time of incredible and dynamic change. Technological developments connect people almost instantaneously to events halfway around the world. In 1990, the proud democratic heritage is acknowledged. The Greeks gave birth to democracy 2,500 years ago, and it is being reborn today. It is a fragile yet enduring form of government.
ACCESSION #
9611080121

 

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