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The Referendum To End All Referendums?

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 06.13.2012 | World

GENEVA -- Switzerland is holding a referendum this weekend – on whether to hold more referendums. A nationalist group wants voters in the Alpin...

John Celock

Voters Consider New Use For Oil Money | John Celock | Posted 06.07.2012 | Politics

Voters in North Dakota will decide Tuesday whether to continue using property taxes to fund local governments or to instead use oil funds to bolster m...

Lincoln, Nebraska -- Behind the Midwestern Smile

Michael Pettinger | Posted 08.06.2012 | Gay Voices
Michael Pettinger

It's not nice not to like your hometown, particularly when that hometown has a reputation for being a very nice place indeed.

Who Needs a Greek Government?

Peter Alexander Meyers | Posted 05.20.2012 | World
Peter Alexander Meyers

Greeks must decide to stay or go. Perhaps that is why it failed to come before the people. Perhaps that is why, when on May 6 the election was played out in a way that minimized the literal and more important question -- "Do you want to adopt the new agreement?" -- it failed again.

John Celock

GOP Lawmaker Pushes Progressive Law | John Celock | Posted 12.16.2011 | Politics

Several 2011 legislative sessions across the country have seen progressives harnessing popular power to counteract more conservative legislation. Now,...

Better Than Failure: Super Committee Can Set Up a 'National Referendum,' Avoid Sequestration

Paul Abrams | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The Super Committee can still salvage something that, for a Congress whose approval rating is just slightly north of Fidel Castro's, would actually make the American people feel empowered.

John Celock

Political Fight Over College Nickname Escalates | John Celock | Posted 11.18.2011 | Politics

North Dakota may be the next state where voters will be asked to slap down their local legislature. The bone of contention is nothing less than the fu...

John Celock

UPDATE: Democrats Get Enough Signatures To Overturn Ohio Voting Law | John Celock | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

Democrats and progressives in Ohio have just over a week to gather 10,000 more petition signatures to force a referendum to overturn the state's contr...

A Way-Out for the Super Committee... and the Country

Paul Abrams | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Each side wants the most it can get, but it must consider that the other side may decide to relinquish some of what it wants to get closer to what it estimates the American people want.

John Celock

Washington State Voters To Vote On Privatizing Liquor Sales | John Celock | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics

Washington State voters are being asked to consider privatizing the state's alcohol sales system during Tuesday's election. A year after a similar ...

The Only Major Counterweight to Economic or Political Power Is People Power

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 12.17.2011 | New York
Howard Steven Friedman

In a democracy, it is the people who need to have the power, not just the rich and powerful. Let us hope that Americans learn that their rights are very tenuous and need to be protected, rather than simply taken for granted.

Gay Marriage Advocates Fight Back In Maine

AP | DAVID SHARP | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics

LEWISTON, Maine — Gay marriage supporters began laying the groundwork Thursday for another referendum on the issue, hoping to build on momentum ...

Taking the Initiative

Nicholas Stephanopoulos | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics
Nicholas Stephanopoulos

Democrats and good-government advocates, then, have nothing to lose (and much to gain) by pushing for redistricting initiatives and referenda everywhere that they are available in 2012.

The Rogue Five: Courageous

Maurice Jourdane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Maurice Jourdane

In California a battle continues over whether to allow the people to vote whether to continue the current state tax rates or receive reduced state services like education and security on our streets.

The Referendum for Northern Sudan's Self-Determination?

Mohamed El Dahshan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mohamed El Dahshan

If the international community intends to assist the people of Sudan -- all of it -- then it should assist its economic, political and social growth, not leave it in the hands of an authoritarian regime.

A New Beginning for Southern Sudan?

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

Whatever the outcome, the challenges in Southern Sudan are daunting. Some 51 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, and more than half are under the age of eighteen. Only 27 percent of the adult population is literate.

South Sudan: Failed State in Waiting

Rob Crilly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rob Crilly

Al Jazeera's interview with President Omar al Bashir of Sudan just a couple of days before the South votes on secession is making headlines. In it h...

A New Year, A New Beginning: Stand with Our Sudanese Sisters Today

Zainab Salbi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Zainab Salbi

The New Year is a time of new beginnings, a time for making resolutions. This year, I hope you will resolve to stand with the women of South Sudan as we move to peacefully define a new beginning for ourselves.

Southern Sudan referendum - photo story

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

This week southern Sudan votes in an historic referendum, to decide whether to remain part of a united Sudan or secede and become the world's newest c...

China's Sudan Predicament

Joe Lauria | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joe Lauria

Caught between its longstanding opposition to independence movements worldwide and its expanding economic interests, Beijing finds itself remarkably choosing to court a separatist government.

Luol Deng's Assist for Freedom in Sudan (VIDEO)

John Prendergast | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
John Prendergast

Most people know Luol Deng as a basketball player for the championship-contending Chicago Bulls. As a Celtics fan, it pains me to acknowledge that ...

We Don't Need Leaders That Spit in the Face of Democracy

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

When I lived in Venezuela, I was inundated with polar opposite media coverage. State-controlled media lauded President Chavez's accomplishments while ...

Through Ballot or Bullet

Tim Luccaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tim Luccaro

According to the students I spoke with in South Sudan, the referendum represents the culmination of more than 50 years of struggle, standing as the final step in a long and painful march to independence.

Referendum Law: Don't Give the Israeli Knesset so Much Credit

Ami Kaufman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ami Kaufman

If anything kills the withering two-state solution, which could indeed happen very soon, it will be much greater forces than puny legislation passed by the most right-wing government in Israel's history.

Obama's 100 Day Sudan Countdown

Susan Morgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Susan Morgan

Sudan Now, a campaign led by a group of prominent anti-genocide and human rights advocacy organizations, has launched an initiative encouraging activists to take action over the next 100 days.