Initiative In Switzerland Calls For A Referendum On “Elections By Sortition”

Initiative In Switzerland Calls For A Referendum On “Elections By Sortition”

How representative is our representative democracy system? Does it guarantee all citizens’ equal access to opportunities, like getting elected or involved with decision making or does it need a radical upgrade because it has failed? According to Charly Pache, a Swiss with IT background, a master in economics and former vice-chairman of PP-CH, there is a lack of representativeness in our parliaments and that was […]

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Interview with the Leader of Pirate Party Finland

Interview with the Leader of Pirate Party Finland

On June 11th Pirate Party Finland (PPFI) elected a new board. After a tie between the incumbent leader (Tapani Karvinen) and the new challenger (Jonna Purojärvi) another vote was made. This time the new challenger managed to take the position to lead the party forward. Pirate Times reached out to Jonna Purojärvi with some questions. Pirate Times: Tell us a bit about yourself – your […]

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Australian Pirates Run For The Federal Elections

Australian Pirates Run For The Federal Elections

Pirate Party of Australia (PPAU) is one of the oldest pirate parties in the world. It was founded in 2008 it has extended its policies from the traditional pirate platform. Today the party has more than 1.300 members. The coming month, on July 2, seven candidates in three states run for the federal elections (aiming to do better than 2013 when they got 0,3% to 0,6% […]

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Pirates in Switzerland Vote in Favor of the Basic Income

Pirates in Switzerland Vote in Favor of the Basic Income

A very significant referendum election has been scheduled on the coming Sunday, June 5, in Switzerland. The popular initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI), supported by 100.000 citizens, is being presented to the Swiss voters for their scrutiny. It is significant because, in a direct democracy system, such as in Switzerland, whatever is presented to the citizens and voted on is binding for the […]

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Tunisian Pirates Rule the Waves – An Interview with Slim Amamou

Tunisian Pirates Rule the Waves – An Interview with Slim Amamou

On 17 January 2011, Slim Amamou was appointed as the Secretary of State for Youth and Sports – essentially a deputy minister – in a caretaker Tunisian cabinet. The caretaker cabinet had been formed after Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who had been the brutal dictator of Tunisia since a coup d’etat in 1987, had fled the country. This was the result of weeks of […]

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The Future of Democracy from the Eyes of an Organizer

The Future of Democracy from the Eyes of an Organizer

While “Future of Democracy“, a 3day international event, reaches its end in Reykjavik, Pirate Times talked to Katrin Oddsdottir, lawyer and human rights activist, one of the 25 members of the Constitution Council of Iceland and the main organizer of the event, to learn how it all began. Katrin Oddsdottir said that she and Eileen Jerrett, director and also one of the organizers, first talked […]

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A Pirate in Local Government – An Interview with David Elston

A Pirate in Local Government – An Interview with David Elston

David Elston is a member of Pirate Party UK (PPUK), and served as their Deputy Leader from July 2015 to February 2016. He has been a member of Pirate Party UK for several years. In 2014 David officially founded the Welsh branch of the party, Pirate Party Wales. In the 2015 general election, he stood as Pirate Party UK’s candidate in Bridgend in south Wales, […]

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Three Pirates Speak On the Dutch Referendum

Three Pirates Speak On the Dutch Referendum

This is a guest post from Rico Brouwer, Pirate Party Netherlands   On April 6th 2016 there will be a Dutch referendum on the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine. Me and a few Dutch Pirates created an English (and Dutch) website called dutchvote.eu about everything related to this referendum. The website gives campaign information without being biased toward a particular vote. The Pirate Party Netherlands took […]

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Pirates to Decide Everything – Elections in Catalonia 27/9

Pirates to Decide Everything – Elections in Catalonia 27/9

In the last few years, Catalonia has had an economic crisis whilst the government has been corrupt. The public health system has been partly privatized, there are mortgage problems in many families  and the unemployment is around 20%. For these, and other reasons, citizens and members of grassroots movement have created three initiatives to strengthen the rights that are lost to neo-liberalism. In this context, with a […]

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PPGR Would Like a Pirate MP on September 20

PPGR Would Like a Pirate MP on September 20

Elections have been announced for Greece in about three weeks. This leaves a very short time for preparation and a big monetary strain on small parties. Pirate Times interviewed Thanasis Gounaris, chairman of the Board of Pirate Party of Greece, about what the Greek pirates will do and if they will participate in the elections. Pirate Times: Will Pirate Party of Greece participate in the elections independently or […]

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