I’m not sure quite how to say this. The Australian Government has decided that the ability of same-sex couples to marry will be determined by a nationwide survey. Forms will shortly be sent to registered voters and on Wednesday 15 November the result will be made public. That Australia has taken this long to decide…

In an opinion piece in the Guardian, dated 24 August 2017, entitled: “No alternative to austerity? That lie has now been nailed”, the author Owen Jones praises the Portuguese Socialist government for having reversed the austerity politics of the previous right-wing coalition government, and that of the troika that directed the country’s finances during the…

In 2015, the Panama Papers revelation came as a shock to the whole world. The leaked documents revealed the information about the offshore financial assets and companies of politicians, celebrities and government officials everywhere. The revelations triggered mass protests against governments, and lead to the downfall of the Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur Davio Gunnlaugsson. It’s…

Breaking party lines is a great way to step across the aisle and declare that your personal values matter more than what your party tells you to do. But, that sort of altruistic voting can cost you your job and weaken the party’s base. A novel approach to letting politicians vote in line with their…

During campaigns, politicians, including presidential candidates, often make extravagant promises to woo voters to their side to win elections. Most politicians build their platforms and personal brands on a few emotional issues that are most likely to resonate with the voters in their key districts. They then promise to effect change on these issues if…

The 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Bonn from November 6th to 17th, 2017 under the presidency of Fiji. The goal is the advance of the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The Conference of the Parties (COP) is held annually. The overall…

Climate change is a hot topic. In the aftermath of the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, cities and states have vowed to step up.  It is also time for other nations to step up on climate commitments. Earth’s average temperature has risen by 1 °C since 1850 as a result of increased greenhouse gas emissions into…

Suppressing protests by use of force does not attain peace but suppressed violence. Truth is, the latter is more detrimental than the former. Contrary to the belief in the minds of many, peaceful demonstrations as a tool for passing a message to authority, an individual or a group of people, if properly employed, is a…

IFLRY Online is IFLRY’s new initiative to allow liberals from all over the world to interact with each other more online.  In that spirit, IFLRY Vice President Nickolas Pagonakis is organising regular online seminars, in which different people in the IFLRY network explain more about the political situation in their country. These seminars are recorded…