Submitted by Terry on Wed, 09/28/2011 - 06:59.
We hear much talk of “democracy” across the Arab World in these days. But what are the elements that make for true democracy?
Democracy is, of course, much more than multi-party elections and the right to vote! For Democracy to work, a country also needs an educated and informed electorate, which in turn needs a free and fair press, which in turn needs a strong and independent judiciary. And, all of these “institutions” of democracy can only survive if there is a strong but accountable security apparatus to maintain law and order.