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ON THE LINE: Democracy Analyzedi
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September 13, 2013 3:00 AM
According to the United Nations, "Democracy is a universal value based on the freely expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems and their full participation in all aspects of their lives." Yet, huge parts of the human population live without this universal value. And many who have it complain about being left out of the decision making process. As the United Nations observes September 15th as the “International Day of Democracy”, we talk about the state of democracy in today's world on this week's episode of "On the Line". GUEST Jeffrey England: Sr. Advisor for Middle East & North Africa, The National Democratic Institute

ON THE LINE: Democracy Analyzed

Published September 12, 2013

According to the United Nations, "Democracy is a universal value based on the freely expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems and their full participation in all aspects of their lives." Yet, huge parts of the human population live without this universal value. And many who have it complain about being left out of the decision making process. As the United Nations observes September 15th as the “International Day of Democracy”, we talk about the state of democracy in today's world on this week's episode of "On the Line". GUEST Jeffrey England: Sr. Advisor for Middle East & North Africa, The National Democratic Institute

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This Week's Program:

ISIS - CHILD SOLDIERS   
They are called the "Cubs of Caliphate", but they are really just children, some as young as five, recruited or forced into joining the army of the Islamic State. UNICEF says insurgents in Nigeria, Sudan and South Sudan are also kidnapping children and putting them in uniform. Why is this tactic so prevalent, what is the long-term damage, and what can be done to stop the practice? This week's HashtagVOA takes a closer look.


GUESTS
Leila Zerrougui: UN Special Representative for Children and Armed conflict
Arie W. Kruglanski: Professor, University of Maryland
Opiyo Oloya: Author, "Child to Soldier: Stories from Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army"