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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:

    #SyrianRefugees
    The #ParisAttacks have created an uncertain future for #SyrianRefugees who want to resettle in the United States. The House of Representatives has voted to suspend the acceptance of Syrians until the vetting process is reviewed and strengthened. The Senate is considering similar legislation. Meantime, polls, taken after the Paris attacks, show a sharp spike in Americans' concerns about terrorism in general and the Islamic State in particular. On this week’s HashtagVOA,  we take a closer look at the growing role of terror, refugees and national security
    in the 2016 Presidential Campaign.

    GUESTS
    Jim Malone:
    VOA National Correspondent
    Suzanne Meriden: Director of Operations, Syrian American Council
    Jennifer Merolla: Associate Professor, Claremont Graduate University
    Jenny Yang: Vice President of Advocacy and Policy, World Relief