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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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From hard issues to hot topics, HashtagVOA explores what people are talking about on social media. And it’s a program in which you, the viewer, can join the worldwide conversation through Facebook and Twitter.  Host Cal Perry engages top experts to provide answers to your questions. The program airs each Tuesday at 1730 UTC on www.voanews.com and continues daily @HashtagVOA on Twitter and www.facebook.com/hashtagvoa

This Week's Program:

US POLICE & EXCESSIVE FORCE
A bystander's video of a South Carolina police officer shooting and killing an unarmed black man has reignited the US debate over excessive use of force by law enforcement. With Americans weighing in loudly on social media, several key questions have reemerged: Are these shootings the result of “bad apples” or part of the high cost of curbing crime in troubled areas? And, is it time to equip US police officers with body cameras? This week’s HashtagVOA seeks answers from all sides of the debate.
GUESTS
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver: Democrat - Missouri
Lorie Fridell: Professor of Criminology, University of South Florida
Steve Tuttle: Vice President of Strategic Communications, Taser Corporation