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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:

TALKING ABOUT DEPRESSION
The WHO estimates that 350 million people around the world suffer from depression. That’s about four percent of the population, making depression the second-leading cause of disability. A recent study suggests that people living in the Middle East and North Africa experience among the highest rates, yet depression there and in many other regions carries with it a large social stigma. What are the causes of depression, why is it on the increase, and what can be done? “Talking About Depression” this week “On The Line.”
GUESTS
Dr. Ronald Earl Smith: Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst; Former Chair - Department of Psychiatry, National Naval Medical Center
Dr. Bill Slaughter: President, Gaza Mental Health Foundation