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Democracy. Democracy in the World Today: Arab Spring 2011. Arab Spring in Egypt. Mubarak . Voting. Winner: Mursi. Mursi is claiming all power: Protesters call him “ Pharoah ”. Egyptian Protests increased this week.

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what is democracy
What is Democracy?


  • A political system for choosing and replacing government through Free and Fair Elections
  • The active participation of the people, as citizens, in politics and civic life.
  • Protection of the human rights of all citizens.
  • A rule of law, in which the laws and procedures apply equally to all citizens.
point one free and fair elections
Point One: Free and Fair Elections
  • The people choose and hold leaders accountable.
  • Government based on consent of the Governed.
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Free and Fair elections continued:
  • Elected people should listen and do what the people want!
  • People have the right to criticize the government.
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Free and Fair elections cont. . .
  • Voters must be able to vote in secret, free of intimidation and violence.
  • An impartial tribunal must resolve any disputes about the election.
point two active participation
Point Two: Active Participation
  • Citizens have an obligation to become informed about issues and vote.
  • People must respect the law and reject violence.
  • All groups have equal opportunity to have their voices be heard.
point three human rights
Point Three: Human Rights
  • Freedom of Religion – no one can dictate what you can believe or think.
  • Freedom of culture – even if it is minority.
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Human Rights cont. . .
  • There is freedom in the mass media and you can choose which news outlet you prefer.
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Human Trafficking
bill of rights
Bill of Rights
  • Are any of your rights being violated?
  • Are any of these rights outdated and need to be gotten rid of?
  • Are there any rights that should be added?
equality under the law
Equality under the Law
  • The purpose of laws is to protect citizens, maintain order, and limit the power of government.
  • No one may be discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, ethnic group or gender.
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Equality under the law
  • Trial by Jury!
  • Miranda Rights
    • The right to remain silent
    • The right to an attorney
    • No self-incrimination
miranda rights reading
Miranda Rights reading
  • What are the “Miranda rights”?
  • How did the Miranda rights start?
  • If an officer comes up to you and begins to question you, but has not arrested you, do you have to answer their questions?
  • If you are arrested and you immediately begin making excuses about why you were involved, does that help you or hurt you?
  • If the police officer forgets to read you the Miranda rights, does that mean what you say cannot be used in court?
  • Before you are arrested, if you are innocent and do not proclaim innocence, can your silence be used against you?
  • What is the best way to handle a situation where a policeman is asking you questions in an accusing way?
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Equality under the law
  • You have the right to know what you are accused with.
  • You have a right to a fair, speedy, and public trial by an impartial court.
  • Torture and cruel and inhumane treatment are absolutely forbidden.

What about non-citizen suspected terrorists?

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  • What document protects American’s human rights?
  • Is democracy a solution for dealing with human rights violations around the world?
  • Why or why not? (relating to question 2)
  • Give an example of someone actively participating in our government.
  • Do you think that the laws in America are equal? Why?
rules of debate
Rules of Debate
  • You must use EVIDENCE!
  • You must avoid personal or outrageous attacks.
  • You must have something REAL to say – don’t make it up on the spot.
  • You must speak loud enough to be heard.
  • During the crossfire, you must not get angry or excessively loud.
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  • A government where every citizen votes on every issue is called a _______ __________.
  • A government where every citizen votes on a person to represent them is called a _____ _________.
  • In order for a democracy to work you must have _______ and _______ elections.
  • In order for a democracy to work the people must actively __________ in politics and civic life.
  • The type of government we have in America is a ________ ________.
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  • What was the “Arab Spring?”
  • Who was the leader in Egypt prior to the Arab Spring and what happened to him?
  • Who won the Egyptian election in June 2012? What was his party?
  • What happened to the candidate who lost the Egyptian election?
  • Why is Shafiqunder investigation?
  • What is Shafiq’s belief about the elections?
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  • What type of government do we have in America? (two words)

2-5. List the four Characteristics of that type of government.

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Black Voting Rights
  • What does the word “disfranchise” mean in this context?
  • Explain how South Carolina disfranchised the black vote.
  • Explain how Mississippi disfranchised the black vote. (give at least three ways)
  • How did the Black community respond to this treatment?
  • How did Louisiana disfranchise black voters?
  • Which southern states did not try to discourage black voters?
  • When did Black voters get complete freedom to vote?