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Initiative In Switzerland Calls For A Referendum On “Elections By Sortition”

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Generation Nomination

How representative is our representative democracy system? Does it guarantee all citizens’ equal access to opportunities, like getting elected or involved with decision making or does it need a radical upgrade because it has failed?

According to Charly Pachy, a Swiss with IT background, a master in economics and former vice-chairman of PP-CH, there is a lack of representativity in our parliaments and that was mainly what led him to form an initiative called “Generation Nomination” (GN), aiming to ensure that all citizens potentially could be elected!

To be more specific, GN’s goals is to get rid of elections and replace them by “sortition”, as Charly puts it, a system which is based on the randomly selection of our representatives, certainly more democratic than the existing model and his real intentions is to call for a referendum in Switzerland!

Pirate Times turns 4 years!

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4years

Four years ago, on 13 August 2012, we published our first article. Since then we have published many more whilst remaining focused on our main objective with Pirate Times:

  • More international awareness between different pirate parties.
  • Spreading news internationally and sharing best practices regardless of borders.

Statistics

To date we have had 42 authors (+many guest authors) that have published 737 articles (with an additional 26 translated to French, 49 to Spanish and 16 to Greek). In total we have written 725.664 words throughout these articles over the past three years.

Election Date Set as Icelandic Pirates Hold Primaries

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'Iceland Pirates' next to party symbol

After much anticipation, the Icelandic coalition partners have announced the date of the early election to be held this autumn as 29 October 2016. The Prime Minister, Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, who only assumed the office in April, met with opposition party leaders before making his announcement, who reportedly approved the date. Sigurður did offer the caveat that “Judging by how matters progressed in parliament this spring and summer, we expect that that will happen.”

The coalition government had been reluctant to set a date for the election, as they still had a number of pieces of legislation they wished to pass. As late as 10 August, the agriculture and fishing minister told RÚV Radio: “Let’s make it clear that as soon as we have a set date, that gives the opposition a certain weapon; then it can hold parliament hostage and determine exactly what resolutions will pass in parliament. It can, in fact dictate the schedule with a filibuster or demands. That’s the reason we can’t set the date ahead of time.” He said there were over 50 individual pieces of legislation waiting to be passed.

The General Assembly 2016 of Pirate Parties International

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General Assembly 2016 - Pirate Parties International

Since January I was busy on several levels in organizing the general assembly together with some Pirates: Jessica Zinn from Berlin (Germany), Jelena Jovanovic from Belgrade (Serbia) and former Chairman of PPI, Andrew Reitemeyer from Pongaroa (New Zealand). We were appointed from the board as the general assembly committee.

PPI GA - Photo CC-BY-NC by Mike Herbst

PPI GA – Photo CC-BY-NC by Mike Herbst

Pirate Party of Austria – The First Ten Years

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pirate party austria turns 10 years old

This is a guest post by Sylvester Heller

Editors note: The author has been excluded from the Pirate Party Austria. This article reflects solely his opinion and not that of PPAT


Austrian pirates were not the first to establish their political party, of course, but they were one of the first to follow Rick Falkvinge’s example. Today, Austrian pirates celebrate their tenth anniversary – a welcome opportunity for looking back over the past decade.

On July 31st 2006, the Pirate Party of Austria (PPAT) was registered in Vienna, the country’s capital. The founder, Florian Hufsky, then a teenager barely old enough to vote, had deep roots in the city’s milieu of anti-surveillance-activists, media artists and computer tinkerers.

A New York Pirate’s Guide To Resistance

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This is a guest post from Jay Emerson, founder of the New York Pirate Party and a long time political activist.


With uprisings happening all over the U.S. lately you might be wondering what to do when the shit hits the fan.  Maybe you were thinking of going to a protest in your area to fight against some form of oppression or another, but don’t know what to wear or what to bring to the party, or even what to expect.  These activist fashion and culture guides will help you navigate the complex world of “anti-fascist” chic!

 

GEAR

Now i’m not going to go over everything because a good portion of pirates already know what to do.  What I hope to give is tips and tricks to stuff you already know.

First, you need to get some protest threads and a backpack full of helpful items. Definitely a good read:  How to gear up for the protest

Ok so you’re dressed, got your gear ready, and are about to embark to your local resistance area.

Before you do that, something I learned throughout years of activism was to bring a second set of clothing, but make it nice clothing.  Business casual.  Polo shirt and khakis or something.

Here’s why.

Interview with the Leader of Pirate Party Finland

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interview with ppfi leader jonna purojärvi for piraatipuolue

On June 11th Pirate Party Finland (PPFI) elected a new board. After a tie between the incumbent leader (Tapani Karvinen) and the new challenger (Jonna Purojärvi) another vote was made. This time the new challenger managed to take the position to lead the party forward. Pirate Times reached out to Jonna Purojärvi with some questions.


Pirate Times: Tell us a bit about yourself – your age, your profession, your history in PPFI and other facts you want to share. Who is Jonna Purojärvi?

Jonna: I’m soon to be 28 years old and I’ve actually been unemployed most of my adult life. I’ve been involved with PPFI a little over three years, starting as a candidate for the European parliament. In 2014, I was named spokesperson for PPFI and with that I also held the responsibility for social media during the 2015 parliamentary election. In the summer of 2015, I was elected to be the chairperson for Finnish Young Pirates. This post will end this month. So, for a little over a month I held the chairs for both national Pirate-organizations that we have in Finland.

Pirate Times: Were you involved in other political or non-governmental organizations, groups or teams before joining the PPFI? How did you find out about PPFI and what made you join the party?

Let’s take over Berlin! PPI GA, Elections and Turning 10!

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general assembly for pirate parties international 2016 berlin

If you have dreamed about an European summer tour this year might be the best possible moment for a pirate to discover Berlin and its attractions. Starting from summer, the annual meeting of Pirate Parties International will take place in Berlin, on 23rd and 24th July. Right after the conference, Berliners will have another exciting event stay tuned for: Pirates are running for the local elections. On top of that, German Pirates will be celebrating ten years of pirate movement, again – in Berlin.

On September 18th, the election of the House of Representatives in Berlin will be held. Surveys show the Pirates (with their top candidate Bruno Kramm) currently polling at about 3%, despite the good work that the elected pirates haved done over the past years in the Berlin “Abgeordnetenhaus” (City Parliament of Berlin). Current predictions are far from the Pirate Party’s electoral success in 2011, when they reached 8.9% of the vote. The Berlin success in 2011 initiated a huge hype and brought a national German double-digit party poll result in 2012.

A Party That Is About To Change Iceland And The World

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New Board PPIS 2016-17

Pirate Party of Iceland (PPIS) is the first pirate party ever to elect MPs in a national parliament. The founder of the pirate movement, Rick Falkvinge, was absolutely overwhelmed for being present at their latest General Assembly. In his short speech to the pirates, he mentioned the big historical moments of the pirate parties (from Sweden to Germany and now to Iceland) and Rick was warmly applauded when saying:

“You are about to change the world! It only takes one country to say enough is enough. It only takes one country to set the course for the future of civil rights. It only takes one country to tear down the gatekeepers of knowledge. As it seems Iceland is this country and the people in this room are about to write history! Thank you all! I’m so happy for you all!”

Moving to Iceland for the Pirate Party

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the change is coming in iceland and new politics will affect many

This is a guest post by Hugi Ásgeirsson, Pirate Party Sweden/Iceland


On August 11th, I’m moving back home to Reykjavík to do my part for the Icelandic Pirate Party. I feel that Iceland is poised for real change. I love my life, my job, my friends and my community in Stockholm, so this has not been an easy decision. But this opportunity is unique. People in Iceland are pushing for a new kind of politics and a better society. And we really need a new kind of politics, not only in Iceland, but also in Europe and the world. I feel that a lot of people in Iceland are moving past anger, and onto hope for progress.

Perhaps this is happening there first because we were the first to suffer the recession and because we’ve were the first to start cleaning up the mess. Perhaps my coming and going, observing Iceland from afar, has made me see this change in a particularly stark light. I saw it in the recent presidential election, where measured reflection won over pomp and arrogance. I saw it in the Icelandic football fans, who charmed Europe with positive energy, love and sportsmanship. And I’ve seen it in the Icelandic Pirate Party, that has radiated honesty and trust in the people.

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