Fond memories of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles with Ed Moses, gold medal winner over 400m hurdles 
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The capital Bucharest and other cities in Romania have seen massive protests this month against a government decree that would have diluted the fight against corruption in the government  
The three-day conference at Basel University brought together direct democracy experts and activists
"Sometimes you’ll win, sometimes you’ll lose. Presuming a reservoir in goodness, that can be a risk. And there will be times when the process will disappoint you," said Obama in his presidential farewell speech.
Flawed electoral system: Donald Trump won the US presidential elections last November but had nearly three million fewer votes than his rival Hillary Clinton
Christoph Blocher (left) says there are no parallels between him and Donald Trump
Hans-Ulrich Bigler studied economics and business. He has been director of the Swiss Industrial Association since 2008 and president of the Swiss Nuclear Forum since 2016. In 2015, Bigler was elected to parliament as a representative of the centre-right Radical Party.
Iceland's anti-establishment Pirate Party did well in the elections but fell below expectations  
Mountains and democracy in common:  Switzerland and Oregon have a more direct form of democracy than most governments