What is the US Democratic Party?

  • One of the two major US political parties, with over 43 million members.
  • Ideology is that of Social liberalism, Social democracy and Progressivism, the cocktail of which supports a mixed economy and social justice.
  • Since it's foundation in around 1828, there have been 15 Democratic presidents, the most recent of whom is Barack Obama.

Who is Bill Clinton? (1946 – present)

  • US politician (Democrat) and former US President (1993-2001) inaugurated at age 46, married to Hillary Rodham Clinton.
  • Policy tone of his term attributed to a centrist Third Way of governance (synthesis of right-wing economic and left-wing social policies).
  • Acquitted on all impeachment charges in wake of Lewinsky Sex Scandal (1998), and left office with highest end-of-term approval rating of any U.S. president since WW2.

Who is Hillary Rodham Clinton? (1947 – present)

  • US politician, former US Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and First Lady (wife of former president Bill Clinton).
  • Born in Chicago, Illinois, she is a former lawyer and graduated from Wellesley College and Yale Law School.
  • Member of Democratic party and has not yet declared her intentions vis-a-vis the 2016 presidential ballot.

What were the 2014 Hong Kong protests (Umbrella Movement/Umbrella Revolution)?

  • Started Sept. 2014 when activists protested outside the HK Govt. HQ & occupied intersections in response to China's decisions on proposed HK electoral reform.
  • Protesters want HK to be allowed to choose leaders in 2017 elections without interference from China.
  • Chinese govt. has said it will allow universal suffrage, but will screen candidates for the chief executive post in advance. Protests continue.

Who is Fran├žois Hollande? (1954 – present)

  • French politician and longtime leader of the Socialist party who became President of France in May 2012.
  • Domestic policy highlights: Supporter of same sex marriage, labor reform, pension reform and creation of a European Credit rating agency.
  • Foreign policy highlights: Early withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan and continued close ties with Germany.

Who is Hosni Mubarak? (1928 – present)

  • Egyptian politician and President from 1981 - 2011.
  • In Nov 2014, charges against Mubarak over the killing of 239 protesters (during the 2011 uprising against him) were dropped.
  • Currently serving 3-year sentence for embezzlement of public funds.

Who is Klaus Iohannis? (1959 – present)

  • Romanian politician who became President in December 2014.
  • Became leader of National Liberal Party in 2014, having been as leader of Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania from 2002 to 2013.
  • Physics teacher and school inspector before entering politics.
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