The U.S. government champions itself as the father and chief promoter of democracy around the world and denounces adversarial countries as "dictatorial regimes." In reality, electoral procedures and politics vary greatly across countries, warranting on-site examination of equal access among contestants, voting eligibility, voter accessibility, pluralism, media freedom, public debate, freedom from money corruption, security and integrity of polls, secrecy of ballots, transparency of tabulation, formalization of oversight, and institutional stabilization during contestation and transition.
Dr. Sharat G. Lin will present his first-hand experiences in observing and monitoring elections in Mexico, El Salvador, Cuba, Venezuela, and the U.S. states of Georgia and California.
Sharat G. Lin, PhD (Medical Physics), is a research fellow at the San José Peace and Justice Center and its former president. He is a co-founder of South Asians for Collective Action (US), a member of Jan Vigyan Samiti (People’s Science Committee, India), and he helped organize contract laborers for Vikalp (Alternative, India). He is affiliated with the Initiative for Equality and Human Agenda.
Dr. Lin writes and lectures on global political economy, labor migration, the Middle East, and public health. He travels extensively and reports first-hand on current issues.
He writes and lectures on global political economy, labor migration, social movements, and public health. His extensive travels have placed him on the front lines of epic moments in history including the Cultural Revolution in China, Nicaragua after the Sandinista revolution, Egypt during the Arab Spring uprising, and many others. His recent investigations include election observing in Mexico and El Salvador, the Alberta tar sands, and the political disaffection in the U.S. Rustbelt and Appalachia.
Sponsored by the Monterey Peace and Justice Center and the Peace Coalition of Monterey County.