THE QUESTION

On the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II's visit to America: Should the monarchy be abolished in Britain? Or should other nations have kings and queens so they can stop worshiping movie stars?

Posted by David Ignatius on May 7, 2007 10:05 AM

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Miriam Leitao is a reporter and columnist for O Globo and Radio CBN in Brazil. She is also a commentator on Globo TV Network and runs her own blog, www.miriamleitao.com, hosted at Globo online at www.oglobo.com.br. She was awarded Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize in 2005.

No More Fairy Tales for Brazil

Brazil's unique history, with its golden era begun under a fourteen-year-old monarch, has taught us that monarchies can be good leaders. More recent years under "republican" dictatorships have taught us the alternative is not always more democratic. But Brazil's past reminds us we do not believe in fairy tales; kings were real, but they belong in history.

Miriam Leitao Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 19 COMMENTS
May 8, 2007 at 6:00 PM
Bill Emmott is the former editor of The Economist magazine, a leading international current affairs publication from England. He is now an independent writer, speaker, and consultant on international affairs.

An Englishman Says Abolish Monarchy

Bill Emmott Great Britain | 65 COMMENTS
Bashir Goth is a veteran journalist, freelance writer, the first Somali blogger and editor of a leading news website. He is also a regular contributor to major Middle Eastern and African newspapers and online journals.

Nostalgia for Swords and Heroes

Bashir Goth Somalia/UAE | 35 COMMENTS
Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist. He was born in Jerusalem in 1955. He is a former Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University in the United States. Mr. Kuttab is the former director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University in Ramallah, Palestine and the founder of AmmanNet, the Arab world's first internet radio station. His personal web page is www.daoudkuttab.com.

Kingdoms More Stable Than Republics

Daoud Kuttab Jerusalem/Amman, Jordan | 486 COMMENTS
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» Jag Rae | Hollywood stars operate in a fiercely competitive market. People have the option to accept or reject them. Monarchy on the other hand is based on in...
» MikeB | Only English twits would honor this litter of wealthy inbred slackers. The Nglish apparently dote on every doing the swine that steal from them. Not a...
» Arthur | What we Americans should do is abolish the Presidency! It is an out-moded institution that concentrates too much power in one person's hands. The pres...
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