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Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, April 08, 2013

Srdja Popovic and Mladen Joksic explain why humor is proving one of the most powerful weapons in the battle against autocracy. Mohamed El Dahshan takes the Egyptian government to task for its crackdown on satirist Bassem Youssef. Matt Andrews argues that institutional reform efforts are more likely to succeed when they incorporate local knowledge and ...

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Srdja Popovic and Mladen Joksic explain why humor is proving one of the most powerful weapons in the battle against autocracy.

Mohamed El Dahshan takes the Egyptian government to task for its crackdown on satirist Bassem Youssef.

Matt Andrews argues that institutional reform efforts are more likely to succeed when they incorporate local knowledge and interests.

Peter Murrell urges Mongolia to set tough terms for investors if it wants to maintain healthy growth over the long term.

In the run-up to this Sunday’s presidential election in Venezuela, Juan Nagel analyzes weaknesses in the campaign of opposition leader Henrique Capriles.

And Mohamed Eljarh reports on why Libya’s justice minister is standing his ground despite recent attacks by power-hungry militias.

And now for this week’s recommended reads:

In an op-ed for The New York Times, Roberto Zurbano assails the racism that permeates life in Cuba. He was later fired as the editor of a Cuban publishing house as a result.

In a new report, Human Rights Watch accuses Côte d’Ivoire of failing to hold the guilty parties accountable following post-election violence in 2010.

The Egypt Independent reports that President Morsy’s recent trip to Sudan (pictured above) has been delcared a success, citing agreements on several investment projects with President Omar al-Bashir, an accused war criminal. 

International Crisis Group offers recommendations on how to avoid conflict through security sector reform.

Lauren Wolfe reports in The Atlantic that Syria’s massive rape crisis is creating a nation of traumatized survivors.

Dilek Kurban and Ceren Sozeri of Turkish think tank TESEV offer recommendations on improving the climate for independent media in Turkey.

The Guardian showcases the realities of modern-day slavery around the world.

In The Daily Beast, David Keyes argues that allowing women to ride bikes should scarcely count as a significant reform of gender apartheid in Saudi Arabia.

The Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies identifies several threats to a sustainable peace agreement between Serbia and Kosovo.

Democracy Lab contributor Matt Andrews writes in The Guardian that the real "heroes" of development are not who we think they are. 

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