Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, September 23, 2013

Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, September 23, 2013

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Cenk Sidar proposes an urgently needed step for reforming Turkish democracy. In Ankara, protesters donned masks, pictured above, of a Gezi Park protester during his accused killer’s trial.

Angus Deaton meditates on the relationship between health, wealth, and the efficacy of foreign aid in an excerpt from his new book.

Anna Nemtsova reports on the spiraling violence in Dagestan and what Vladimir Putin is trying to do about it.

Min Zin argues that it’s time for the international community to re-engage with Burma’s military.

Sriram Balasubramanian digs into the controversy around India’s new biometric identification system.

Neha Paliwal explains why some Africans are up in arms over — statistics.

Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez looks at the motives behind the Venezuelan government’s campaign to popularize the constitution.

Mohamed Eljarh sees danger ahead for Libya and its prime minister as fissures between competing political camps widen. 

And now for this week’s recommended reads…

As part of its 30th anniversary celebrations this year, the National Endowment for Democracy launches a new campaign featuring 30 global pro-democracy activists under the age of 30.

Google unveils a new site called Constitute, featuring a searchable database of all of the world’s constitutions.

Hugh Eakin and Alisa Roth despair for the more than 2 million Syrian refugees that face daily violence and an unwelcoming, sectarian world.
In an op-ed for the Washington Post, physician Samer Attar offers a powerful account of his recent stint tending to the wounded of Aleppo.

In an article for Foreign Affairs, Ibrhaim Sharqieh argues that Tunisia’s revolution remains a model for other Arab Spring nations.
Writing for the Atlantic Council, Naim Ameur reports on the deepening political conflict in Tunisia as opposition groups intensify their calls for the president’s resignation.

The Irrawaddy reports on Aung San Suu Kyi’s recent statements that Burma can’t achieve real democracy without reforming the military-authored constitution.

Democracy Digest analyzes the recent arrest of a key Muslim Brotherhood activist in Egypt and what it tells us about the military regime’s current crackdown on Islamists.

Human Rights Watch demands that Libya hand over Saif al-Islam Qaddafi, son of Muammar Qaddafi, to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Zack Beauchamp, writing for Think Progress, covers the African Union’s deliberations on whether to follow Kenya’s lead by staging a mass exodus from the ICC.

The International Crisis Group’s new report issues a recommendation to the Pakistani legislature on how to reassert its authority and consolidate the country’s democracy.

The International Center for Transitional Justice balks at Bangladeshi courts’ decision to hand down a death sentence in a genocide trial without conducting a proper investigation.