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Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, January 11, 2016

To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Jahd Khalil explains why the new parliament in Cairo is just a fig leaf for President Sisi’s authoritarian rule. Federico Merke predicts that Argentina may speak out more forcefully about human rights in Latin America under its new president, Mauricio ...

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Jahd Khalil explains why the new parliament in Cairo is just a fig leaf for President Sisi’s authoritarian rule.

Federico Merke predicts that Argentina may speak out more forcefully about human rights in Latin America under its new president, Mauricio Macri.

Juan Nagel covers the opening of Venezuela’s new parliament as the country heads towards conflict between the opposition and the chavista government.

And now for this week’s recommended reads:

In the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof assails the Burmese government for its horrific treatment of the Rohingya minority – and faults Nobel Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi for her silence on the issue. Also in the Times, Masha Gessen explains how foreign criminal investigations are shedding light on the corruption of President Putin’s regime in Russia.

In Newsweek, Nicholas Noe describes the “perfect storm” of instability bearing down on Algeria.

In openDemocracy, Shannon Green argues that civil society organizations that operate in authoritarian conditions must work harder to win public support for their missions.

Miki Mistrati reports in Your Middle East about a new Yemeni news site, run by exiles in Cairo, that aims to shed light on what’s happening in their war-torn country.

In the Spectator, Fraser Nelson asks why it’s so hard to convince people that the world is making drastic progress in the fight against poverty.

In Politico, Michael Crowley assesses President Obama’s failure to stand up to America’s authoritarian allies as a major stain on his foreign policy. Also in Politico, Rosa María Payá insists that the European Union must win concessions on human rights in its negotiations with Cuba.

And finally, as fans of the Washington Post’s “Monkey Cage,” we are happy to recommend Alexander Kafka’s profile of the blog — and other recent efforts to employ political science in journalism — in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

In the photo, mourners attend the funeral procession and burial of Hocine Ait-Ahmed, one of the fathers of Algeria’s struggle for independence and a key opposition figure, in the Algerian village of Ait Ahmed on January 1, 2016.

Photo credit: FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images

Ilya Lozovsky is assistant editor of Democracy Lab. Prior to joining Foreign Policy, he worked as program officer for Eurasia at Freedom House, providing emergency support to human rights activists and organizations across that continent. @ichbinilya

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