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Lebanon Has a New President (Not That It Matters)

President or no, Lebanon has had no effective governance for decades. That's not about to change.

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How Zimbabwe Made Zimbabwe’s Flag Illegal

The country's own flag has become an anti-government symbol of protest.

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A Car Bomb Rattles Georgians As Election Nears

The government in Tbilisi says all is well with democracy. But many Georgians aren’t so sure.

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Israel’s President Confronts Ukrainians With Their Past

Many in Ukraine don't want to hear about their heroes' participation in the Holocaust. But Israel's President Rivlin didn't shy away from the truth.

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Venezuela’s Long-suffering Opposition Finally Gets a Win

This week's large and peaceful protest in Venezuela shows that the momentum is finally behind the chavista government's opponents.

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A Democracy Lab Contributor Is Venezuela’s Latest Political Prisoner

Desperate to halt a recall referendum against the president, Venezuela’s government has arrested one of our authors.

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Facing Headwinds, Referendum to Recall Venezuela’s President Moves Forward

Most Venezuelans want him gone. But Nicolás Maduro still has a few tricks up his sleeve.

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Ukraine’s Meat Grinder Is Back in Business

The latest bloody fighting in eastern Ukraine shows that talk of a “frozen conflict” is premature.

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In Venezuela, the Lights Are Going Out

After years of mismanagement, Venezuela's energy industry can no longer cope. Bad governance is plunging the country into darkness.

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The Death Blow to Turkey’s Media

As of today, Turkey's largest-circulation newspaper — long a government critic — is no more.

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Shooting of Opposition Leader Roils Georgia Ahead of Contentious Election

The shooting of Aleksi Petriashvili, a former minister, introduces a dangerous new element to Tbilisi's overheated politics.

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This Time I Decided to Vote

Here's why it meant so much for one writer in Kampala to vote in Uganda's seriously flawed election.

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How Tunisia’s Crooked Cops Are Undermining the Revolution

Tunisia's uprising was a cry against pervasive corruption. Five years later, it's only gotten worse.

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Venezuela Is About to Go Bust

When the country defaults, a lot of people are going to lose a lot of money. And they deserve to.

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Five Years Later, Tunisians Take to the Streets Again

In the new, democratic Tunisia, people are protesting again — and for the same reason as before.

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