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Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, April 15, 2013

In the run-up to a crucial general election in Malaysia, Deborah Loh profiles Nurul Izzah Anwar, the daughter of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and the hope of a new generation of reformers. Anna Nemtsova reports on the Russian resort town of Sochi, where some inhabitants are suffering from the construction of the new Olympic city. ...

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In the run-up to a crucial general election in Malaysia, Deborah Loh profiles Nurul Izzah Anwar, the daughter of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and the hope of a new generation of reformers.

Anna Nemtsova reports on the Russian resort town of Sochi, where some inhabitants are suffering from the construction of the new Olympic city.

Thor Halvorssen and Gary Kasparov profile Miguel Hernández, a Venezuelan man who has faced years of legal trouble because he wore a Bart Simpson shirt criticizing Hugo Chávez.

Rula al-Saffar assails the Bahraini authorities for targeting doctors who try to help protestors.

Isobel Coleman breaks down critiques of the little explained BRICS bank into ten simple questions.

Juan Nagel looks at the many mysteries surrounding Venezuelan presidential-elect Nicolás Maduro.

Maikel Nabil Sanad reveals the unique partnership springing up between Egyptian and Israeli objectors to mandatory conscription.

And now for this week’s recommended reads:

The April issue of the Journal of Democracy analyzes the relationship between Islamists and democracy, the role of armies in revolutions, and a series of lessons from Latin America.

In a piece for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Mahmoud Salem contends that the International Monetary Fund shouldn’t loan additional funds to Egypt without putting more pressure on President Morsy. Bradley Hope, reporting for the United Arab Emirates’ The National, describes Egypt’s efforts to track down the money squirreled away by the family of deposed dictator Hosni Mubarak. And a Chatham House report by Anthony F. Lang argues for greater realism when assessing post-revolutionary efforts to write a new Egyptian constitution.

The Atlantic Council’s Faysal Itani discusses the political ramifications of Jordan’s deepening economic challenges.

Jadaliyya’s Fabio Merone presents the results of his interviews with a young leader of Tunisia’s Ansar al-Sharia

Reporting for Time, Justin Bergman asks if Burma can avoid the curse of sex tourism.

In Americas Quarterly, Democracy Lab contributors Thor Halvorssen and Javier El-Hage argue that the Venezuelan electoral commission is showing its weakness by blocking the Organization of American States from monitoring the presidential election.

The crisis mapping group Ushahidi releases the results of its survey of hate speech during the recent presidential campaign in Kenya.

Writing for Foreign Policy’s Middle East Channel, Mark Beissinger, Amaney Jamal, and Kevin Mazur present the findings of the Arab Barometer’s survey of political participation during the Arab Spring. 

 

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