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Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, October 28, 2013

To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow our Twitter feed: @Democracy_Lab. Erica Chenoweth analyzes the techniques that make for successful protest movements. Samia Errazzouki and Maryam al-Khawaja explain why we shouldn’t trust Middle Eastern autocrats who try to justify their rule by claiming respect for women’s rights. Anna Nemtsova watches as Sochi’s ...

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To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow our Twitter feed: @Democracy_Lab.

Erica Chenoweth analyzes the techniques that make for successful protest movements.

Samia Errazzouki and Maryam al-Khawaja explain why we shouldn’t trust Middle Eastern autocrats who try to justify their rule by claiming respect for women’s rights.

Anna Nemtsova watches as Sochi’s Olympic volunteers practice smiling.

Juan Nagel describes the dystopian nightmare of crime-ridden Venezuela.

Mohamed El Dahshan ruminates on the recent U.S. cuts in aid to Egypt.

Besar Likmeta reports on Tony Blair’s new mission to Albania.

Christian Caryl warns against the dangers of rule by the few in a world dominated by the super-wealthy.

Finally, Prachi Vidwans presents a visual analysis of protestors wielding unlikely weapons of dissent: pots and pans.

And now for this week’s recommended reads:

Arch Puddington of Freedom House offers talking points to the defenders of democracy around the world.

Democracy Digest offers its take on the new White House strategy for the Middle East, which downgrades democracy promotion; it also presents an illuminating interview on the situation in Tunisia with a leading Tunisian labor union official.

A new Asia Foundation report offers a primer on the local governing structures codified in Burma’s 2008 Constitution.

Writing for the Monkey Cage, Jason Brownlee, Tarek Masoud, and Andrew Reynolds zero in on two factors that determined which states were vulnerable to the Arab Spring.

Al Arabiya reports on the latest unrest from Sudan, suggesting that the regime is "on the verge of collapse."

In the Financial Times, Borzou Daragahi explains how the countries of the Arab Spring are rewriting school textbooks to reflect changed circumstances.

Writing for Project Syndicate, Daniel A. Bell and Chenyang Li contend that Singapore’s "compassionate meritocracy" poses a real challenge to liberal democracy.

Tech in Asia‘s Enricko Lukman reports on the huge success of Indonesia’s crowd-sourced corruption website.

(The photo above shows Turkish dissidents huddled together in a cloud of tear gas and mist during a recent protest.)

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