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Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, December 15, 2014

To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. William Armstrong examines the Turkish government’s new strategy of information warfare. Christian Caryl interviews a Ukrainian reformer who explains why the fight against corruption may be even more important than resisting Vladimir Putin. Anna Nemstova reports from Chechnya in the ...

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To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

William Armstrong examines the Turkish government’s new strategy of information warfare.

Christian Caryl interviews a Ukrainian reformer who explains why the fight against corruption may be even more important than resisting Vladimir Putin.

Anna Nemstova reports from Chechnya in the wake of a surprising terrorist attack.

Peter Salisbury reveals the inside story of Yemen’s extraordinary financial chaos.

Juan Nagel describes the gathering storm in Venezuela as oil prices continue to plummet.

Asma Ghribi explains why Tunisia is in urgent need of some serious transitional justice.

And finally, in an excerpt from her new book, Nazila Fathi remembers how black-market pop culture helped Iranians to cope with the travails of everyday life in the 1980s.

And now for this week’s recommended reads:

Financial Times presents a unique exposé of high-level corruption in Bahrain.

Anders Aslund of the Peterson Institute for International Economics analyzes the economic reform program of the new Ukrainian government.

Foreign Policy’s Bel Trew looks at Cairo’s new crackdown on Egyptian gays. Elias Groll illuminates the peculiar tale of USAID’s covert involvement with Cuba’s hip-hop scene.

Writing for Jacobin, Spanish reformist Pablo Iglesias offers a new vision of the future of the Left.

At Jadaliyya, Maren Milligan explains why outsiders keep getting the conflict in Libya wrong.

Human Rights Watch argues that it’s time for both Jakarta and Washington to come clean about Indonesia’s 1965-66 anti-communist massacre.

International Crisis Group provides much-needed background on the continuing ethnic conflict in the Central African Republic.

At Al Jazeera, Mark Levine compares Tunisia’s successful transition with Egypt’s failure.

Karol Boudreaux of Devex draws the link between good governance and the proper use of natural resources in Namibia.

And, in case you missed it, a Syrian journalist covertly films what life is like for women in ISIS-controlled Raqqa. (The photo above shows a Syrian Shiite boy participating in the annual Arbaeen mourning rituals.)

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