Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, January 13, 2015
To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Berivan Orucoglu laments the politically motivated suppression of a major corruption probe that implicated Turkey’s ruling party and presidential family. Christian Caryl challenges Salman Rushdie’s assertion that “religion” is to blame for last week’s attacks against French satirical magazine Charlie ...
To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Berivan Orucoglu laments the politically motivated suppression of a major corruption probe that implicated Turkey’s ruling party and presidential family.
Christian Caryl challenges Salman Rushdie’s assertion that “religion” is to blame for last week’s attacks against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Jan Culik explains why Czechs are rebelling against American idolization of famed dissident Vaclav Havel.
Juan Cristobal Nagel describes the burdens borne by ordinary Venezuelans as oil prices continue to plummet.
Mohamed Eljarh paints a grim portrait of daily hardship as rival factions battle for control of post-Qaddafi Libya.
And now for this week’s recommended reads:
In the Guardian, Elizabeth Donnelly provides background on Nigeria’s failure to challenge Boko Haram in the wake of last week’s massacre by the militant group.
George Soros, writing for The New York Review of Books, proposes a European-funded Marshall Plan for Ukraine.
The Associated Press reports on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s call for reform in Islam.
Alyssa Ayres of the Council on Foreign Relations explains why the electoral upset in Sri Lanka earlier this month bodes well for the country’s democracy. Kate Cronin-Furman, writing for the Washington Post’s “Monkey Cage” blog, has more on the vote.
The New Yorker’s Patrick Radden Keefe explores the fraught relationship between state-building and corruption.
In the Irrawaddy, Aung Zaw takes a look at the prospects for Burma’s democratic transition in the year ahead. (The photo shows entirely spontaneous merriment in a military parade on Burma’s Independence Day on Jan. 4.)
Stacey White at the Brookings Institution look back on two decades of relief efforts for refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
And finally, also in the New York Review of Books, Masha Gessen reviews Leviathan, a film about corruption and despair in modern Russia that just won a Golden Globe.
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