Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, August 3, 2015
To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Howard W. French takes a critical look at President Obama’s much-hailed speech in Nairobi. Yasmine Ryan profiles a Tunisian activist who was tortured by the pre-revolutionary dictatorship — and who wants his country to confront the crimes committed by the ...
To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Howard W. French takes a critical look at President Obama’s much-hailed speech in Nairobi.
Yasmine Ryan profiles a Tunisian activist who was tortured by the pre-revolutionary dictatorship — and who wants his country to confront the crimes committed by the old regime.
Ievgen Vorobiov reports on a local Ukrainian election that highlights the weaknesses of a fragile democracy. Vladislav Davidzon covers Kiev’s decision to ban French film star and Putin buddy Gérard Depardieu from the country.
Michael Cecire explains why the recent mass protests in Armenia failed to address the country’s lopsided dependence on Moscow — and why this is likely to change.
Knox Thames urges greater action against the threat posed to the free practice of religion by religious extremism.
And now for this week’s recommended reads:
The Carnegie Endowment’s Nathan J. Brown and Michele Dunne explain why the Egyptian state’s harsh crackdown on Islamists is radicalizing the Muslim Brotherhood.
Freedom House’s Nate Schenkkan interprets Turkey’s escalating campaign against the Kurds as a cynical ploy by the ruling AKP party to regain its parliamentary majority.
In the Wall Street Journal, Malaysia’s imprisoned opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim calls out his country’s political repression and vows to continue the fight for democratic reform. (The article is behind a paywall).
International Crisis Group’s latest Latin America briefing warns that Venezuela’s mismanaged economy could lead to a full-blown humanitarian crisis.
Writing for Open Society Foundations, Libby McVeigh and Alex Tinsley show how authoritarian governments are trying to use Interpol as a tool of political vengeance.
In Stars and Stripes, Ashley Rowland and Yoo Kyong Chang explain how a series of court rulings in South Korea attest to the country’s increasing willingness to own up to past abuses.
Philip Heijmans of the New York Times takes a snapshot of the culture of political satire in Burma.
In the photo, left-wing protesters clash with anti-riot police in Istanbul’s Gazi district on July 26, 2015.
Photo credit: BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images
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