Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, March 7, 2016
To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Nate Schenkkan explains how last week’s government takeover of Turkey’s largest private newspaper deals a death blow to independent media. In time for the third anniversary of the death of Hugo Chávez, Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez reports that his cult remains alive ...
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Nate Schenkkan explains how last week’s government takeover of Turkey’s largest private newspaper deals a death blow to independent media.
In time for the third anniversary of the death of Hugo Chávez, Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez reports that his cult remains alive and well in Venezuela.
Robert Looney urges the United States to pay more attention to the root cause of the Central American migration crisis: bad governance.
Tatia Lemondzhava interprets Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov’s public musings about leaving his post as a ploy to wring concessions from the Kremlin.
And now for this week’s recommended reads:
In the Guardian, David Rieff makes the case that remembering the past can do more harm than forgetting it.
For the Washington Post’s “Monkey Cage” blog, Marc Lynch discusses the role the now suppressed Muslim Brotherhood once played in countering extremism in Egypt. Amir Hossein Mahdavi explains that, in last week’s election, Iranians were voting on whether to engage with the world, not making a choice between moderation and conservatism.
The Atlantic Council’s Anders Aslund and Adrian Karatnycky debate the pros and cons of early elections in Ukraine. The Council’s Ronald Bruce St. John dissects Libya’s proposed new constitution.
In Time, Clair MacDougall tracks the political crisis roiling Uganda as the opposition assails President Yoweri Museveni’s recent reelection as illegitimate.
In his blog, “Europeans 101,” Alex Clarkson challenges the traditional assumption that anti-corruption reforms in countries like Ukraine and Russia are vital to democratization.
CNN’s Greg Botelho reports on the death of Hassan al-Turabi, the Sudanese Islamist who once invited Osama bin Laden to the country.
And Najwa Younes writes for Tunisialive about the disappearing practice of Amazigh (Berber) tattoos in Tunisia.
In the photo, an Iranian woman shows her inked finger after casting her ballot at a polling station in Tehran on February 26, 2016.
Photo credit: ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images
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