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Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, December 12, 2016

To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. As the toll from this weekend’s bombing at a Coptic cathedral in Cairo becomes clear, Johannes Makar explains why Egypt’s Christians no longer trust their government to protect them. Robert Looney warns that Mexico’s failures of governance will cripple the ...

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

As the toll from this weekend’s bombing at a Coptic cathedral in Cairo becomes clear, Johannes Makar explains why Egypt’s Christians no longer trust their government to protect them.

Robert Looney warns that Mexico’s failures of governance will cripple the country’s ability to deal with any Trump-induced economic shocks.

This week’s recommended reads:

In the Washington Post, Margaret Sullivan profiles Chris Arnade, a Wall Street trader-turned-journalist whose coverage of Donald Trump supporters has turned heads.

For Politico Europe, Jakub Goda shows that the far-right shenanigans on Facebook are not limited to the United States.

The Washington Post’s editorial board warns that the independence of Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is in danger under the Trump administration.

In a post on Medium, Emily Parker and Charlton Mcilwain show how #BlackLivesMatter ‘s use of social media resonates with other social movements around the world.

In FT, David Pilling explains why the ideals of democracy still resonate in Africa even as sentiment appears to be changing in the rest of the world.

In Time, Feliz Solomon asks whether Aung San Suu Kyi is willing to rein in the Burmese army’s abuses.

In the Conversation, Luis Gómez Romero takes stock of Mexico’s brutal 10-year-old war on drugs.

For the Middle East Institute, Antoun Issa describes the surprisingly diverse media landscape developing in Syria.

In the photo, Egyptians gather outside the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo, where a terrorist bomb blast killed at least 25 on December 11.

Photo credit: MOHAMED METEAB/AFP/Getty Images

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