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News You Really Need To See: “Politics: Getting Off the Train”

“Politics: Getting Off the Train” The Economist, February 6-12, 26, 2016, p.5 [special report] http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21689877-mr-erdogans-commitment-democracy-seems-be-fading-getting-train “Early in his career Mr Erdogan made a telling remark he was later to regret. Democracy is like a train, he said; you get off … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Saudi Arabia’s (Still) Abysmal Rights Record

Nov. 1, 2015 by Darius  Since 1988, the Andrei Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, named after a Soviet dissident, has been awarded by the European Parliament to a democracy activist. In practice, receiving the Sakharov Prize generally means that … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: (More) Prison Abuse in Egypt

Sept. 4, 2015 by Darius  When someone is sentenced to a prison term, it isn’t a death sentence. That’s the point. In Egypt, though, it doesn’t work that way. According to international rights groups Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Is China the New Idol for Emerging Economies?”

Aug. 13, 2015 by Darius  It is common so-called wisdom to believe that the breakup of the Soviet Union ended any challenge to the inevitable march of capitalist markets and democratic reform throughout the world.  Indeed, for much of the … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Obama’s Misguided Ethiopia Trip

July 22, 2015 by Darius  This Friday, President Obama is set to begin a tour of several African countries.  Among the countries Obama is scheduled to visit is Ethiopia; Obama’s trip will be the first time a US president has … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Egypt Journalists Face Jail for Reporting Non-Government Terrorism Statistics”

“Egypt Journalists Face Jail for Reporting Non-Government Terrorism Statistics” The Guardian, July 5, 2015 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/05/egypt-journalists-face-jail-for-reporting-non-government-terrorism-statistics “Egypt was accused of making a savage assault on free speech on Sunday, after its cabinet drafted a law that criminalises the reporting of terrorism … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Russia Sees a Threat in Its Converts to Islam”

“Russia Sees a Threat in Its Converts to Islam” The New York Times, July 2, 2015, p.A4 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/02/world/russia-sees-a-threat-in-its-converts-to-islam.html “As a teenager in St. Petersburg, Maksim Baidak hung out with neo-Nazis and right-wing nationalists, but the Russian security services mostly left … Continue reading

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