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News You Really Need To See: “How to Build an Autocracy”

“How to Build an Autocracy” The Atlantic, March 2017 https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/03/how-to-build-an-autocracy/513872/ “No society, not even one as rich and fortunate as the United States has been, is guaranteed a successful future.  When early Americans wrote things like ‘Eternal vigilance is the … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Where Jobs Are Squeezed by Chinese Trade, Voters Seek Extremes”

“Where Jobs Are Squeezed by Chinese Trade, Voters Seek Extremes” The New York Times, April 25, 2016 “Disenchantment with the political mainstream is no surprise.  But research to be unveiled this week by four leading academic economists suggests that the … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Paul Kagame and the Seduction of Power

Jan. 13, 2016 by Darius  President Paul Kagame of Rwanda rang in the new year by announcing that he would run for a third term as president. A few weeks previously, Kagame had engineered a popular referendum to amend the … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Foreign Policy Quiz

Sept. 19, 2015 by Darius  So far, what scant attention has been paid to foreign policy in the 2016 presidential race has focused on the candidates’ ever more hysterical denunciations of the Iran deal or Donald Trump and his idiotic … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Guatemala Votes to Strip Its President of Immunity”

“Guatemala Votes to Strip Its President of Immunity” The New York Times, September 1, 2015 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/02/world/americas/guatemala-votes-to-strip-its-president-of-immunity.html?ref=world “In a sweeping rejection of entrenched corruption, Guatemala’s Congress voted on Tuesday to strip President Otto Pérez Molina of his immunity from prosecution, a … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Exodus From Puerto Rico Could Sway Election”

“Exodus From Puerto Rico Could Sway Election” The Washington Post, July 27, 2015, p.A1 http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/exodus-from-puerto-rico-could-upend-florida-vote-in-2016-presidential-race/2015/07/26/d73bc724-3229-11e5-8353-1215475949f4_story.html “Puerto Rico’s economic crisis meant Jeffrey Rondon, 25, struggled to find even part-time work, so he recently joined the growing exodus from his Caribbean island … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Ocalan Niece’s Swearing-In Ceremony Marks Milestone for Kurds”

“Ocalan Niece’s Swearing-In Ceremony Marks Milestone for Kurds” Al Monitor, July 1, 2015 http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/07/turkey-pkk-ocalan-niece-breaks-taboos-politics.html “In 1991, iconic Kurdish activist Leyla Zana became the first Kurdish woman elected to Turkey’s parliament.  While taking the oath, she uttered a few Kurdish words that were … Continue reading

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