Venezuela at a critical crossroads: transition ‘stalled, not derailed’

     

President Nicolas Maduro called for an early election, Reuters reports (HT: CFR) for the opposition-controlled National Assembly. Many Western countries have recognized the head of the assembly, Juan Guaido, as… Read more »

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How Kremlin’s ‘tools of malign political influence’ undermine democracy

     

Kremlin-backed hackers discussed plans to stir up racial resentment in the United States in hopes of tearing American society apart, according to secret documents obtained by a Russian opposition group…. Read more »

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China’s ‘Algorithms of Oppression’: weaponizing artificial intelligence

     

Since April 2017, the Chinese government has interned, imprisoned, or forcibly disappeared at least 435 intellectuals as part of its intensified assault on Uyghurs and erasure of their culture. This… Read more »

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Populist right ‘has already won’ the European Parliament elections?

     

As voters prepare to elect a new European Parliament, Europeans feel disaffected with the performance of democracy in their countries. In six of the 10 European countries surveyed, half or… Read more »

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Russia’s ‘opposition at a distance’ as new civil society emerges?

     

The entire politics desk of one of Russia’s top daily newspapers, Kommersant, quit on Monday in protest over censorship after two veteran reporters were fired. The walkout at the newspaper controlled… Read more »

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Saudi crackdown targeting women’s rights activists

     

One year ago, just as the Saudi government finally ended the ban on women driving, many activists who had campaigned against the ban and for women’s rights more generally were… Read more »

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Populist malpractice raises serious concerns about European elections’ integrity

     

For weeks, Europe’s far-right populists have been dashing across the Continent, joining arms and presenting themselves as a united front that will batter the political establishment and score a big… Read more »

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1 in 5 elections faced cyber interference, but disinformation ‘not as threatening as you think’?

     

One in five national elections held worldwide since 2016 were potentially influenced by foreign interference, according to new research. An analysis of 97 national elections and 31 referenda that have been… Read more »

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A new kind of Cold War? Facing up to China’s sharp power strategy

     

A previously unreported meeting is an example of how the Chinese government directly — and often secretly — engages in political activity in Australia, making the nation a laboratory for… Read more »

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Civic activism: democracy’s new hope or false dawn?

     

Seventeen Sudanese and international civil society groups* have urged the African Union to take action after militiamen attacked protesters at the sit-in in front of the military headquarters in central… Read more »

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