Author Archives: DemDigest

Russia protests show Kremlin ‘failing to keep its system afloat’

     

  Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny today walked out of a Moscow jail after serving a 30-day sentence for violating Russia’s restrictive protest laws. He spoke defiantly to journalists waiting… Read more »

Cubazuela: How Cuba taught Venezuela to quash dissent – special report

     

The Trump administration is engaged in secret negotiations with Diosdado Cabello, the head of Venezuela’s socialist party, The Associated Press reported Monday, as members of President Nicolás Maduro’s administration seek… Read more »

Democracy & authoritarianism in a ‘process of competitive decay’ – outcome uncertain

     

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, prominent international relations experts such as the late French political philosopher Pierre Hassner argued that the world was witnessing a process of competitive… Read more »

Pro-democracy protests are ‘rattling’ China’s leadership – and the world

     

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement is rattling China’s leadership – and the world, Newsweek reports. “We may be seeing a tragedy unfolding again right before our eyes,” said Stephen Roach, the… Read more »

Facebook, Google, Twitter and the ‘Digital Disinformation Mess’

     

With platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, modern-day purveyors of disinformation need only a computer or smartphone and an internet connection to reach a potentially huge audience — openly, anonymously… Read more »

‘Autocracy Now’ – personalized authoritarianism

     

  The leading figures on the world stage today practice a brutal, smash-mouth politics, a personalized authoritarianism, notes Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose. Old-school strongmen, they do whatever is needed to… Read more »

How liberal democracies can demonstrate capacity for reinvention & renewal

     

Is contemporary capitalism compatible with liberal democracy? The glib answer, though not wrong, is that it had better be. There are no known examples of fully socialized economies with a… Read more »

Have liberal democratic model’s geopolitical limits been reached?

     

The annus mirabilis of 1989 will not be repeated, says a former State Department adviser. Democracy and the other political principles that are at the foundation of the United States are… Read more »

Money, muscle, media: China’s soft power failure makes CCP leaders ‘look like bullies’

     

  China has deployed a three-pronged strategy to suffocate pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong — propaganda, economic leverage and intimidation, or media, money, and muscle. For instance, videos – including… Read more »