Author Archives: DemDigest

Youth in the vanguard of civic activism?

     

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Algerian authorities to “immediately and unconditionally” release the numerous peaceful pro-democracy activists who have been detained since September. Some of those arrested include… Read more »

Countering ‘high-tech illiberalism’: Information pollution’s disturbing power

     

Online disinformation campaigns supported by fundamental changes in military and geopolitical strategies of major players such as Russia and China harden tribal factions and undermine the security of infrastructure systems in… Read more »

Post-1989 structures need ‘remodeling, even democracy,’ says Walesa

     

Did Central Europe’s democratic forces defeat one form of authoritarianism, but fail to anticipate other threats to freedom? The post-Cold War disruption in job markets, economic inequities, and disputes over… Read more »

The real story behind Bolivia’s protests

     

Evo Morales, the exiled former president of Bolivia, said he is willing to sit out the country’s next presidential election if he can finish the last few months of his… Read more »

Central and Southern Africa: Civil Society’s Role in Democratic Governance

     

As a leader on a policy reform project I worked on in Africa a few years back, I learned many things, writes Adeola Akinremi, Director of Strategic Communications at Policy… Read more »

How social movements can counter democratic downgrades

     

Europe’s populist revolt is realigning the continent’s politics around new fault lines: City versus countryside, working class versus highly educated elites, “sovereignists” versus “globalists.” This has come at the expense… Read more »

World has more but weaker democracies: Backsliding ‘a growing malaise,’ report says

     

“Despite the continued quantitative increase in the world’s democracies, the quality of the world’s democracies is eroding,” the Stockholm-based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) concludes in its… Read more »

China’s authoritarian rule is coming back to bite it – and us

     

China’s Communist leaders are engage in an ideological conflict with liberal democracy on the global stage and, domestically, using modern-day totalitarian brainwashing, bizarre lies and industrial-level indoctrination to suppress Muslims…. Read more »