Amnesty demands urgent action for Cuban dissident ‘El Sexto’

     

Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado Machado (‘El Sexto’ – left) continues to be detained in a maximum-security prison, a month and a half after his arrest, Amnesty International reports. “El Sexto”,… Read more »

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‘Troubling escalation’ in efforts to silence Bangladesh garment workers

     

A broad crackdown on garment workers, union leaders and worker rights activists in Bangladesh marks a troubling escalation of efforts to silence garment workers and criminalize their fundamental rights to… Read more »

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Inequality threatens world economy, democracy, says WEF

     

The widening gap between the rich and poor has emerged as one of the biggest threats to the global economy, said the World Economic Forum in a report published on… Read more »

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Why democracy promotion has been superseded by ‘autocracy promotion’

     

The English language used to be an asset of the British and American democracies. Now it has become a weakness, argues the FT’s Simon Kuper: English-speaking countries are particularly easy… Read more »

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‘New generation’ of populist demagogues threaten human rights

     

  The rise of populist leaders poses a dangerous threat to basic rights protections while encouraging abuse by autocrats around the world, Human Rights Watch said today in launching its… Read more »

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A strategy for a pluralistic, inclusive Syria

     

Syria is emerging as the newest and most important safe haven for al-Qaeda as the radical Salafi-jihadi ideology threatens to subvert the pluralistic and nationalist goals of the 2011 Syrian… Read more »

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Ghana’s democracy delivered: ‘many lessons’ from 2016 elections

     

On Jan. 7, opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo took office as the president of Ghana, a month after defeating incumbent President John Mahama in a smooth presidential election that again boosted… Read more »

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