How Morocco’s ‘democratic experiment’ went wrong

     

Morocco, held up as a model for reform in the wake of the Arab Spring, is slipping back into autocracy, according to the Christian Science Monitor: Though a new constitution… Read more »

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Women’s rights activist’s arrest is ‘chilling’ escalation of Egypt’s crackdown

     

The arrest of a leading Egyptian women’s rights defender at her home in Cairo on December 7, 2016, represents a serious escalation in the authorities’ ongoing crackdown on independent rights… Read more »

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North Korea: The human rights and security linkage

     

Too often in the past the issue of human rights in the DPRK has been treated as a separate or even a secondary concern to the security situation, notes the… Read more »

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Burma at the Brink?

     

Burma’s future holds both promise and challenges. Along with projected positive growth rates, burgeoning foreign investment, and increased stature on the global stage, Burma’s many religious and ethnic minorities face… Read more »

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Turkey’s democratic regression: ‘pushback will have to come from within’

     

The night of July 15 marked a distinct moment in Turkish democratic history as hundreds of thousands of Turks took to the streets to defy a coup attempt, notes A…. Read more »

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A Dark Age for European Democracy?

     

In recent months, nationalists and populists on both sides of the Atlantic have challenged the values that have been at the heart of the transatlantic alliance of liberal democracies for… Read more »

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‘Audacious Atlanticist’ in Politico Europe’s list of top political personalities

     

Politico Europe’s list of 28 personalities likely to shape, shake and stir Europe in 2017 features mayors, business people, activists and journalists at the expense of political bosses – and… Read more »

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Kazakhstan moves to liquidate labor unions

     

Kazakhstan should immediately end legal moves to liquidate an independent trade union confederation, Human Rights Watch said today. An economic court in Shymkent, in southern Kazakhstan, on December 5, 2016,… Read more »

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Cuba at a Crossroads

     

The Cuban people have a profound need for international solidarity from the outside world, which has been partial and inadequate because of the obfuscation and wrong-headedness engendered by Castroism, argues… Read more »

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