Tag: labor unions

Can new social contract restore faith in democracy?

     

Labor unions have played a critical role in democratic transitions, in sustaining democracy and  as civil society groups advancing pluralism and democratic norms. So the latest annual Global Rights Index from the… Read more »

Solidarity? Poland’s democracy anniversary exposes divisions

     

The struggle for freedom against tyranny in Poland in 1989 was defined by a single word: solidarity. Workers and union leaders, teachers and students, church leaders and intellectuals united in… Read more »

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 »

Ethiopia’s transition: ‘change at the top is not enough’

     

It has been a whirlwind year for Ethiopia since Abiy Ahmed became prime minister, say analysts Ahmed Soliman and Abel Abate Demissie. He has initiated a raft of reforms to… Read more »

Blunting the hard edge of China’s ‘Sharp Power’

     

Faculty members at Cornell University said on Monday that they were cutting ties with a leading Chinese university after reports that it was harassing and intimidating students leading a campaign… Read more »

Why leftist-Islamist alliance won Iraq’s elections

     

  Failure to predict the emergence of the leftist-Islamist alliance that won Iraq’s May elections resulted from a focus on elite politics and sectarian dynamics that obscured these underlying cross-ideological… Read more »

Cuba uses job sector as tool of repression, Amnesty reports

     

  The Cuban voices at the heart of a new Amnesty International briefing describe feeling weighed down and suffocated in their daily lives, the group notes: Successive decades of disproportionate… Read more »

The problem with Cuba’s ‘new economy’

     

When Raúl Castro steps down as Cuba’s president in February 2018, he will hand off to his successor the unfinished task of reforming the economy, notes William LeoGrande, Professor of… Read more »