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August 09, 2018
Friday, August 3 Cuban authorities arrested Jose Daniel Ferrer, leader of the Unión Patriotica de Cuba (Patriotic Union of Cuba – UNPACU), near Santiago de Cuba. Normally, when the regime arrests a dissident it is not newsworthy as it occurs with depressing regularity. However, Ferrer’s arrest—and... Read More
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June 21, 2018
A Turkish presidential candidate held a rally in front of Austrian, German, Dutch and other European Diaspora, in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Yes, you read that right. Ahead of Turkey’s snap parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for June 24, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan... Read More
June 16, 2018
The Trump administration’s National Security Strategy identifies terrorism and violent extremism (VE) as a top priority. The president’s strategy to address these issues is to allocate more money for... Read More
June 11, 2018
For many years the region of Southern Africa was considered a democratic stronghold on the continent. However, over the last five years, the region has experienced democratic backsliding including political leaders and ruling parties exercising unconstitutional methods to consolidate power and... Read More
June 04, 2018
I am blessed to have a job where I am inspired every day by the work IRI does-- working alongside partners as they strengthen their democracies. We work with activists to address corruption... Read More
June 01, 2018
When the IRI team in Morocco first met Farida Ait El Mouden, a Tarmigte Communal Councilor, in January of last year, she and her colleagues were struggling to meet the demands of their constituents. Upon first being elected, Farida recalled feeling afraid that she would not be able to fulfill her... Read More
May 17, 2018
Looking at the Syrian conflict, now in its eighth year, it is difficult to see any silver lining. What began as a series of peaceful protests has deteriorated into a civil war, devastating the country and drawing in many world powers and neighboring states. The result has been one of the worst... Read More
April 26, 2018
After five days of physical and mental battling, Ali Sawalmeh became the first Jordanian with a disability to reach the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. The altitude and varying ecosystems, ranging from desert, to jungle, to snow, provide large challenges for the 30,000 people who tackle the climb each... Read More
April 19, 2018
A small country in West Africa, where one must take a 30-minute long ferry ride on the Atlantic Ocean to get from the airport to the capital, Sierra Leone tends to receive international media attention only when tragedies strike. Headlines have focused on Sierra Leone’s more-than-a-decade... Read More
April 17, 2018
One of the questions often posed regarding exchange programs is whether sustainable and lasting change can be facilitated through people-to-people contact across international borders without continued financial and organizational support from the original host of the exchange. Do exchange program... Read More

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