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August 16, 2018
On a cold, dark night in February 2017, the European Union (EU) flag was illuminated in Bucharest’s Victory Square. But this flag was not made of silk flying over a spotlight; rather, it was a flag brought to life by the flashlights and colored paper of 3,000 Romanians who had gathered on the 27th... Read More
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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August 08, 2018
Thirty years ago today, on August 8, 1988, university students in Burma organized protests against General Ne Win’s totalitarian one-party government, under whose rule Burma became one of the poorest... Read More
August 01, 2018
In our increasingly tumultuous world, a wide range of political ideologies, belief systems and religious expressions are being coopted for nefarious and often violent ends. Violent conflict and other destabilizing dynamics often subsume religious groups as the targets or justification for violence... Read More
July 10, 2018
Against an ongoing state of emergency and following the 2017 constitutional referendum, Turkey has had another exhausting election. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the government declared the state of emergency... Read More
July 06, 2018
Spain's World Cup loss against Russia is a metaphor for why liberal democracies must go on the offense more in geopolitics. I'll start with a disclaimer: I am a disappointed Spaniard who is still grieving our painful loss against the FIFA 2018 World Cup host, Russia, a mediocre squad that ranked... Read More
June 28, 2018
The concept of good governance stretches beyond the mere prevention of corruption. Instead, good governance is defined by policy development that considers a variety of voices, is efficient and responds to citizens in a transparent and accountable way. This is in addition to the central principle... Read More
June 27, 2018
Jordan’s Prime Minister, Hani al-Mulki, stepped down from his post on June 4 in a move intended to diffuse anger at economic policies that led to the most massive protests in years. Spearheaded by the syndicates, a cross-section of Jordanians representing a multi-generational mix of middle and... Read More
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 15, 2018
Mauritania, located in the western Sahel region of Africa, is rich in minerals, like iron ore, copper, gold, silver, and oil and gas. In fact, it is the world’s seventh largest exporter of iron ore and has the largest gypsum deposit in the world. These resource blessings allowed Mauritania to... Read More

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