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November 2014

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November 28, 2014
We had a day of giving thanks, now Black Friday is here and Cyber Monday is fast approaching.  Have you thought about what you are doing for #GivingTuesday? For 31 years, IRI has helped build democratic societies that are open, transparent and accountable to citizens. ... Read More
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November 24, 2014
Tunisians turned out yesterday to vote in their first free and democratic presidential election, voicing confidence in the democratic processes. This was my second election observation for IRI, my first one being in Ukraine. It was amazing to witness such historic election. Below are some of the... Read More
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Morgan Martinez

Deputy Director, External Affairs
November 21, 2014
This week, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, Speaker John Boehner welcomed guest to the U.S. House of Representatives to honor a true hero, Czech President Václav Havel. Throughout his life, Havel stood against Communism and the repression of the totalitarian system... Read More
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Lisa Gates

Director of Communications
November 21, 2014
La semana pasada, los presidentes de El Salvador, Guatemala, y Honduras se reunieron con el Vicepresidente estadounidense Joe Biden y con los oficiales del Banco... Read More
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Stephen Johnson

Division Director, Latin American and the Caribbean
November 21, 2014
On this one year anniversary of the Maidan protests, IRI remembers the sacrifice of the Ukrainian people.  This Ukrainian flag on a building off the Maidan says One Country in Russian & Ukrainian. Read More
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Lisa Gates

Director of Communications
November 21, 2014
A common narrative propagated by Russia is that it is fighting a scourge of Ukrainian fascists in Ukraine.  It is unclear precisely how Russia defines these fascists, however, primarily they are far-right nationalists who threaten others living in the country.  Among other stories,... Read More
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Motria Chaban

Program Officer, Eurasia Division
November 21, 2014
Anyone who has traveled to Asia can easily recall the image of countless plastic bags found collecting on the sides of highways, clogging drainage systems, filling rivers and cluttering neighborhoods.   Recognizing this serious hazard, Ranitya Nurlita founded the ASEAN Reusable Bag Campaign... Read More
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Rebecca Buursma

Assistant Program Officer, Asia Division
November 20, 2014
Over ten thousand people came out to central Tbilisi on November 15 to protest annexation of occupied Abkhazia and continuing Russian aggression.  Late last month Russia proposed an agreement with Abkhazia leading to “alliance and integration” and soon after the leading opposition party... Read More
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Andrea Keerbs

Resident Country Director, Georgia
November 20, 2014
The major events of Ukraine’s Maidan are familiar to most people, at least the events of this past January and February, in which pitched battles between ordinary citizens and heavily armed security forces took place on Kyiv’s central boulevard (and throughout the country).  But Ukrainians... Read More
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Tom Garrett

Vice President for Programs
November 19, 2014
Recently the world celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  This weekend, a more somber event will be commemorated: the Holodomor, or “Great Famine,” in Ukraine. Although largely ignored in American history books, the Holodomor is one of the great tragedies of the 20th... Read More
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Steve Nix

Director, Eurasia Division

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