Indonesia: Rights Key to New President’s Agenda

by Human Rights Watch on August 28, 2014

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in today as President of Turkey, “cementing his position as its most powerful leader of recent times in a step opponents fear heralds more authoritarian rule and widening religious influence in public life.”  During the ceremony, he officially tapped Ahmet Davutoglu to replace him as Continue →

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Lyle Denniston on Kobach v. EAC. … Continue reading →
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Eric Wang has written this oped for the Daily Caller. … Continue reading →
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Why Islamists beat liberals in the Middle East

by Demdigest on August 28, 2014

Why are Islamists conspicuously and consistently more successful across the Middle East than their liberal democratic counterparts? Put simply, it comes down to five structural distinctions that make Islamist movements so potent in ways that their secular, liberal competitors are not, says Maajid Nawaz, a former radical Islamist who is Continue →

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Apparently not all city councils are thrilled with the idea of their local police department driving around “protecting” their streets with mine resistant, ambush protected vehicles straight off the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The city council of Davis, California, a town of about 66,000 people near Sacramento, has now adopted Continue →

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Turkey is a battleground state for Internet regulation, as the population strives for a free Internet yet has encountered a government whose policies attempt to restrict the online sphere, according to a report released by Freedom House in advance of the Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul. The report shows how Continue →

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WHAT HAPPENS to revolutionaries after the revolution? asks Barry Gewen, an editor at the New York Times Book Review. If the revolution fails, the answer is easy: they end up in exile, in prison or dead. But what if the uprising succeeds? he writes for the National Interest: Then the answer Continue →

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With Russian troops now clearly moving into Ukraine — opening a new front, assisting separatists in seizing control of the strategic town of Novoazovsk, and halting gains by the Ukrainian Army in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts — an increasing number of analysts say Vladimir Putin’s endgame is to seize Continue →

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Burundi: Video Highlights Activist’s Unjust Detention

by Human Rights Watch on August 28, 2014

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Leyla and Arif Yunus met as young history students in the late 1970s, at a party hosted by one of their professors at Baku State University, Daisy Sindelar writes for RFE/RL: Arif became a respected author and historian; Leyla, a prominent rights activist and outspoken government critic. Both shared a Continue →

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Historians’ Letter to President Obama and Members of Congress

July 31, 2014

In the face of the ongoing carnage in Gaza, members of Historians Against the War are circulating the letter below, with an initial list of signatories. We encourage you to sign it and to quickly forward this message to fellow Continue →

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