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Voting Underway In Myanmar's First Free Election In 25 Years

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 11.07.2015 | World

YANGON, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Voting began on Sunday in Myanmar's first free nationwide election in 25 years, the Southeast Asian nation's biggest stride...

Dashed Hopes: Why Aren't Social Media Delivering Democracy?

Dana Radcliffe | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Dana Radcliffe

In 2015, popular government seems to be receding globally. With the qualified exception of Tunisia, the Arab Spring did not transform dictatorships into democracies, and democratic governments seem unable to find consensus solutions to many pressing policy questions.

Egyptians Say No to Sisi's Propaganda

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Egypt looks nothing like the promised heaven of stability and cohesiveness. Scores of Egyptians have been murdered by an ever more rampant police, sentenced to death in kangaroo courts, or jailed in the most inhumane conditions where torture is routine. Dissent is not tolerated, with the media and the press reduced to the role of state propagandists singing the General's praises and parroting his words.

Demanding Democracy Is Seditious in Thailand

Rangsiman Rome | Posted 07.22.2015 | World
Rangsiman Rome

On June 24, 2015, we went to the police station, but to file a complaint of brutality rather than respond to the summons against us. At last, our powerless bare hands which had been unable to shake the junta's power began to cause them worry.

Will It Take 10,000 Days in Prison for Europe to Hold Eritrea to Account?

Christophe Deloire | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
Christophe Deloire

The European Union and Sweden must face up to the fact that this regime just plays for time without regard for human life and basic human values. Until now the international community has naively played along but, 14 years after the crackdown that put Isaak and so many others behind bars, it is time to stop.

Authoritarian Symps

John Feffer | Posted 05.28.2015 | World
John Feffer

In the bad old days of the Cold War, the left and the right used to play a nasty game called "Who's Your Favorite Dictator?" But the terms of the game have changed.

The Young Dictator Problem

John Feffer | Posted 05.21.2015 | World
John Feffer

Bashar al-Assad is not going to age out of office any time soon. He refuses to be ignored. One way or the other, we're going to have to deal with the young dictator.

Mothers As Benign Dictators: 3 Economic Problems Solved By Motherhood

Dr. Rebekka Grun | Posted 05.09.2015 | Impact
Dr. Rebekka Grun

In short, mothers can undo those problems that economic theory has found a so called 'well meaning dictator' can solve. The issue is that in the great wide world, well meaning dictators are a rare species. In our families however, we may know one or two.

Peru's Accidental President Speaks

Ximena Ortiz | Posted 06.30.2015 | Latino Voices
Ximena Ortiz

Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo told me, half-jokingly, that he exists in the error margin of the world of probabilities. Indeed, his rise shouldn't have been. Toledo doesn't just come from poverty. He was born of a poverty so dire, his siblings were dying of it.

Ditch the Workplace Uniform

Robin Cassady | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business
Robin Cassady

Being relaxed truly allows me to get the most out of my workday and strive for greater success. I am happier to do more for my employer because I am comfortable at work.

Hitler, Franco, and a Banker: The Path Not Taken in Nazi Germany

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Elizabeth Nicholas

I spoke with Pierpaolo Barbieri about his re-framing of the relationship between two of the world's most despised men, the intrinsic danger of absolute power, and historical memory's very long shadow.

The Legacy of Lee Kuan Yew and the Myth of Trade-Offs

Calvin Cheng | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Calvin Cheng

SINGAPORE -- Freedom is being able to walk on the streets unmolested in the wee hours in the morning, to be able to leave one's door open and not fear being burgled. Freedom is the woman who can ride buses and trains alone. These are the freedoms that Singaporeans have, freedoms that were built on the vision and hard work of Lee Kuan Yew.

'Cuba Straits:' A Conversation With Randy Wayne White

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.23.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Randy Wayne White is a New York Times bestselling author well known for his twenty-one previous Doc Ford novels; the Hannah Smith series; and four collections of non-fiction.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' -- From the Personal to the Political

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 05.10.2015 | Women
Jane Simon, M.D.

To turn to the real world, it is not uncommon to find households in which one parent dominates another. The power play in turn impacts the children.

Triumph Calls NBC 'A Crumbling Dictatorship' For Conan

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 02.18.2015 | Comedy

Triumph recently turned a game of Catchphrase on "The Tonight Show" into a complete train wreck, but apparently he's still not done pooping on NBC. ...

Repression in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Joseph Kabila Attacks and Brutalizes Civilians

Yaa-Lengi Ngemi | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Yaa-Lengi Ngemi

It is unconscionable that an innocent people continue to be killed and be betrayed by their own president, albeit that the diplomats in Kinshasa refer to him as "le petit rwandais," who is supposed to serve and protect the Congolese people.

The Dark Side of Leadership

Tracy Crossley | Posted 02.15.2015 | Business
Tracy Crossley

By living with a facade that is difficult to maintain and is stressful to make decisions from daily... we set ourselves up for ultimate failure. A fulfilling, happy, passionate life NOT lived.

Should U.S. Facilitate Tourism in Turkmenistan?

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 01.18.2015 | World
Stephen Schwartz

Rehabilitation at Gonur Depe was undertaken in the interest of enhancing tourism. But should the U.S. enable "tyranny tourism" and other works of "cultural preservation" benefiting a notorious dictatorship in Turkmenistan?

The World's Leaders Are Failing To Curb Corruption. Here's Why

Frank Vogl | Posted 11.21.2014 | Crime
Frank Vogl

Rogue current and former dictators and global bribe-paying giant corporations are enjoying levels of impunity, which only encourage international corruption and money laundering. The G20 needs to use this event to forcefully declare "NO IMPUNITY."

Dear Anti-Marcoses, Pro-Marcoses, and the Spirit of Philippine Martial Law

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 11.18.2014 | World
Bino A. Realuyo

The success of the political landscape of the Philippines is contigent upon how we can move the populace out of poverty and bring them to the educated middle class with power and decision making.

Putin: The Psyche of the Modern Dictator

Max Dorfman | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Max Dorfman

There are numerous factors that have contributed to Putin's rise; but perhaps most pertinent is the psychological trauma Russians experienced, as their nation fell from world power status. There is no easy way to reconcile oneself to that reality

The Tyranny of the Nanny State, Where the Government Knows What's Best for You

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Having allowed the government to expand and exceed our reach, we find ourselves on the losing end of a tug-of-war over control of our country and our lives.

The Belarus Free Theatre: Committing Dangerous Acts

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 09.28.2014 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

Tthe hardships of living under the claustrophobic and brutal Belarusian regime of death squads, disappeared persons and jailings has gone under the radar. Hopefully, this documentary will boost concern and ignite interest and support for those who are suffering.

Are Brazil's Police Reformable?

Robert Muggah | Posted 06.15.2014 | World
Robert Muggah

There are signs that Brazil's already hyper-militarized culture of public security provision is becoming even more securitized. Nowhere are the risks more evident than in Rio de Janeiro where 4,000 federal forces were deployed this month to occupy the city´s most violent favelas, including Maré.

Coming Home to Santiago, Where I've Been All Along

Mason Bryan | Posted 08.05.2014 | Travel
Mason Bryan

I hadn't been in Santiago for a while. Now that I'm back, however, the truth is I'm not filled with the same apathy I was when I left three months ago to gallivant around Patagonia .