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With Chavez out of sight, Venezuela faces uncertain future

With Chavez out of sight, Venezuela faces uncertain future

Back in October during Venezuela’s presidential election, the health status of President Hugo Chavez–and its impact on his ability to lead the country–was unclear. Yet the president’s popularity won out and he was awarded another term. Yet it has now been over a ...

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Shinzo Abe returns to lead Japan

Shinzo Abe returns to lead Japan

On the heels of South Korea‘s recent election, Japan has chosen new leadership as well. Well, not completely new. Shinzo Abe–who was prime minister for a brief term in 2006-7–of the Liberal Democratic Party will lead what he termed “a crisis breakthrough cabinet.” Described ...

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Health Worker Deaths in Pakistan: More Victims of the War on Terror?

Health Worker Deaths in Pakistan: More Victims of the War on Terror?

With the opening of “Zero Dark Thirty” this week, many have condemned the depiction of torture in the film — and debates have resurfaced about the “enhanced interrogation” of suspected terrorists by the United States to find Osama bin Laden. What gets left out of these discussions is the role ...

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Russian opposition: experiment failed?

Russian opposition: experiment failed?

If a small number of people gather to protest a government that doesn’t listen, do they make a sound? Such is the dilemma facing the dwindling size of the anti-establishment movement in Russia, which I wrote about back in April. This month (December 2012) marks the one ...

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South Korea’s new president: ties to the past, hope for the future

South Korea’s new president: ties to the past, hope for the future

A bitter campaign. A contentious election. A close vote. A winner boosted by overwhelming support among a particular age group. A leader who must unite a politically polarized nation. Sounds like the United States, but could also describe South Korea. On Wed. Dec. 19, the Asian nation made Park Geun-hye ...

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Fraud allegations hang over Egypt’s constitution vote

Fraud allegations hang over Egypt’s constitution vote

Just look to Egypt for the latest proof that the road to democracy is rocky and perilous. After weeks of protests and concerns over President Mohamed Morsi assuming expansive presidential powers–which I covered here–assertions of foul play during that the past weekend’s ...

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In Case You Missed It: Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index

In Case You Missed It: Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index

How corrupt is your government? This week, Transparency International released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index, a measure of “perceived levels of public sector corruption in countries worldwide.” Some results are simply unsurprising: out of 176 countries, war-torn Afghanistan and Somalia, and opaque, impoverished North Korea share ...

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Opinion: Cutting Aid Will Help End African Corruption

Opinion: Cutting Aid Will Help End African Corruption

Guest Post by Andy Kristian Agaba Four European governments froze some aid meant for Uganda following the discovery of massive corruption in the Prime Minister’s (PM) office. A forensic audit by the Auditor General’s office unearthed endemic theft of funds totaling to more than $25 million. Most of ...

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The State of AIDS: The Not-So-Good News

The State of AIDS: The Not-So-Good News

In part one of this two-part series, I discuss the good news in UNAIDS’ Global Report, released in advance of World AIDS Day on December 1. We’ve made unprecedented strides in past decade–and just in the past ...

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The State of AIDS: The Good News

The State of AIDS: The Good News

This is the first blog in a two-part series. You can read the second part here. In advance of World AIDS Day, which takes place on December 1 each year, UNAIDS has released its annual report on the ...

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Has Egypt’s Morsi gone too far?

Has Egypt’s Morsi gone too far?

Egypt’s fragile young democracy seems on a knife’s edge after President Mohamed Morsi decreed that decisions he makes until a parliament is instituted are not subject to judicial review. Morsi’s camp insists this measure is necessary to protect the democratically chosen assembly working to agree on and draft a constitution, ...

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Meet the new boss…same as the old boss?

Meet the new boss…same as the old boss?

Presidential politics in China are pretty predictable. About once a decade its Communist Party votes for a new leader, who becomes the new president. The process is shrouded in secrecy, and not much is known about the new boss until he (and it’s always been a “he”) takes office. There’s ...

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President Obama’s Visit to Myanmar

President Obama’s Visit to Myanmar

Having visited Myanmar years ago when it seemed uncertain when or if political change would occur, I find it fascinating to watch the ongoing democratization of Myanmar, which continued to unfold this week with President Obama’s historic trip and meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi, one of my ...

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Family Planning as a Human Right

Family Planning as a Human Right

Last Wednesday, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released its annual State of the World Population report, in which it called family planning a “fundamental human right” and underlined the need for increased investment in and a “rights-based approach” to ...

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Do Good But Don’t Offend Africa

Do Good But Don’t Offend Africa

Guest post by Andy Kristian Agaba Recently, a friend recently sent forwarded to me an article he had read curious to hear what my opinion was. He wrote that after reading the article, he had mixed emotions of which I am not keenly aware as I didn’t bother to ask. ...

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