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Secession movements are sometimes justified, but statehood alone does not solve long-standing governance problems.

 

The Iraqi parliament plans to vote on a controversial “Assembly and Peaceful Demonstration” measure.

More aggressive tactics by authoritarian regimes and an upsurge in terrorist attacks contributed to a disturbing decline in global freedom in 2014. 

President Obama's call to arms against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), like his response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, steps up U.S. efforts to curb major threats to U.S. interests. Does it also signal a greater commitment by Obama to stand up for democracy in the world? Probably not. But he should make democracy a priority.

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