At a recent conference on modern monarchy in London, Princeton University professor David Cannadine observed that monarchy “has not been a growth industry” over the last century, and that most of the monarchies that have disappeared were authoritarian in nature. Data from Freedom in the World support this notion, which should serve as both a warning and a spur to democratic reform for the few authoritarian monarchies that remain, especially in the Middle East. But the transition to democracy need not be a matter of mere survival: monarchies already in the democratic camp seem to excel, scoring disproportionately well among the world’s free countries.
The May 11 sentencing of a Moroccan rapper to prison for insulting the country's police force draws further attention to Morocco's deeply flawed defamation law and its use for stifling freedom of expression by both citizens and the press.
A 14-year-old Moroccan girl who was forced to marry the man who raped and impregnated her is now gripped by a deep depression and has made several attempts at committing suicide, according to Spanish news agency EFE.
A majority of Americans see democracy in the U.S. as weak and getting weaker, according to a national survey released by The Democracy Project, a joint initiative of Freedom House, the George W. Bush Institute, and the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.