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April 13, 2012
Viviana Giacaman and Elsa Peraldí of Freedom House argue that the proposed constitutional amendment to federalize crimes against journalists in Mexico is an important and timely step, but more must still be done.

EU Observer
by David J. Kramer and
Joerg Forbrig

True to his image as Europe's last dictator, Belarus' Alexander Lukashenko has just added two more crimes to a long list of repressions against his own people.

Read the article here.

Washington Post
by David J. Kramer
In her March 10 op-ed, “Why Egypt moved on the NGOs,” Fayza Aboulnaga, Egypt’s minister for planning and international cooperation, left out key facts and generally misrepresented the campaign she has been leading against civil society in that country. It is important to set the record straight.
Read the rest of the article here.

Sherif Mansour speaks to BBC News about the NGO crackdown in Egypt.
Listen to the interview here (36:00 - 39:00)

Charles Dunne speaks to Fox News about the release of American NGO workers. 
Watch the video here.

by David J. Kramer and Christopher Walker
Foreign Policy
March 1, 2012

 Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's announcement on Sept. 24, 2011, of a choreographed plan in which he would displace Dmitry Medvedev and return to the Russian presidency -- for six, and possibly 12, more years - has evidently touched a raw nerve in Russian society. Read the full article here.

Religion has resurged in political influence across the globe, in many instances buttressed by the very forces — globalization, democracy and technology — that were supposed to weaken its grip.
The Toronto Star
February 23, 2012
by Sue Gunawardena-Vaughn and Aaron Myers


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