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Is Mexico becoming a “Failed Narco-State”?

John Ackerman, our co-lead researcher in Mexico for the Global Integrity Report: 2007, analyzes the longevity of the Mexican government in relation to the heavy and increasing drug influence in the country. In his piece published in the Guardian last week, Ackerman argues that the Mexican government must better address the rise in drug-related crime…

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What’s the Fastest Way to Elect a President?

As reported in this article on Slate, the answer can be found in Somalia… kind of. Just in time for an African Union conference, an “election committee” of Somali MPs is currently meeting outside the Somalian border, in Djibouti’s Kempinski Hotel. They are reviewing a stack of fresh applications, some just arriving in the past…

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Iraq: If Your Illness Doesn’t Kill You, Your Medication Might

Alive in Baghdad, a project of citizen journalists, runs video and written features on daily life in Iraq. They’ve posted a story this week on the Ministry of Health’s inability to provide proper oversight of pharmacies. According to the report, licensing regulations are not enforced by the Ministry and counterfeit drugs have flooded the market.…

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Freedom in the World 2009

This morning, Freedom House released its annual Freedom in the World index with the headline that freedom has “retreated for a third year.” As part of the event, panelists Thomas Carothers, Larry Diamond, Jackson Diehl and Joshua Muravchik debated the regional implications of this global trend and the possible applications of Freedom House’s findings to…

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UK Police Seize Server from Media Group

Our previous coverage of media harassment in Great Britain focused on a prickly billionaire’s aggressive use libel laws. This time, British police have seized a Web server of indymedia.org.uk because they failed to disclose personal information on a reader who posted a comment on the left-leaning media site. The progression is a little complicated: Earlier…

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