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Thailand: “Teething Pains of a Slowly Maturing Democracy”?

In a recent post on The Global Dashboard Blog, political analyst Leo Horn criticizes the Western media’s portrayal of Thailand’s current political crisis as steeped in cliches. Resisting the typical “virtuous rural masses versus power-possessive urban elites” lens, Horn takes a broader outlook. He sees the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protest as social progress…

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Notes from the Tarmac: All Gray in London

After a redeye from Chicago, your jetlagged correspondent spends an afternoon watching the news from a Heathrow lounge: Thais blitz an airport, and Mumbai grieves. In Thailand, a well-organized anti-government faction has stormed the Bangkok airport, taking the Thai tourism economy hostage. The BBC reports that 100,000 travelers are stranded. The BBC covers the impact…

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Notes from the Tarmac: A Blogger Goes to MENA

Your “award-winning” blogger reflects on blogging, awards and the Internet, while packing for a trip to the Middle East. As you learned in the previous post, your humble blogger is being flown to Paris to receive an award for journalism in defense of human rights, as practiced on this very blog. I am deeply honored…

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Our Blog Wins Human Rights Journalism Award

We are pleased to announce that this blog, The Global Integrity Commons, has won the Every Human Has Rights Media Award in recognition of journalism in defense of human rights. The award is offered by The Elders and Internews in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the UN Convention on Human Rights. The winning post,…

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Citing Rigged Election, US Cuts Off Nicaraguan Aid

After a Nov. 9 municipal election that left the Nicaraguan opposition howling with protest, the US government has shut down all pending aid money to the nation. The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a US aid agency, says a US$175 million compact grant is at stake. The New York Times has (brief) coverage here: U.S. Withholds…

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