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Russia: Election Monitors Pulling Out

Europe’s primary election watchdog, ODIHR, is withdrawing its Russian election monitoring mission, citing unacceptable government restrictions. The press release here. Media coverage here. The press release begins: WARSAW, 7 February 2008 – The OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) regrets that restrictions imposed on its planned election observation mission will not allow…

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Will the Real Yemen Please Stand Up?

An email from one of Global Integrity’s contributors — apparently censored by government email servers — prompts us to reexamine the “progress” in Yemen’s movement towards open political discourse.Yemen is a fascinating country when it comes to governance and corruption issues. A 2006 Global Integrity assessment for the country (published in January 2007) rated Yemen…

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U.S.: Key leaked for all Diebold e-voting machines

Diebold, a politically well connected maker of touch-screen voting machines used in some parts of the United States, comes under new fire for the lax security of their machines. Some months ago, researchers at Princeton demonstrated that someone with only 60 seconds of access to an unlocked Diebold box could insert a virus which could…

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Pakistani Judges Resist Military Rule

Regarding the military in Pakistan, a Global Integrity contributor writes: “…the power of the military has transformed Pakistani society, in which the armed forces have become an independent class, entrenched in the corporate sector, thus, controlling major assets of Pakistan. The military has a strong control over the financial institutions of Pakistan and therefore takes…

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