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One reason to trust in democracy’s resilience

The life of South Africa’s Desmond Tutu displayed the power of persistent good.

Amid a gradual erosion of liberalism around the world, the life of South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu offers a reminder of the powerful effect of persistent good.

By the Monitor’s Editorial Board, January 4, 2022

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Democracy under siege? At summit, there’s more to the story.

“People have been willing to go into the streets in support of the democratic rights they have,” says Ms. Repucci, citing the “mass movements” that have shaken the world, from Hong Kong to Chile, since 2019. “Often those actions have been most intense when rights have been interrupted or challenged,” she adds, “in cases like Belarus, Myanmar, Sudan, or the successful movement we’ve seen among farmers in India.”

By Howard LaFranchi Staff writer, December 8, 2021

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Why some Europeans hesitate at Biden’s fight against authoritarians

Overall, European countries perhaps operate from a different baseline than the U.S. on the purpose of foreign policy. Human rights violations don’t necessarily compel EU countries to act to change those governments’ behavior, says Sven Biscop, director of Europe in the World Program at The Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations.

By Lenora Chu Special correspondent, Berlin January 12, 2022

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Shoots of democracy: Gambia’s first election without dictator on ballot

“Political will is important. What if [elected leaders] don’t have the political will? That’s why I’ve started coining a new phrase, ‘political demand,’” Emmanuel Joof, chair of the National Human Rights Commission, told the audience at a democracy conference in November. He was referring to civil society, which he said must continue pressuring the government to implement the anticipated policy recommendations in the TRRC’s final report.

By Nick Roll Correspondent SEREKUNDA, GAMBIA
December 1, 2021

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You can play a role in improving government, with Mark Sappenfield

Disturbing headlines about the state of the government in the US and other parts of the world can be paralyzing. But our guest, Mark Sappenfield, Editor of The Christian Science Monitor, indicates that instead they can be galvanizing. What can an average citizen do to improve government? Join us to explore the possibilities.

Sentinel Watch, January 10, 2022

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