Freedom at Issue:

Insights on the global struggle for democracy

Robert Herman


With the passing this week of Eduard Shevardnadze, the former foreign minister of the Soviet Union and one of the principal architects of the Cold War’s remarkably peaceful end, the world has lost a skilled and visionary practitioner of diplomacy who helped bring about the most important transition in global politics in the second half of the 20th century.

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Russell Raymond

The sad reality of Iraq’s current crisis is that recent bloodshed and destruction at the hands of ISIL may have been avoided if Iraq’s political leaders made a genuine effort to deal with the past through transitional justice.

Arch Puddington

The press has a special responsibility to shine the spotlight on multinational corporations that collaborate with the agents of dictatorship.

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Margaret Marshall


Press freedom in Mexico has drastically declined in Mexico over the past decade, and although journalism is flourishing in some aspects, the environment for media has become dangerous, unstable, and insecure.

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Cathal Gilbert
David Lindgren

After two weeks of sporadic rioting and legal wrangling, Malawi inaugurated its fifth president on June 2 in Blantyre. Although he received just 36.4 percent of the vote, Arthur Peter Mutharika’s victory has now been accepted by all sides, including the incumbent, Joyce Banda. The last two months have been a political rollercoaster for Mutharika, but he must now turn to the uphill battle of healing divisions and creating the consensus he will need to govern effectively.

Germany vs. Algeria
As World Cup soccer kicks off the first knockout stage on June 28, Freedom House takes a look at how teams stack up based on their countries’ freedom scores, as measured in Freedom House’s Freedom in the World index.
Tyler Roylance

In the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and East Asia, antidemocratic forces have been on the rampage, threatening to pull the United States into new conflicts against its will. In each of these cases, the crisis has origins in authoritarian rule, and only a policy built on the promotion of democratic governance has any hope of ensuring a lasting peace.

 

David J. Kramer


An Egyptian court’s sentencing Monday of three journalists working for Al-Jazeera English to long prison terms is the latest reminder of how badly things are going in Egypt.

Sarah Repucci

When the Obama administration sent its budget request to Congress this year, it featured a remarkable omission. The request for 2015 does not include language that has appeared for nearly 10 years, stating that U.S. democracy assistance will not be bound by the approval of foreign governments. This lapse threatens the interests—and potentially the lives—of people working to promote political freedom around the world.

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