Tag: democracy

How Civic Technology Can Help Stop a Pandemic

How Civic Technology Can Help Stop a Pandemic

Taiwan’s Initial Success Is a Model for the Rest of the World. By Jaron Lanier and E. Glen Weyl for Foreign Affairs The spread of the novel coronavirus and the resulting COVID-19 pandemic have provided a powerful test of social and governance systems. Neither of the world’s two leading powers, China and the United States, has been particularly distinguished in

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EU’s ‘privileged trade scheme’ suspension with Cambodia is a blessing in disguise

EU’s ‘privileged trade scheme’ suspension with Cambodia is a blessing in disguise

I would like to convey to the European Union the following message: There are responsible and foresighted Cambodian leaders from all political affiliations who understand that the partial suspension of the EU’s trade privilege scheme known as “Everything But Arms” (EBA) is a blessing in disguise in that it represents a powerful call for reform. Cambodia has enjoyed EBA status

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A letter from Ivan Simonovis to the White House

A letter from Ivan Simonovis to the White House

Ivan Simonovis, who served for years as police chief and law enforcement agencies official in Venezuela, has been political prisoner for more than 14 years, as he was accused by the Chavez regime and corrupted jurisdictional system (basically, the Supreme Court of Justice chaired by Maikel Moreno) not to be “loyal” to the bolivarian “revolution”. Now he serves as special

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Cambodia Is Criminalizing Democracy

Cambodia Is Criminalizing Democracy

There can be no democracy without a credible opposition, and in today’s Cambodia, there can be no credible opposition without the Cambodia National Rescue Party. It is thus vital that the international community not allow Prime Minister Hun Sen to use fabricated treason charges to suppress the CNRP. The sham trial of Kem Sokha, the leader of the Cambodia National

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Bangkok Post: Hun Sen must compromise

Bangkok Post: Hun Sen must compromise

As a result of his brutal political purge against the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and its senior members over the past few years, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has got what he wanted. His ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won a “fake”, uncontested election last year and he has prolonged his stay in power. But he has left

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Xi’s Hong Kong Options – and Ours

Xi’s Hong Kong Options – and Ours

On 7 August Yang Jianli and Aaron Rhode published an article on “The American Interest” explaining why Hong Kong can show Xi Jinping that repressing freedom is a no-win proposition. On August 5, a day of unprecedented strikes and demonstrations, thousands of mostly young Hong Kongers gathered around the offices of the Legislative Council, near Admiralty station on Hong Kong

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