New Muslim Cool

By Gretchen Ellis, October 29, 2009 In the words of Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, the director and producer of New Muslim Cool, “we all have a chance to be our best selves.” The American University (AU) Center for Social Media and…

Imprisonment of China’s Legal Activists

Massive military parades, marches, and firework displays were staged across China on October 1, 2009, in celebration of the 60th anniversary of China’s Communist leadership. Displaying pride in their country’s progress and development, government officials and citizens organized parades and…

Land Reform and Forced Evictions in Uganda

The Ugandan government’s latest push to move the Land Amendment Bill (introduced in December 2007) forward in the legislature depicts the bill as a pro-tenant measure to address the problem of forced eviction. The real motivation for the bill and…

Ortega’s Nicaragua May Be Sliding Towards Autocracy

Opposition leaders in Nicaragua criticized President Daniel Ortega Saavedra’s call for constitutional reform to allow a second presidential term. While extending term limits is not per se undemocratic, other Ortega policies suggest that he is leading the country down a…