Democracy

World Policy Journal

by Shibani Mahtani. Originally published by our partner site, World Policy Blog.

World Policy Journal

by Belinda Cooper. Originally published by our partner site, World Policy Blog.

Omar Fotihi

First Tunisia, then Egypt, and now ... Yemen? Unrest is increasing across the Middle East and North Africa, and young people are leading the way. Demonstrators are calling for democratic change, social justice, and economic improvements. In this essay, Yemeni Omar Fotihi explains his frustrations with his home-country, and tells us of his hopes and dreams for a new Yemen.

Abraham Awolich

On January 30, the preliminary results of the vote for independence for Southern Sudan were announced. Across Sudan and around the world, Southern Sudanese gathered to celebrate an overwhelming victory. Abraham Awolich presents an eye-witness account of the jubilation in Juba, Southern Sudan's capital, and lays out his hopes and fears for his new nation.

Shaun Randol

At what point in a revolutionary moment do you put down the drums and take up the guns? It used to be that I was a stubborn advocate of total pacifism and non-violence. Over the past few years, however, I have shifted—very slowly—from that position. The sounds of gunfire and the sight of unarmed protesters scurrying for their lives in Tahrir Square in Cairo last night have once again given me pause.

World Policy Journal

by Michael Downey. Originally published by our partner site, World Policy Blog.

World Policy Journal

by Hasan Malik. Originally published by our partner site, World Policy Blog.

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by Piotr Zalewski. Originally published by our partner site, World Policy Blog.

Corrie Hulse

Here's the final installment in our joint project, African Revolutions. Corrie Hulse presents a bird's eye view of Chad's tumultuous history, and offers glimpses into the beleaguered country's future.

Shaun Randol

An open letter to Jon Stewart, calling for the writing of A Manifesto Against Simplification.

Dear Mr. Jon Stewart,

Building off of your recent interview with Tim Pawlenty (below): toward the end of the extended interview he flippantly remarked that your "brain is too complicated. You need to simplify." In what appeared to be a “give” on your part, you jokingly agreed and wrapped up the interview. He wasn’t getting the point you were making, and if he did, he was stonewalling.

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