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Democracy is more than elections — it’s also about process, politics,  participation and struggle.

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Another critic of Eritrea’s president jailed

October 4, 2018

The Eritrean government continues to imprison its critics, most recently former Finance Minister Berhane Abrehe, who has been jailed since September after releasing a book and video calling for President Isaias Afwerki to step down. In both the book and video, Berhane said that Eritrea’s “struggle for independence was never to install dictatorship. We need […]

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Hondurans farmers want to shut down an iron mine

October 2, 2018

Exercising sovereignty over land is a difficult and dangerous in Honduras, and often a last resort for defenseless and endangered communities. In Guapinol, Tocoa, in the eastern region of Colon, local farmers have taken the law into their own hands, blocking a road and setting up a makeshift community which, amazingly to them, has already […]

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Marijuana is now legal in South Africa

September 20, 2018

Joining the ranks of Canada and California, South Africa has now legalized the private use and growing of marijuana by adults. This follows a lower court’s ruling that criminalizing cannabis is unconstitutional. The original case was brought by a Rastafarian and former Dagga Party leader (“dagga” is South African slang for cannabis) asking for home […]

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‘Fake trans’ candidates aim to game election

September 4, 2018

Transgender politics in the Mexican state of Oaxaca are uniquely fraught, as Oaxacan electoral rules allow muxes — a traditional third-gender group belonging to indigenous Zapotec society — to run as women. The twist is the apparent abuse of this by male candidates identifying as muxes solely to seek offices legally delegated to women. Following […]

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Dispatches from the water wars

September 4, 2018

The Dry Corridor, a naturally arid zone stretching from southern Mexico to Costa Rica, is subject to devastating droughts and intense human poverty. Yet in Chiquimula, Guatemala, a government collaboration with the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization has helped hundreds of families install home rainwater catchment systems that are mitigating these effects. The simple and […]

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