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Up close and personal with penguins at the Shedd Aquarium
Charting factors for revolution in the Arab world. Dr. Philip Howard at the Oxford University Press Blog.
The modern recipe for democratization includes several key ingredients. Wired civil society groups have proven particularly agile at sensitive moments for regimes, particularly during rigged elections. Only the regimes made wealthy through oil and natural gas reserves have had the resources to keep civil society actors at bay in these critical moments. Several significant political transitions over the last 15 years fit this recipe, as do recent cases of Egypt and Tunisia.
Social scientists are loathe to predict, and rightly so. So instead of predicting political upheaval, it may be better to think about countries with the kinds of ingredients that go into the modern recipe for democratization. Jordan, Morocco, and Syria all have complex political histories and unique domestic profiles. They also have sophisticated, tech-savvy publics, economies not dependent on fuel exports, and regimes that may try to rig elections in the next two years.
In this mock infomercial on last night’s episode, John Oliver and Jon Stewart demonstrate ‘how America’s freedom packages will turn any country’s civil war into a catastro-tunity.’
Now I see what ION was talking about.
The Freedom Package ‘fine print’:
Freedom packages may cause America to experience unintended consequences, including but not limited to: inflammation of local or ethnic tensions, strengthening of one or more of America’s traditional enemies, current allies becoming future enemies who one day use American supplied rocket launchers against us. Jobless, unmarried 19 year old men with dynamite underwear may wish to take out frustrations on freedom package suppliers. If you experience an insurrection lasting over four months, seek diplomatic attention immediately.
Offer not valid in West Bank or Gaza.
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