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Перезавантаження України

Jan 10, 2014
Останнім часом все частіше звучать заклики до перезавантаження України. Це і Луценко із його закликами до запровадження другої чи третьої республіки, і реінкарнація Романа Безсмертного, автора нездійсненної адмінреформи, і «Допа»з«Гепою» зісвоєю пропозицією перенести столицю у Харків, і Андрій Клюєв із розмовами про те, а що ж буде робити бідна Польща із Галичиною.

The Nation-Building Role and the Historical Roots of Maidan

Jan 10, 2014
Maidan is a unique experience in the history of protest movements and peaceful revolutions. Its positive aura and self-sufficiency, unexpected firmness and kindness of its participants impel to contemplate the phenomenon of Maidan and its future. As Vitaliy Portnikov wrote, the 21st century in Ukraine has begun with Maidan. What will it be like for Ukrainians?

Crises in Ukraine: 2004 and 2013 in Comparative Context

Jan 10, 2014
Big scale political crises occur in Ukraine approximately once in a decade, with each next crisis more devastating than the previous one. However, if the crises of 1994 and 2004 resulted in a change of power, the crisis of 2013 so far has not been resolved.

From Maidan to Systemic Changes?

Jan 10, 2014
The proclamation of the “Maidan” public association can be considered a constructive step forward following the month-long protests in the center of Kyiv. It is quite a positive development that it is finally possible to move from symbolically meaningful but not very effective demonstrations in the modern “Occupy” fashion towards a broad mobilization of engaged citizens seeking systemic changes, including virtual networks (“with Maidan in our minds,” as Lutsenko put it).

Про націєтворчу роль та історичні корені Майдану

Jan 10, 2014
Майдан – унікальне явище в історії протестних рухів і мирних революцій. Його позитивна аура і самодостатність, неочікувана твердість і доброта його учасників спонукають до роздумів над феноменом Майдану і його майбутнім. Як написав Віталій Портніков, з Майданом в Україні почалося ХХІ століття. Яким воно буде для українців?

Ion Ratiu Democracy Awardee, Angela Kocze, Speaks for VOA's Press Conference USA

Dec 26, 2013
Roma rights activist Angela Kocze, 2013 recipient of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Ion Ratiu Democracy award, talks about ongoing discrimination and prejudice against the Roma population in Europe on VOA’s Press Conference USA.

Latin American Program in the News: Mexican cartels use social media

Dec 19, 2013
Cartel thugs have become increasingly savvy with social media: posting photographs and videos of themselves decapitating victims with chainsaws and machetes; wielding gold-plated assault weapons; pouting in sexy poses; and warning civilians not to snitch on them.

Historical Perspective on the Purge of Jang Song Thaek

Dec 17, 2013
The December 2013 purge and execution of Jang Song Thaek, who was often described as the No. 2 in North Korea, came four months after the ruling Korean Worker’s Party announced that the Ten Points of the Monolithic Ideological System, the basic tenets of the unitary leadership system in North Korea, had been updated for the new leader, Kim Jong Un.

Latin American Program in the News: How Bogota's trash trouble became a national crisis

Dec 13, 2013
Cynthia Arnson comments on the removal of Gustavo Petro, Bogota's mayor and a former M-19 guerrillero, and how it could undermine general trust in the political system as a democratic arena for conflict resolution and political participation by leftist parties.

Latin American Program in the News: Un respaldo capital para el proceso de paz

Dec 11, 2013
This article discusses Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos' recent visit to Washington, D.C. Most sectors in Washington see Colombia as having had tremendous success in the past decade, although there is much less optimism in Colombia. Cynthia Arnson discusses the high-level talks and gives an analysis of perceptions in Colombia. This article is in Spanish.

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