Welcome to this week’s Carnival of Revolutions–your weekly roundup of democracy news from around the globe
Happy Independence Day from Philadelphia!
Stefania Lapenna argues that G8 leaders should only offer debt relief to African nations that show a clear commitment to democracy, human rights, less state interference in economics, and to developing peaceful civil societies.
In other words, countries should be rewarded for being like Botswana.
Gateway Pundit has news from Zimbabwe including a report from the state newspaper The Herald claiming that the country’s drought conditions are being caused by US and UK chemical weapons attacks.
President Bush is pushing Zimbabwe’s neighbors *cough*South Africa*cough* to not turn a blind eye to the situation in the country and take action.
Zimbabwe’s ambassador to the US appeared on Democracy Now to defend his country’s infamous “cleanup.” Zimpundit has the transcript.
The countdown is on to release of election results on July 8th. Rallies are to take place throughout the week leading up to the release of the vote count.
Police in Cairo violently broke up a protest demanding more electoral reforms.
Albanians went to the polls on Sunday, providing an opportunity to see if the country is still slowly heading in the direction of democracy.
There’s perhaps no greater sign of the direction Russia is heading than the news that the vodka industry is to be renationalized.
David McDuff carries an interview with André Glucksmann, a French publicist and philosopher who supported Soviet dissidents during the Cold War. Glucksmann believes that Putin and Basayev are working together. [Note: The interview is in French, which, considering that today’s Independence Day here, I won’t make any cracks about. –Nathan]
Russia has decided to send Chechen prisoners to Siberia, a decision which–more than a little–recalls past deportations and exile of Chechens.
Also from David come two stories on Ukraine and the continuing use of dirty political tricks of the Soviet era.
David also translates an article about a political trend in Russia.
Siberian Light, meanwhile, points out an interesting quality of Russian politics.
Robert Mayer notes that Russia is half-heartedly shoring up Lukashenko in Belarus. Unless Putin decides to abandon Lukashenko and push for liberalization of Belarus himself, it looks increasingly like GUAM stands a good chance of putting a notch in its belt.
Volodymyr Campaign notes that Belarus is formalizing controls on political groups.
Both Robert Mayer and Joel Gaines discuss the signs of increased cooperation between Russia and China–something that, if it bears fruit, would have an enormous impact on the course of Central Asian political development. As Joel points out though, the smart money is on this cooperation not amounting to much more than the occasional utterance of undying love and friendship.
Kyrgyzstan’s presidential election is on July 10. The country’s former president, Askar Akayev, is backing interim president Kurmanbek Bakiyev as the best person to run the country.
Over the past week, there has been much discussion of the increasing possibility of a violent transition in Uzbekistan. The prospects for the peaceful removal of Karimov never were very good, but after Andijon, it seems increasingly likely that particular bureaucracies will turn on Karimov and each other. One of the men long-rumored to have aspirations to replace Karimov is whereabouts unknown receiving medical treatment in the “far abroad.”
Why might Karimov’s own government want to remove him? Well, he is acting more than a little strangely.
Opposition groups in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan are facing greate regulation.
Russia continues to be plagued with growing violence across the North Caucasus. This time, a bomb killed at least 10 Russian soldiers on the outskirts of Dagestan’s capital, Makhachkala. David McDuff translates a statement from the Dagestani Islamic Society threatening violence in Moscow.
With liberal regimes hostile to its influence all around it, Syria is increasingly feeling the heat. And now Syrian Kurds are increasingly demanding rights from Assad’s government.
Stefania Lapenna reports that repression is on the rise in the days ahead of the anniversary of the July 9th students’ uprising.
Thousands have taken to the streets in Caracas after police shot three students earlier in the week.
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