Carnival of Revolutions

by Nathan Hamm on 7/4/2005 · 8 comments

Welcome to this week’s Carnival of Revolutions–your weekly roundup of democracy news from around the globe

Happy Independence Day from Philadelphia!


Mark A. Rayner at The Skwib kicks this off with a holiday-themed post and presents The
Lost PowerPoint Slides (4th of July Edition)


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.

The Sharpener looks at whether or not the G8 summit at Gleneagles will really matter… in renga form.


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.

Central Asia

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.

Katy of Blogrel takes a look at constitutional amendments in Armenia.

Middle East

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.

Quid Nimis‘s bbmoe takes a look at just how conservative Iran’s new president is.

Latin America

Thousands have taken to the streets in Caracas after police shot three students earlier in the week.

The US Senate voted in favor of CAFTA this week. A.M. Mora y Leon says that it is a victory for freedom and prosperity in Latin America.

July 11: Publius Pundit
July 18: Boxing Alcibiades
July 25: soapgun blog
August 1: SophistPundit
August 8: Blogrel
August 15: Am I A Pundit Now?
August 22: Coming Anarchy
August 29: One Free Korea
September 5: Thinking-East
September 12: Quid Nimis
September 19: OPEN
September 26: OPEN
October 3: OPEN
October 10: OPEN
October 17: OPEN
October 24: OPEN
October 31: OPEN
November 7: OPEN

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David McDuff July 4, 2005 at 1:03 pm

Posted to A Step At A Time 5.47 pm GMT:

“This week’s Carnival of Revolutions is up at Registan. There are lots of interesting posts on a wide range of pro-democracy topics.”

BTW the Glucksmannn interview is now posted in English as well as French.

Say What? July 5, 2005 at 5:04 pm

What the heck? “Carnival” of the Revolutions? Why did you pick such a flippant, lightweight name for such a serious topic?

Nathan July 5, 2005 at 5:07 pm

I didn’t and it wouldn’t be my first choice. However, it’s not the carnival part that I dislike all that much.

Anyhow, that’s really beside the point as “Carnival” is kind of a catch-all term for weekly roundups in the blogosphere.

And, please do lighten up my friend.

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