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Vendors sell bananas in an open market in a village near Bujumbura. Burundians are being driven deeper into poverty. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Beyond political violence in Burundi: an economy in crisis

Whenever the crisis in Burundi is discussed, the economy is often overlooked, even though it is central to understanding the backdrop to the most severe crisis since the end of the civil war.
King Mswati III, centre, with his regiments at Ludzidzini royal palace during the annual Reed Dance in August. Swaziland ranks among the worst in Africa for its level of democracy. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

African democracy update: satisfaction remains elusive for many

Satisfaction with democracy varies widely in Africa. Across 28 countries, only 46% of citizens say they are “very satisfied” or “fairly satisfied” with the way democracy works in their countries.
Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adaweya Square before and after the August 14 massacre of more than 800 peaceful protesters in 2013. Wikimedia Commons/Mazidan

As Morsi faces the gallows, where are the defenders of democracy?

Two years ago, on August 14, more than 800 protesters against a coup were massacred in Cairo. A court recently upheld the death sentence for Egypt's ousted elected leader.
‘Goddesses of Democracy’ in the 21st century: Thomas Marsh sculpted a replica (left) in Washington DC of the statue destroyed in Tiananmen Square in 1989; on the 21st anniversary of the massacre, Hong Kong students erected a statue on campus (centre) after police had seized a plastic replica. Flickr/DB King; Flickr/Ryanne Lai; Flickr/Ryanne Lai

Democracy needs heroes to champion the cause

Democracy – despite being considered by many as the only legitimate form of government – has no laureates to call its own.
The online social networks that social media facilitate can act as powerful distribution channels for political messages. shutterstock

How political engagement on social media can drive people to extremes

We need political and civil society leaders to reflect on the language that they use, and to strive to shape a civic narrative with which we can all engage.
The young aristocrat Alexis de Tocqueville, sketch by an unknown artist. Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University

Why we should still be reading Democracy in America

To mark Independence Day, an Australian perspective on why - 180 years on - Alexis de Tocqueville's classic political text is a must-read.

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