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Concern-trolling the Revolution

A couple days ago David Rothkopf surveyed ongoing protests in Egypt, as well as Turkey and Brazil –  and found them wanting. Protesters, he claimed, are steadily revealing that they don’t know what it takes to enter the halls of … Continue reading

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As I sit in a Lima hotel room writing this missive, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsy has more or less just finished a speech in which, as usual, he demonized opponents of his rule and called them “feloul” (remnants (of the … Continue reading

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Blood and vinegar: Practices of violence and Brazil’s protest movement

Notwithstanding my general sense of optimism about Brazil’s protest movement, disturbing incidents have occurred on the margins that raise questions about the role that violent practices play in actors’ responses to the uprising. It would seem that the citizen-centric governance … Continue reading

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Brazil’s protests: (English) literature review

Brazil’s evolving protests and protest movement continue to be a topic of intense interest, and every day sees not just new developments – like presidente Dilma embracing the protest movement as an impetus to constitutional reforms – but new and … Continue reading

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Open Data, Citizen Action, and the Sumatra-Singapore Smog Crisis

(Updated around 5pm Lima time to add more hedging, more pessimism, more words.)  I’ve recently learned for the first time about the “smog crisis” afflicting Singapore, Sumatra, and parts of Malaysia, and it makes for fascinating reading (and striking, shocking, … Continue reading

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Do Brazil’s protests hold transformative potential for the rest of Latin America?

Walking home from the Vivanda (Peruvian equivalent of Whole Foods) last night I came across a modest commotion on Avenida Pardo: a couple dozen young people, carrying signs and blowing whistles, one pushing a stroller, and another carrying a Brazilian … Continue reading

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Brazil’s protests: demanding accountability, deepening democracy

Things are happening in Brazil almost too rapidly to keep up, but it’s imminently worth keeping up with. The images that have poured out of Brasilia, where protesters peacefully entered, then literally danced atop, government buildings including the national congress, … Continue reading

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Of hope, football, and dirty wars

The Friday before last, June 7, was a real red-letter day in Peru. I have been busy with other writing projects (about which soon) and neglected to blog about it at the time. Still, that lovely, sunny, historic day, and … Continue reading

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“Nothing to hide”

I don’t agree with Ross Douthat that often, but I’m always happy to be reminded, and to remind others, as Douthat does in this piece, of a certain immortal phrase: “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to … Continue reading

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Opening data in an absolute monarchy: notes on Oman’s Open Government Data & Best Practices Symposium

No better example of the modishness of “open” can exist than holding an open government summit in an absolute monarchy. It would seem that such an event would indeed “open” itself to accusations of deliberately delicious irony, or deliberate contradiction. … Continue reading

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