Democracy Chronicles editorial column by Adrian Tawfik

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Denial of Voting Rights Feeding African-American Anger

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On top of the tragedy of Tryavon Martin’s death, the outrage at the results of the Zimmerman trial stems from a seriously dangerous situation where African-Americans are not being adequately represented in our current government.

Neighbor Policy: A Friend in Mexico

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We are lucky in our neighbors. The time is now for a renewed push to mend our relationship with Mexico. Acting in unison with Canada, the chance for the US to be a contributor to an economic miracle for the Mexican people and for North America is within our grasp and our own vital self-interest.

Advancing Technology is the Foundation of Democracy

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Advancement of technology is key factor in spread of democracy and end of dictatorships. As the pace of technological change has quickened, inherently inflexible dictatorships have found it increasingly impossible to keep pace with the constant state of reform and self-criticism necessary for a functioning government.

On Democracy and the Israel Palestine Conflict

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It is vitally important that even during the height of these recurring wars between the Israelis, the Palestinians, and Hezbollah that the world is not distracted from the very real possibility of producing an entirely different region in the Middle East that is shaped by democracy.

On Arabs, Ottomans and Modern Turkey

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Turkey can leverage its unique history and lead region into arms of democratic world. If Turkey is to retake its place as the center of Muslim thought and power, as it has every right to do, it must stand up to the dictatorships on its borders and embrace its true allies in the democratic world.