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JANUARY 30
2012

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Top Stories
Obama, Suu Kyi, Albright remember Vclav
Havel at NED memorial event. more
Civil society targeted by government in Egypt. more

Daily NK continues difficult reporting on North Korea. more

Democracy Spotlight
Vaclav Havel outside the Chinese embassy in support of dissident Liu Ziabao.Vclav Havel Honored at NED Memorial
Vclav Havel’s “peaceful resistance shook the foundations of an empire, exposed the emptiness of a repressive ideology, and proved that moral leadership is more powerful than any weapon,” President Barack Obama said in his statement to the Havel memorial meeting at the National Endowment for Democracy. more

The Jan. 6 event focused on Havel’s dedication to supporting dissidents everywhere who struggle for democracy. Aung San Su KyiClose Havel friend Madeleine Albright made remarks and was joined by Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma (by video) and other prominent democracy activists from Cuba, Syria, Iran, and Ethiopia. Event video is online. watch
The Voice of America covered the proceedings. watch

“In Praise of Vclav Havel” from the July 2010 Journal of Democracy is available online for a limited time. more

News & Events

Egypt NGO raidsEgypt

Egyptian and international civil society organizations are being targeted by Egyptian authorities. more
“Hands off NGOs, Obama tells Egypt’s junta.” more
Facts on NDI’s presence and programs in Egypt. more
IRI statement regarding raids on its offices in Egypt. more
Nay Phone Latt - DVBBurma

Long-jailed reporters with NED grantee Democratic Voice of Burma have been freed. more

North KoreaNorth Korea

“Journalists fighting an information war in secretive North Korea” is a profile of NED grantee DailyNK by The National (UAE). more

Answering Common Questions About NED

From Tahrir Square to Occupy Wall Street, NED President Carl Gershman answers many common questions about NED, including how NED operates and whether democracy assistance is “interference,” in a recent interview with Polish magazine Kultura Liberalna. more

Iraq

“What’s Happening in Iraq? Prelude to civil war, or politics as usual,” a New America Foundation panel, featured NED Senior Program Officer Rahman Aljebouri. listen

Woubshet TayeEthiopia

Journalist Woubshet Taye, deputy editor of NED grantee the Awramba Times, faces the death penalty after Ethiopian courts judged him guilty of “terrorism.” more

Nigeria

“Nigerian Spring, Averted?,” by NED Program Officer Oge Onubogu in Democracy Digest. more

JoD Jan 2012 CoverJournal of Democracy

In the Jan. 2012 issue, Stanford political scientist and JoD coeditor Larry Diamond writes, “If there is going to be a big new lift to global democratic prospects in this decade, the region from which it will emanate is most likely to be East Asia.” more

IFES photo competitionIFES Photo Competition

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is accepting submissions to its annual democracy-themed photo competition until Feb. 16. more

Upcoming & Recent Events
Jan. 30, 2012, 12:00-2:00pm: Can media development make aid more effective?, a CIMA event at NED, moderated by Sina Odugbemi of the World Bank. more

Feb. 2, 2012, 9:30am-2:00pm: Burma’s Changing Political Landscape: a conversation with three leading activists, at NED, with luncheon address by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner. more

Feb. 9, 2012, 12:00-2:00pm: Colombia’s Intelligence Services vs. Civil Liberties, at NED featuring Reagan-Fascell Fellow Hollman Morris. more

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Jan. 25, 2012: What is to be done with Pseudo-Democracies: The Case of Azerbaijan, featured Reagan-Fascell Fellow Hikmet Hadjy-zadeh. more

Dec. 13, 2011: Hungary’s Media Law: One Year Later, a CIMA event at NED. more

Dec. 15, 2011: Youth Activism in Russia: Can a New Generation Make a Difference?, featured Reagan-Fascell Fellow Dr. Tamirlan Kurbanov. more

Videos of most recent events are available online.more

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