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A Letter from Nairobi: Dlamini Zuma’s Footsteps in the Long Walk to Continental Unity

By Moses Karanja South Africa’s Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, 63, became the first female head of the African Union (AU) Commission, a post poised to test her leadership abilities to the limit, but also to potentially make her the ablest successor to President Jacob Zuma.  In the apt words of one government official, “Ms Dlamini-Zuma’s job […]

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A Letter from New York: Romania’s Winter of Discontent

In January, the streets of Bucuresti, Timisoara, Cluj, Iasi and many other Romanian cities have witnessed people’s frustration, desperation, and anger directed at the political class and particularly at President Traian Basescu. Initially, it was the resignation of Dr. Raed Arafat, the country’s popular Deputy Health Minister, over plans to privatize emergency health services that […]

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Adam Michnik Introduced by Ian Buruma

In Search of Lost Meaning The New Eastern Europe Monday, October 31 5:30 – 7:30pm Wolff Conference Room, 6 East 16th Street, room 1103 (11th floor) Please join the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, in collaboration with the Sociology Department at NSSR, for a special evening with Adam Michnik introduced by Ian Buruma as they […]

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A Letter from Warsaw: A Democratic Vote of Diversity in Poland

October 2011 by Roch Dunin-Wasowicz Though currently residing in London, as a Polish passport holder I participated in the country’s general election last Sunday. On October 9, 2011, to my satisfaction, the Polish public elected Europe’s first transsexual member of parliament, Poland’s first openly gay parliamentarian, and its second person of color to become a […]

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