The outcome is seen as unsurprising in the autocratic Central Asian nation, where Berdymukhammedov was facing off against seven largely unknown nominal opponents and the election processs was seen as a mere formality…[READ MORE]
A woman dressed in traditional Turkmen clothing casts her ballot for president at a polling station in Ashgabat.
Human Rights Watch has warned that Iraq is falling back into authoritarianism and headed towards becoming a police state, despite claims from Washington that the United States has helped establish democracy in the country…[READ MORE]
WASHINGTON — The U.S.-based pro-democracy group Freedom House has called the popular uprisings that swept the Arab world in 2011 the greatest challenge to authoritarian rule since the collapse of Soviet communism, and said they have brought hope to people around the world who live in countries with oppressive governments…[READ MORE]
Host Grant Podelco interviews Dr. Tomicah Tillemann (left), Hillary Clinton’s senior adviser for civil society and emerging democracies, in The Blender studios.
Correspondent Kristin Deasy sits down with RFE/RL broadcaster, Farshid Manafi to discuss his show, his life, and why Iranians respond so well to satire. Manafi just received the Association of International Broadcasting’s International Radio Personalty of the Year award for 2011…[Listen to the Podcast]