Lost Cause: Trying to Teach Democratic Values Abroad in an Anti-Democratic Era

Many of my Middle Eastern students up until 2016 expressed admiration for American democracy, the country's emphasis on human rights, the civil rights movement and leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. Turkey long considered itself a democracy,¬†students said, modeled after the US. The Constitution of the United Arab Emirates, written in 1971, stated that the... Continue Reading →

Academic Freedom In Danger Worldwide, Especially in China and Other Authoritarian Countries

Repressive governments are cracking down on colleges and universities in more than 60 countries, according to a report by Professor Kirsten Roberts Lyer and researcher Aran Suba for the International Center for Not-for-profit Law. They outlined ways in which educators, administrators, and students are losing freedoms: When colleges and universities lack institutional autonomy and face... Continue Reading →

Trump Sides With Authoritarians in Middle East, Says He Doesn’t Care About Human Rights

Emboldened by US President Donald Trump, authoritarian leaders of the Mideast have cracked down on their perceived internal adversaries, with mass expulsions, arrests, deportations, media blackouts, shutdowns and even, in the case of Saudi Arabia, the murder of a journalist. In 2017, Middle Eastern countries cut off diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar, started saber-rattling... Continue Reading →

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