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Lagos traffic tweeter is revealed

Lagos traffic tweeter is revealed | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
The identity of the tweeter Gidi Traffic, who informs motorists in Nigeria's largest city Lagos of traffic jams, is revealed to the BBC.
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China factory report blames Apple

China factory report blames Apple | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
An independent probe finds "significant issues" over working hours, pay and safety on Apple production lines in China, but says improvements will be made.
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RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms

This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin...

Food for thought about how and why we educate and seek to improve our classrooms. 


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'Pasty tax' row heats up for British PM

'Pasty tax' row heats up for British PM | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Sales tax on heated snacks, including iconic Cornish pasty, puts David Cameron and his finance minister in a hot spot.
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Hangmen

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Which countries made most use of the death penalty last year?
UP UNTIL 1868, when the practice was abolished, public executions were a common entertainment in Britain.
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Democrats vs. Dictators: 2012

Democrats vs. Dictators: 2012 | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it

Interesting comparative analysis... normative at best, but fun.  Think March Madness with foreign leaders, from Foreign Policy.

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The 2011 Failed States Index

The 2011 Failed States Index | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it

How can political stability and security be measured?  What constitutes effective governance?  Foreign Policy, in conjunction with the Fund for Peace, has created a statistical ranking to measure the lack of effective political institutions.  For the 4th year running, Somalia has been statistically measured as the most failed state on Earth. Chad and Sudan are respectively ranked as the 2nd and 3rd most failed states.The 12 metrics that are a part of this index are:

•Demographic Pressures 

•Refugees/IDPs

•Illegitimate Govts.

•Brain Drain

•Public Services

•Inequality

•Group Grievances

•Human Rights

•Economic Decline

•Security Forces

•Factionalized Elites

•External Intervention


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Don Brown Jr's comment, July 16, 2012 9:57 PM
The global fallout of the Arab revolutions may be largely determined by demographics and political stability. Unlike Somalia for example which is in total anarchy, the Arab Spring uprisings occurred in more stable but oppressive governments. So this brings up the question, can a failed state rescue itself?
Derek Ethier's comment, November 5, 2012 2:35 PM
Althought sub-Saharan Africa has 5 of the 10 most quickly developing countries, they still lag very far behind the rest of the world in quality of living. Somalia, Chad and Suda are the most failed states on Earth, in order. The governments are unable to protect/provide for their people, brain drains suck the great minds to more developed countries, income inequalities ravage the nations, basic human rights are denied and the economies are pathetic. Overall, it is a sad story as many of these African nations also suffer from drought, famine and massive food shortages.
Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, November 29, 2013 4:11 PM

 I wonder why it is difficult for states to be formed. I would think it would be great because the village people won’t be forced to make big decisions they can just hire someone to do it for them. But in the other hand there would be other people who will make it difficult for them and will ruin it for everyone else. Becoming a state can change there live. They should have approved to become a state.

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Acemoglu and Robinson on Why Nations Fail | Francis Fukuyama

Acemoglu and Robinson on Why Nations Fail | Francis Fukuyama | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it

an analysis by Fukuyama.

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Tibetan self-immolation in Delhi

Tibetan self-immolation in Delhi | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
A Tibetan activist sets himself alight during a protest in the Indian capital, Delhi, against an forthcoming visit by China's President Hu Jintao.
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Hong Kong’s next leader, Leung Chun-ying, vows to protect freedoms, seeks to defuse anger

Hong Kong’s next leader, Leung Chun-ying, vows to protect freedoms, seeks to defuse anger | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
China-backed populist Leung seeks to defuse anger after unruly campaign...
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No 10 publishing PM dinner lists

No 10 publishing PM dinner lists | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
David Cameron says he will publish details of all donors he has had dinner with in his Downing Street flat amid a row over donations and access to ministers.
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Not so wholly Catholic

Not so wholly Catholic | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Evangelicals are swooping on long-ignored regions of Mexico
POPE BENEDICT XVI will arrive in Mexico on March 23rd to spend three days preaching mainly to the converted.
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CMU study analyzes what China deletes

Iodized salt isn't typically considered a dangerous chemical compound, but to Chinese social media censors hoping to squash rumors that the substance could prevent radiation poisoning following last year's nuclear disaster in Japan, the term became downright unspeakable.
Read more: http://old.post-gazette.com/pg/12068/1215215-28.stm?cmpid=newspanel3#ixzz1pxb5E7Rc

 

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Miliband reveals 'donor dinners'

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Labour leader Ed Miliband reveals details of meetings and dinners he has had with donors who have given more than £7,500 to the party.
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British Conservatives lead charge for gay marriage

British Conservatives lead charge for gay marriage | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
LONDON — Americans watching the latest push for social change in Britain might feel as if they had stepped into an alternative political universe: Here, the Conservatives are leading the charge for same-sex marriage.
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The Khodorkovsky Endgame

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Are the Russian authorities really considering a pardon for Mikhail Khodorkovsky? The markets sure seem to think so.
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The sound of silence

The sound of silence | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
IT IS sometimes claimed that the devil has all the best tunes. It is not true; America does.
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Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

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Rumors about what goes on behind closed doors

When the best political analysis comes from people seemingly best able to interpret muffled sounds from "the next room," rumors spread rapidly. And, in a closed system, no one will officially deny them.

This analysis is by Damian Grammaticas writing on the BBC web site.

 

Damaging coup rumours ricochet across China

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17476760

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Court TV plan 'in Queen's speech'

Court TV plan 'in Queen's speech' | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
New legislation to allow television cameras into courts in England and Wales are to be announced in the Queen's Speech in May, according to reports.
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UK Finance Minister George Osborne on Britain’s Budget Woes

An interview with George Osborne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer for Great Britain about Britain’s austerity financial plans and what worries him about the world economy.
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Fareed Zakaria answers your questions on nuclear weapons

Fareed Zakaria answers your questions on nuclear weapons | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Hundreds of you have submitted very thoughtful questions for me through Facebook, Twitter and my blog. Here is my response to the question: When countries acquire nuclear weapons, don’t they become more emboldened on the world stage?
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Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

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Is extortion part of civil society?

If corruption has grown 180% in everyday life, what's happening in politics?

In Mexico, extortion is a booming offshoot of drug war http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-mexico-extortion-20120319,0,861344.story

 

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In Hong Kong, fears of China’s hidden hand overshadow election

In Hong Kong, fears of China’s hidden hand overshadow election | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Front-runner Leung Chun-ying faces persistent rumors of being a Communist Party member.
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'No compromises' in Union battle

'No compromises' in Union battle | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Scottish Conservatives are urged to offer "no compromises" to the SNP in their battle to keep the Union.
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Russia Eases Law on Political Parties

Russia Eases Law on Political Parties | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Responding to the outcry over disputed parliamentary elections, Russian lawmakers on Friday unanimously approved legislation to make it easier to form and maintain new political parties.
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