In contrast to the conventional wisdom that democracy is in retreat worldwide, the evidence tells a different story: The state of global democracy has been stable over the last decade and is actually better than it was in the 1990s.
- Excerpts from a November 15 letter by the Hong Kong Federation of Students (who were among the leaders of the "Umbrella Revolution") to Chinese premier Li Keqiang, inviting him to visit Hong Kong.
- Excerpts from the 310-page campaign manifesto of former finance minister Ashraf Ghani, who was proclaimed Afghanistan’s new president on September 21 after lengthy negotiations and an audit of the June 14 presidential runoff.
- Excerpts from the third annual Carlos Cardoso Memorial Lecture given by Angolan journalist Rafael Marques de Morais on November 4 at Johannesburg’s Wits University. Marques, head of the anticorruption website Maka Angola, is known for his courageous investigative reporting on conflict,the diamond industry, and corruption in Angola.
- An October 10 open letter sent by a group of Nobel Peace Prize laureates and leading human-rights organizations to the United Nations and the European Union calling for the immediate release of human-rights activist Liu Xiaobo, currently the only Nobel laureate in prison.