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Ethiopian
Ethiopia has seen much physical development and economic growth in the past decade. But the rose tints may be fading. (Photo/Simon Davis/DFID)

Not Long Ago, Ethiopians Said Their Country Was More Democratic Than Botswana, Ghana Or Mauritius

But it seems Ethiopians define ‘democracy’ more instrumentally, in terms of provision of material welfare or effective governance, rather than intrinsically — that is, protecting individual freedoms or following procedures


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Why There Are No Arab Democracies; The ‘Curse’ Of Deserts And Camels

Religion (Islam) cannot be the reason why there are no Arab democracies. Perhaps the desert slows down the flow of enlightened ideas – and camels build a character of patience that autocrats are adept at exploiting.


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Freedom. (Photo/Chris Leishman/Flickr).

Africa In The Freedom In The World Index 2009

Freedom in the World is a yearly survey and report by U.S.-based non-governmental organisation Freedom House that measures the degree of civil liberties and political rights in every nation, and significant disputed territories