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Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, April 14, 2014

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Christian Caryl reports from Ukraine on gnawing fears of a possible Russian invasion. Anna Nemtsova tracks the darkening political climate in Russia.

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'Dialogue' Means Nothing in Venezuela

On Thursday night, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, along with several members of his political party, hosted a night of "dialogue" with the opposition. Of course, this was no real dialogue. The evening showed that the two players in Venezuelan politics cannot agree on anything -- and might have even helped entrench each side's already radicalized positions.

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Desperate for Coffee in Caracas

CARACAS — Tío Conejo, or "Uncle Rabbit," is among the most celebrated characters in Venezuelan folklore. Perpetually under threat from his nemesis, the powerful "Uncle Tiger," the hero manages -- through guile, charm, and no small amount of luck -- to consistently seize the upper hand from his mighty adversary.

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Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, April 7, 2014

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Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Saleh Mutlaq argues that the Iraqi government's sectarian policies are raising the stakes for the April election.

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Venezuelan Divides: Mind the Gap

On Tuesday, April 1, the New York Times published a rare opinion piece by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. In it, Maduro lays out his view of the two-month old protests that have left dozens dead and hundreds wounded. He also makes a plea to the United States Congress, which is currently pondering sanctions, not to punish his regime. Yet as the international community continues to tip-toe toward engagement, a bit more clarity is called for.

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