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Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, September 15, 2014

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Christian Caryl analyzes the politics of rage that drives both the Islamic State jihadists and the separatists in eastern Ukraine.

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Tunisia Struggles to Cope With Returnees From Syrian Jihad

Back in September 2013, Slim Gasmi, then 28 years old, desperately needed money. So he decided to leave his ailing parents and his fiancée behind in the working-class Tunis suburb of Hay Hlel and cross the border into Libya. He'd had a job with a wholesaler there before Libya's 2011 revolution, and he hoped that by picking up where he'd left off he could put aside enough money to get married and start a small business to support his family.

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Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, September 8, 2014

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Samia Errazzouki sheds light on the Bahraini authorities' arrest of her friend and colleague Maryam al-Khawaja.

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Libyans Are Bracing for Civil War

In Libya, regional players have been battling for influence, reportedly supplying militias with weapons and even conducting secret military operations in the country. An alliance of Islamists militias reportedly took over Libya's capital, Tripoli, on Aug. 23; soon after, they stormed and "secured" a U.S. embassy compound in the city. The freshly reelected Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni -- who was appointed on Sept. 1 -- faces a daunting mandate as the escalating crisis threatens the complete disintegration of the state and collapse of the country's democratic process, just three years after the Qaddafi's ouster in 2011.

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