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Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, August 18, 2014

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Christian Caryl looks at the foreign policy thinking behind The Wizard of Oz as the film's fans mark its 75th anniversary.

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Why the World Needs to Get Ready for the Next Generation of Slums

People who live in slums don't have easy lives to begin with. Lately, though, politicians have been doing their best to make matters even more complicated. A few weeks ago the Venezuelan government started evicting Caracas's infamous 45-story slum, the "Tower of David," relocating residents to government housing outside the city. In early July, a few weeks earlier, a thousand slum dwellers in Islamabad found themselves confronting riot police as they tried to protest the Pakistani government's plans to evict them from their homes ("katchi adabi" settlements). Around the same time, a local government in India approved plans to build the first of 10,000 new "transit accommodations" for displaced slum dwellers. That followed Bombay's brutal anti-slum drive in May, when authorities bulldozed more than 100 family homes, forcing over 600 residents onto the streets.

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Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, August 11, 2014

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In the first of our Lab Reports on Turkey, Cenk Sidar argues that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's victory in this weekend's presidential election will inspire the biggest opposition backlash yet.

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