Does the average person consider governance when they think about the things that affect their everyday lives? In a new Overseas Development Institute (ODI) paper that assesses views on governance based on survey data from around the world, we find that they do. But governance has many aspects, and there are some that are more important to people than others.
"Massive Online Open Courses," abbreviated "MOOCs," are being hailed as a potentially revolutionary development in education. Is the Arab World about to miss out? So far, there's only one such course offered in Arabic -- and it's taught by Israel's Technion.
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Zaher Sahloul reports on the Syrian regime's use of snipers to kill innocent civilians.
Venezuela's opposition is entering the third week of its massive street protests, which were triggered in part by high inflation, persistent scarcity of basic goods, and one of the worst crime waves in the world. Protesters are constantly clashing with security forces, sometimes violently. Yet the battle is also being fought in the public sphere, where both sides are working hard to make their case.
On Feb. 20, citizens of Derna, a port city in eastern Libya, hoped to cast their votes for the Constituent Assembly (the body that will write the country's new constitution) along with the rest of the country. Unfortunately, the area's extremist groups had other ideas. Ahead of the election, they bombed many polling stations and shut down the rest, preventing people from casting their votes. When the central government set up an election rerun in the city on Feb. 26, Derna's voters boycotted the election, because the government had done nothing to ensure that this run would be any safer than the last. As a result, the city has no representatives in the Constituent Assembly, thanks to a few powerful militants who insist that democracy contradicts Islam.