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Don't Get Sick in Venezuela

In the 1980s, few singers in Venezuela were as popular as Yordano Di Marzo. By combining elements of jazz, Caribbean bolero, and Italian pop music with poetic lyrics, the Rome-born Yordano became a smashing success. It is fair to say that everybody in the country older than thirty knows at least one Yordano song by heart.

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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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