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[liberationtech] "Not Everyone Makes It To Freedom" -- Toomas Ilves

David Jandura djandura at ifes.org
Thu May 19 13:09:32 PDT 2011


Thank you for the article Ross,

Ilves makes a lot of good points but the article - maybe Diehl - is wrong about Egypt and Tunisia.  Tunisia has not decided on a new electoral system yet and it appears that Egypt will be moving<http://ahwatalk.com/2011/05/19/egypt-to-abandon-current-electoral-system/> to some sort of Mixed Member Proportional or Parallel voting system.

Best,

David Jandura


-----Original Message-----
From: liberationtech-bounces at lists.stanford.edu [mailto:liberationtech-bounces at lists.stanford.edu] On Behalf Of A. Ross Johnson
Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2011 12:16 PM
To: liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu
Subject: [liberationtech] "Not Everyone Makes It To Freedom" -- Toomas Ilves

I share the link to the Washington Post report on  Estonian President Toomas
Ilves' understanding of why democratic transition was successful in Estonia
and why it may fail elsewhere.  Ilves was (unmentioned by Diehl) director of
the RFE/RL Estonian Service 1988-1993.  Then, his own broadcast telephone
interviews with independent and opposition figures in Estonia were a
megaphone that contributed to making the old status quo unsustainable.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/post/a-european-revolution
ary-on-the-arab-spring/2011/05/13/AFOwp91G_blog.html

Ross



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