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Empty promises of freedom

Gerges, Fawaz A. (2003) Empty promises of freedom. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331

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With President Bush vowing to bring democracy to Iraq and the Middle East, Arab governments have begun professing a new commitment to encouraging democracy. Kings, emirs and dictators alike suddenly appear to have discovered the value of human rights and civil society and are trumpeting initiatives to promote them. The problem is that there remains a huge gap between the rhetoric used by these governments and the reality of their response to peaceful dissidents and opposition groups. For every democratizing action, there's an authoritarian reaction.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2003 The New York Times Company
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2009 16:13
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2021 00:10

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