How do you reform the Turkish state by keeping away from day to day politics? Prof. Atilla Yayla, founder of the Turkish think tank Association for Liberal Thinking (ALT), aims to change his country’s climate of opinion by intellectual investments for the future. (more…)

Strasbourg, 26.6.12: The Committee of Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Council of Europe has adopted today, 26 June 2012, a long-awaited resolution on political prisoners in Azerbaijan. The resolution calls upon the Azerbaijani authorities to resolve the more than 80 cases of political prisoners currently in jail in the country as well as to ensure that no further arrests are made on politically motivated charges. (more…)

When receiving information the status of the sender will affect to what extend we believe in the information. So what happens if the sender is unknown? Is it possible for anonymous correspondents or individuals to become influential? Four computer science researchers at the Wellesley College decided to investigate it. In a paper they discuss “the case of a community of Twitter citizen reporters, located in a Mexican city plagued by the drug cartels fighting for control of territory.” In fact, their analysis showed that the most influential reporting individuals were the anonymous ones.

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Principles for a free Society is commissioned by the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation and written as a study guide by Nigel Ashford, an expert in political science.The study guide Principles for a free society examines twelve central ideas, demonstrates why they are necessary for a free society and applies them to political controversies. Readers are given the intellectual tools to contribute to debate about the future of their country and the world.

Principles for a free society is translated into Arabic.

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June 12-14, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation organized two conferences with a total number of 60 women and youth from the opposition party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Accra, the capital of Ghana. The topic of the conferences was campaign and communication and seminars offered both theoretical and practical exercises.

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In newsletter no. 5/2012 you can read about a number of important elections that will take place during the fall of 2012: In Belarus, Ukraine, Venezuela and Georgia.

Hopes run high that the elections in Georgia will be entirely up to international standards. Expectations are also raised that the (almost) united opposition in Ukraine will breathe fresh life into the country’s dwindling democracy and that Henrique Capriles win the presidential elections in Venezuela. Though, the hopes are low for the elections in Belarus, where President Lukashenko is further cementing his authoritarian regime.

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June 8 -10, Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranged together with the Serbian party G17 PLUS the last conference in a serie of four. The previous conferences has been about topics as ideology, campaign, branding, EU-integration and now about politics on a national and local level. The speaker for this conference was Cecilia Brinck, MP, and Fredrik Saweståhl, Mayor of Tyresö municipality.

Saturday morning began with a session on “Principles Into Practice” led by Cecilia Brinck. She talked about how to combine the important ideological principles with both local and national politics. (more…)