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  • U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuba's President Raul Castro shake hands during  a meeting with both countries' delegations on the second day of Obama's visit to Cuba, in Havana March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RTSBING
    March 21, 2016  

    What does President Obama’s historic visit mean for a new era of U.S.-Cuban relations? Gwen Ifill talks to Laura Trevelyan of BBC World News America for the view from the ground, and Judy Woodruff turns to María de los Angeles Torres of the University of Illinois at Chicago and Roger Noriega of the American Enterprise Institute for more on the implications and impact of the president’s visit. Continue reading

  • Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei casts his vote during elections for the parliament and Assembly of Experts, which has the power to appoint and dismiss the supreme leader, in Tehran February 26, 2016. REUTERS/leader.ir/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. IT IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX28NM1
    February 26, 2016  

    Millions of Iranians cast their votes Friday afternoon for the country’s new Parliament, as well as for the council that will choose the next Supreme Leader. Though the government has blocked thousands of reformist candidates from running, moderates hope to chip away at the hard-liners dominating Iran’s political scene. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Thomas Erdbrink of the New York Times for more. Continue reading

  • Myanmar's National League for Democracy party leader Aung San Suu Kyi talks to supporters after general elections in Yangon, Myanmar on Nov. 9, 2015. Photo by Jorge Silva/Reuters
    November 9, 2015  

    Myanmar is on track to hand a landslide election victory to the party of former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi. John Irvine of Independent Television News reports on the drama leading up to outcome. Continue reading

  • Supporters of Myanmar's pro-democracy figurehead Aung San Suu Kyi gather outside National League for Democracy headquarters (NLD) in Yangon, Myanmar, November 9, 2015. Myanmar's ruling party conceded defeat in the country's general election on Monday, as the opposition led by democracy figurehead Aung San Suu Kyi appeared on course for a landslide victory that would ensure it can form the next government. "We lost," Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) acting chairman Htay Oo told Reuters in an interview a day after the Southeast Asian country's first free nationwide election in a quarter of a century. REUTERS/Jorge Silva      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTS64YL
    November 9, 2015  

    Though the outcome is still not certain, the historic election in Myanmar was a day 25 years in the making. Judy Woodruff takes a closer look at the struggle for democracy with Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights Tom Malinowski. Continue reading

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    October 11, 2015  

    After decades of military dictatorship, Myanmar will soon hold a nationwide election for all the seats in parliament not reserved for the military. Leading the charge for democratic change there is world-famous activist Aung San Suu Kyi. Kira Kay of the the Bureau for International Reporting has this report from the ground in Myanmar, where Aung San Suu Kyi is pushing for a government that reflects the will of the people. Continue reading

  • US President Barack Obama (L) speaks during a joint press conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at the National Palace in Addis Ababa on July 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
    July 27, 2015  

    What’s the significance of President Obama’s historic trip to Africa? Judy Woodruff discusses the visit and the president’s record on Africa with Johnnie Carson of the United States Institute of Peace and William Gumede of the University of the Witwatersrand. Continue reading

  • Student leader Alex Chow (front 2nd R) walks with other students during a march in Hong Kong February 1, 2015. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters returned to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday in the first large-scale rally since protests rocked the global financial hub late last year. The banner is part of a slogan to urge Chinese government to withdraw the decision on political reform.       REUTERS/Liau Chung-ren  (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR4NRHK
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    Pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday in their first major march since police crackdowns and ebbing public support halted demonstrations in December. Continue reading

  • FLEDGLING DEMOCRACY  Tunisia  ballot box and flag  monitor
    December 19, 2014  

    Four years ago, a dramatic act by a Tunisian street vendor prompted weeks of protests, the ousting of a president who had ruled for 25 years and an eruption of upheaval and transformation around the Arab world. In collaboration with filmmaker Jessie Deeter, Hari Sreenivasan explores Tunisia’s fledging steps to democracy as the nation prepares for elections. Continue reading

  • Cuba Releases Alan Gross, Held In Prison For 5 Years
    December 17, 2014  

    How are Cuban-Americans responding to the breakthrough in relations between the U.S. and Cuba? Maria de los Angeles Torres of the University of Illinois at Chicago and Cuban-American activist Ana Carbonell join Judy Woodruff for a debate on the change in policy and its effect on the future of pro-democracy activism on the island. Continue reading

  • People in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou celebrate after embattled President Blaise Compaore announced on Oct. 31 that he was stepping down to make way for elections following a violent uprising against his 27-year rule. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images
    October 31, 2014   BY  

    Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore stepped down Friday to massive celebrations after his failed attempts to extend his 27-year reign. Hard economic times and youth unemployment were factors in his overthrow, but the upheaval doesn’t mark the beginning of Africa’s Arab Spring, two analysts say. Continue reading

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