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The Carnival Of Revolutions.

Welcome to the Carnival of Revolutions!


In this time, in our time, we're witnessing history unfolding every day, a spontaneous explosion of political activity breaking out around the world. We've seen it in Ukraine. We've seen it in Lebanon. But it's happening in countless other (often neglected) places. There is so much happening, it's often hard to keep up. The Carnival of Revolutions tries to provide a useful summary of the past week's progress on the march of freedom in the world.

Not all of the news is great. Some is even depressing. But we're here to tell the stories of the democratic reformers around the world, struggling for free and fair elections and/or other basic rights necessary for any democracy. We are conservatives, we are liberals, we are Democrats, we are Republicans, and we are everything in between.

We share one powerful goal, however: the advance of liberty in the world.

Democratic reformers living in "fear societies" don't necessarily need guns or large wads of cash to succeed. They do need:

- people to "tell their story"
- people to "hear their story"
- people to "know their story"
- people to "feel their story"

...which is where we come in.

Let's get to it, then:




Babalu Blog notes that Castro's government is shutting down scores of foreign-owned businesses in Cuba.

Paxety Pages serves up a Cuban Cocktail Party.


From Babalu Blog, "Venezuela's anti-castro rebellion spreads."

Chavez, meanwhile, is actively cracking down on groups seeking change.




Terrorism Unveiled offers some suggestions on Fixing Al-Hurra.


The first Kuwaiti female minister took an oath of office.


Child camel jockey slaves returned home... but nobody was home to greet them.


The Pulse of Freedom blog wonders about Lebanon's future.


Winds of Change takes note of al-Qaeda in Iran, as well as the nomenclatural challenges in labelling Ahmadinejad.

Who Won Iran's Election? Khamenei.

Publius Pundit notes evidence of low turnout in the run-off election.

The U.S. is not recognizing the legitimacy of Iran's mock election.

The Iranian regime called for President Bush to apologize for calling the elections a sham.


U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sent Syria a warning to stop destabilizing the region, while in the region.

Saudi Arabia-

Condi Rice is walking the walk on the spread of freedom in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia.


Senator Durbin's comments are stirring up discussion in Jewish circles.


The Liberals Against Terrorism blog looks at the Kefaya demonstrations in Egypt.

The Egyptian government allowed the demonstration to occur without the usual riot police clamping down.

Publius Pundit points out increased American pressure on Egypt to reform.

Indeed, Gateway Pundit has more on Rice's meeting with Egypt's democratic opposition.


The Sandmonkey blog notes al-Jazeera is beginning to treat the terrorists like terrorists, rather than always pretending they are freedom fighters.

Iraq The Model notes media bias.




Naruwan Formosa ponders Asian Democratic Values.


Ideas in Progress blog takes note of a little-reported uprising in China.

Gullyborg is startled to learn that Gullyborg blog is banned in China.

Daniel Drezner asks: Does China Contradict the Liberal Paradigm?


R.J. Rummel looks at the kid-glove handling of Kim Jong-Il.

The Marmot's Hole blog looks at some recent developments in the North Korean nuclear game.


The U.S. is applying some serious pressure to Burma for its terrible human rights situation.


The Acorn blog notes how India responded in a very ho-hum manner to attacks perpetrated by Nepal's Maoist rebels.

Quid Nimis, meanwhile, profiles the Naxalites, the Indian insurgent movement.


Free To Choose? Not In Singapore





Siberian Light notes Mikhail Khodorkovsky's Birthday.

Ultima Thule ponders: Putin for a third term?


Orange Ukraine takes note of the media situation in Ukraine.




Blogrel examines America's Influence on Democratization in the Caucasus.


Vazgen Manoukian calls for revolutionary change for Armenia.

REMEMBER: Democracy is a process, not an event.


Volodymyr Campaign blog notes that an Azeri opposition reporter was beaten to death by the police.

Publius Pundit notes how Azerbaijan is slowly opening to the West.

Blogrel takes a gander at the significance of the NKR election results.

Try this one out: Imminent Revolution in Azerbaijan?





Ultima Thule unmasks Nigerian corruption.


Ethiopundit notes that a member of the United States Congress wants to link humanitarian aid with property rights.

Meskel Square posts the transcript of an interview with Simon Bereket, Ethopian Information Minister.

Weichegud picks apart the interview.

The Buzz Blog posts an Ethiopian Freedom Watch.


Publius notes how African leaders are copping out when it comes to holding Robert Mugabe accountable for his misdeeds.

More Mugabe Insanity.



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June 6: Publius Pundit
June 13: Gateway Pundit
June 20: Siberian Light
June 27: WILLisms.com
July 4: Registan.net
July 11: Publius Pundit
July 18: Boxing Alcibiades
July 25: soapgun blog
August 1: SophistPundit
August 8: Blogrel
August 15: Am I A Pundit Now?
August 22: Coming Anarchy
August 29: One Free Korea
September 5: Thinking-East
September 12: Quid Nimis
September 19: OPEN
September 26: OPEN
October 3: OPEN
October 10: OPEN
October 17: OPEN
October 24: OPEN
October 31: OPEN
November 7: OPEN

Email WILLisms@gmail.com if you would like to host the Carnival of Revolutions at some point in the future. We prefer that you have some experience blogging on these issues, as it requires a moderate level of expertise to prepare the carnival each week.

The submission deadline is each Sunday evening, but the exact deadline really up to the host each week. Any blogger can submit a post on the rapid flurry of events we see each week, or on a broader theoretical idea. The criteria are fairly broad, but inclusion of your submission is ultmately up to the host.

To submit a post for a future Carnival of Revolutions, use this page, or email the host for the week directly.

Posted by Will Franklin · 27 June 2005 07:10 AM


Wow! Really moving and interesting. Wow!

Posted by: Cindy T. at June 28, 2005 06:12 AM