Three days ago, on Monday the 26th of September, Azerbaijan held a national referendum on a number of constitutional amendments. On Tuesday,  the Central Election Commission claimed, that all had received the support of voters by a wide margin. The constitutional changes at stake give further powers to the already powerful President Ilham Aliyev –  including prolonging the…

იხილეთ ქვემოთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია / see below for the Georgian version of this article. Last week was one of the best ones I can remember; liberals from all over the world gathered in the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi. On the 20th of May, Executive Committee members of Liberal International (the international federation for regular…

On December 6th, 2015 a nationwide referendum was held in Armenia. People voted for or against constitutional reforms. “No” got only 32% of the vote and “yes” got 63%. Notably, there were significant differences in outcome within the country, “No” mostly won in major cities and “Yes” in small regions. As a result, the opposition…

Most of the countries that earn their income from oil are undemocratic.  Thanks to the large sums of money earned by oil, these countries tend to develop regimes that do not take into consideration human rights, serve only the interests of the ruling classes, and use the police and army to defend their interests. In…