The Hijacking of Polands’ Courts

Written by: Ryan Thiele Since the Law and Justice (PiS) party took the reigns of the Polish government in 2015, the party has been on a crusade to remove “communist influence” from the country by taking over the courts. Led by President Andrzej Duda and Party Chairman Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the party has used its majority…

Instanbul’s Groundbreaking Mayoral Election

Written by: Matthew Maurice Mayoral elections are often unexciting affairs, coupled with low turnout. With the exception of maybe New York and a couple other major US cities, most Americans would likely struggle to name any other mayor (including their own). Even the historic election of Lori Lightfoot to be Chicago’s next mayor, becoming both…

Elections in Azerbaijan: A Win for Democracy’s Favorite Dictator

Written by: Jack Urban On April 11, 2018, Ilham Aliyev was re-elected to a fourth term as President of Azerbaijan. Despite Azerbaijan’s close ties to the West, their standing as the first muslim majority secular country in the world, or their massive oil reserves, this event went largely unnoticed by the world. Moreover, in order…