New On The Freedom Collection: Ammar Abdulhamid Updates
Syrian dissident Ammar Abdulhamid’s Freedom Collection interview provides a compelling look inside his troubled homeland. We were very fortunate to interview him for a second time and learn about more recent developments in his country. We are now pleased to post a recently recorded second set of interviews with Ammar, to hear his perspectives on Syria’s bloody civil war, steps that must be taken to end the violence, and building a sustainable democracy. Ammar is a Syrian human rights activist who founded the Tharwa Foundation in 2003, a grassroots organization that enlists local activists and citizen journalists to document conditions in Syria. In response to his activities, the Syrian government subjected Ammar to repeat interrogation and threats. He now lives in exile with his family, but remains one of the leading bloggers on events in Syria.
Watch Ammar’s updated interview here.
Christopher Walsh is the Program Coordinator for the Freedom Collection.
Christopher Walsh serves as a Manager for the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. In this role, Christopher manages communications, evaluation, and public policy research projects that advance freedom and democracy in the world. He also develops and implements efforts to make the Bush Institute a welcoming place for today’s generation of dissidents and democracy advocates, overseeing visits for training, inspiration, and insight.
Prior to joining the Bush Institute, Christopher worked with the International Republican Institute in Washington, D.C. As IRI’s program officer for Central and Eastern Europe, he coordinated political party building and civic advocacy programs in the Balkans and Turkey.
A native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Christopher is a graduate of American University with a B.A. in International Studies. He currently lives in Dallas with his wife and three young children.Full Bio
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There’s no denying that the numbers out of Venezuela are bad all around these days. If there’s any room for hope, it’s this diminutive digit: 1. That is the percentage of verified voter signatures that Venezuela’s beleaguered democratic opposition has needed to push forward a recall referendum on socialist President Nicholas Maduro. In 1990, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said that “Marxist Socialism is not yet buried but its epitaph can now be written. It impoverished and murdered nations. It promoted lies and mediocrity. It persecuted faith and talent. It will not be missed.” Unfortunately, socialism’s failures in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union did not deter Venezuela’s leftists, buoyed by once-high oil prices, from taking a shot. For more than 15 years citizens have suffered from the failed socialist experiments of the late President Hugo Chavez and his hand-picked successor Maduro. Shortages of foo