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Reading Prompt Week 14 Civil Society

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Reading Prompt  Week 14 Civil Society, Media and Democratic Reform  beginning April 12, 2010 Readings for this week:  1) Stewart, Chapter 10  2) Samantha Shapiro 3) Nasrin Alavi Stewart, Chapter 10 What is civil society and why is it considered important? What kinds of organizations  foster the development of a civil society? What is the situation in the Middle East  regarding civil society? The US-based organization Freedom House has measured the “freedom status” of  countries in the Middle East. What factors do they measure? Which countries do they  determine are the most free? What are human rights? How does the UN monitor and promote human rights? Identify  some of the major conventions passed, what they attempt to do, and whether there are  any patterns regarding which conventions are adopted by which countries in the region. What is the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam?
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