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  JUNE 2012
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Top Stories
NED honors Shultz and Albright with Service Medalmore 
CIMA publishes Empowering Independent Media, 2nd ed. more
Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows mark 10 years. more
Democracy Spotlight
30 years since Westminster
Thirty years ago, on June 8, 1982, President Ronald Reagan made one of his most historic speeches to the British Parliament, which led to the bipartisan creation of the National Endowment for Democracy. NED marked this important anniversary of the "Westminster Address" by honoring key leaders in the effort to advance democracy worldwide. more


At the event, George Shultz and Madeleine Albright (below, center) received the NED Democracy Service Medal. more
Democracy Service Medal to Schultz, Albright




















Legacy of Westminster Address Examined at Reagan Library Conference
Albright, Shultz, and democracy activists from around the world discussed 30 years of efforts to assist democracy, as well as current challenges. more 


"Reagan's Westminster speech is still a reminder of the power of words," was a June 7 Washington Post editorial. more


Watch a clip of Reagan's Westminster address. more 
News & Events


CIMA Empower II coverEmpowering Independent Media Report, 2nd Edition
The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) released the second edition of its report, Empowering Independent Media: U.S. Efforts to Foster a Free Press and an Open Internet Around the World, edited by David Kaplan, an investigative journalist and media consultant. more


A decade of Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows

The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows program celebrated its 10th anniversary with an event on Capitol Hill. more


NED honored with Atlantic Council Freedom Award

The annual Freedom Award recognizes organizations and individuals that have made major strides advancing democracy and freedom worldwide. NED president Carl Gershman accepted the award at the Wroclaw Global Forum, and spoke about NED's "special relationship" with Poland. more

Ahmed Addow Anshur 

NED mourns the murder of Ahmed Addow Anshur (right), a reporter with NED grantee Radio Shabelle. He is the sixth journalist to be killed in Somalia this year. more



Gerald Kankya, Program Coordinator for NED grantee the Twerwaneho Listeners Club (TLC), received the inaugural European Union Human Rights Defender Award in May. more


Normando HernandezCuba 
Reagan-Fascell fellow Normando Hernández (right) testified before the U.S. Senate on "The Path to Freedom: Countering Repression and Strengthening Civil Society in Cuba." more  


Vo Van Ai, President of Quê Me ("Homeland"), NED's longest-standing grantee, testified in May before Congress on the "arbitrary detention of pro-democracy and religious activists in Vietnam." more



"Advancing Democracy in Iraq" is a blog post from the Education for Peace in Iraq Center that highlights NED's extensive work in Iraq. more 


Basiri Saleem of the Oruj Learning CenterAfghanistan
Sadiqa Basiri (right) of NED grantee Oruj Learning Center, which provides education to thousands of girls in Afghanistan, participated in a panel on education at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in April. Video is available online. more


New Journal of Democracy
The April 2012 JoD focuses on "The Languages of the Arab Revolutions," as well as the latest Freedom House report on "Freedom in the World," and many other issues. more  


NED's Gershman speaks on Arab Revolts, Tibet 

In May, Gershman delivered the annual John B. Hurford Memorial Lecture on the subject of "The Arab Revolts: A Fourth Wave or an Ebbing Tide?" more  


Gershman also addressed the 6th World Parliamentarians' Convention on Tibet, on the subject of "China and Tibet: The Prospect for Democratic Change." more 


NED Mourns Leon Lynch
Former NED Board member (1996-2004) Leon Lynch died on May 6. Lynch oversaw human rights and civil rights efforts for the United Steelworkers union, and served as a member of the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO. more 


Center for International Private EnterpriseCIPE Editorial Cartoon Competition 
The Center for International Private Enterprise will accept submissions until July 15. more 


U.S. High School Expresses Democratic Solidarity

The Bolton High School Political Assembly of Bolton, CT, expressed its support for democracy around the world by raising funds for NED. more 


Upcoming & Past Events
June 20, 4:00-6:00pm: Media Law Reform 2.0: Advancing Press Freedom and Independent Media Around the World, a CIMA event at NED in partnership with the International Senior Lawyers Project. more


June 21, 12:00-2:00pm: The Toxic Mix: Money, Power, and Politics in South Africa, at NED, featuring Reagan-Fascell fellow Judith February. more 


June 26, 4:00-6:00pm: Clear and Present Danger: Attempts to Change Internet Governance and Implications for Press Freedom, a CIMA event at NED. more


June 28, 12:00-2:00pm: Personal Reflections on 20 Years of Democracy Assistance in Burma, at NED, featuring Reagan-Fascell fellow Aung Moe Zaw. more 



May 22: Creating a Civic Constituency in Bosnia and Herzegovina, featured Reagan-Fascell fellow Darko Brkan. more 


May 17: An Explosion of News: the State of Media in Afghanistan, a CIMA event moderated by Richard Kraemer.  more


June 14: Empowering Tibetan Women in Exile: Reflections and Recommendations, at NED, featured Reagan Fascell fellow B. Tsering. more  


June 18: Panel discussion in honor of NED vice president Nadia Diuk's new book, The Next Generation in Russia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan: Youth, Politics, Identity, and Culture, at NED, featured the author. more 


June 18: Belarus: Stable Instability?, a NED co-sponsored panel in honor of the late Vitali Silitski, at the Carnegie Endowment, featured NED Senior Director for Europe Rodger Potocki. more