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Death and the Democratic Deficits in Duterte’s Drug War

Filipino social justice activist Jose Luis Martin “Chito” Gascon describes how President Duterte’s so-called “War on Drugs” has lead to the deaths of thousands, rampant human rights violations, and the blatant abuse of state authority. Gascon identifies a growing trend in the rise of strongmen and widespread threats to democracy around the world. He calls for all of us to acknowledge this trend and work proactively to reimagine democracy for the twenty-first century.

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