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A mother and son were sentenced to prison in Russia. Their only offense is believing in God.

Jehovah’s Witnesses continue to be persecuted in Russia and Crimea.

Mohammed bin Salman is guilty of murder. Biden should not give him a pass.

If the crown prince's criminal apparatus is not dismantled, there will be more victims like Jamal Khashoggi.

What does justice for Jamal Khashoggi look like? Unleashing free expression in Saudi Arabia.

A good future is one where MBS is internally checked by free Saudis who are able to demand accountability from their government.
  • 2 days ago

Afghans are living in terror. That must change for peace.

The Taliban benefits from the environment of fear and hopelessness around the peace process and the lack of critical voices demanding an inclusive peace.
  • 2 days ago

The Mexican president’s decision to stand by an accused rapist is an insult to victims of gender violence

López Obrador's decision to stand by Salgado has dismayed activists who have fought for years against the scourge of gender violence in Mexico.

The clock is ticking on North Korea. Biden should make the first move.

The new administration can learn from the mistakes of its predecessors.

Beijing’s SARS lockdown taught my children resilience. Your covid kids will likely be fine.

Fear was ever-present. Schools, movie houses, restaurants and stores closed. Vacations were canceled. Everyone wore masks.
  • 3 days ago

Biden stood up for Jamal Khashoggi. What happened to him should never happen again.

Khashoggi would have wanted to be sure that the new Biden administration had truly resolved: Never again.

Cambodia’s crackdown on the free Internet is a threat to the whole world

Democracies must fight for a free Internet, as China pushes the other way.

Egypt presents Biden a familiar conundrum: How to handle a ‘friendly’ authoritarian

Lecturing Egypt about human rights from afar won’t help anything.

The West just lost Georgia

Georgia has been a test case for Western influence in the post-Soviet space. This week it failed.
  • 3 days ago

Europe’s absurd and hypocritical war against ‘wokeness’ is heating up

The political genius of these phony wars is that “woke” has no clear meaning; the term’s malleability makes it the perfect enemy.

The arrest of this activist should put India’s ‘democracy’ title in question

The persecution of a young climate activist highlights the prime minister’s drift toward autocracy.

I’m an Indian journalist. A video called for me to be hanged for my reporting.

It is extraordinarily difficult to be an independent journalist today in India — a thriving democracy when it comes to the peaceful transition of power, but a distinctly diminishing democracy when it comes to other institutional freedoms.

Egypt’s republic of fear has detained tens of thousands. It’s cruel — and counterproductive.

How can a society move forward when parts of it — usually the brightest, most creative and independent — are locked away or broken?

I called up my would-be killer. He didn’t want to talk.

An investigation exposes the members of a Kremlin hit team.

Remembering a taste of freedom in Bahrain, 10 years ago

Why the events of the Arab Spring are burned into my memory.
  • 5 days ago

Biden’s bid to mend relations with Europe is crucial to his global strategy

It will be difficult to rebuild an alliance after the past administration’s missteps.

The world must act to stop Venezuela’s environmental destruction

The dismantling of Venezuela’s environmental institutions and the collapse of its oil sector have generated a chain reaction of unsustainable natural resource extraction.
  • 6 days ago
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There's one area where positive momentum in Turkish-U.S. ties can happen.
  • Jan 28

Why the West’s attempts to reset relations with Russia have failed again and again

There are fundamental issues where Russia flatly refuses to reset its own policies.
  • Feb 18

I’m an Indian journalist. A video called for me to be hanged for my reporting.

It is extraordinarily difficult to be an independent journalist today in India — a thriving democracy when it comes to the peaceful transition of power, but a distinctly diminishing democracy when it comes to other institutional freedoms.
  • 4 days ago

Biden stood up for Jamal Khashoggi. What happened to him should never happen again.

Khashoggi would have wanted to be sure that the new Biden administration had truly resolved: Never again.
  • 3 days ago

Iran has taken another American hostage. His ordeal strikes close to home.

The Iranian regime must not be allowed to benefit from citizens in the diaspora returning while also using them as bargaining chips.
  • 6 days ago

The clock is ticking on North Korea. Biden should make the first move.

The new administration can learn from the mistakes of its predecessors.
  • 3 days ago

A mother and son were sentenced to prison in Russia. Their only offense is believing in God.

Jehovah’s Witnesses continue to be persecuted in Russia and Crimea.
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