Back in the days of the Arab Spring, optimists predicted a bright future for democratic upheavals around the world. But the reality in places like Ukraine, Venezuela, Turkey, and Thailand is far messier.
Does Chinese President Xi Jinping really make one-twentieth of Obama’s salary?
How the Syrian government's use of snipers against its own citizens gives the lie to its talk of fighting terrorism.
Vladimir Putin's forces in Crimea are trying to pick a fight. But the Ukrainians hunkered down in their bases have every interest in abstaining.
Vladimir Putin is justifying his grab for Crimea with the need to protect the "Russian-speaking population" in Ukraine. But why stop there?
Yulia Tymoshenko is out of prison, but the heroine of the Orange Revolution may not be the leader Ukraine wants.
Does the concept of "human rights" still have meaning in a world where everything qualifies?
Chinese are whispering about the possible downfall of Beijing's J. Edgar Hoover. Why won't they talk about it out loud?
Ukraine's new leaders took down a president. Can they rebuild their country?
Pro-democracy protesters in Kiev are triumphant. In Moscow they're still taking it on the chin.
An activist explains why the authorities cracked down on a peaceful protest to commemorate the victims of tsarist-era genocide.
How a Swiss commodities giant used shell companies to make an Angolan general three-quarters of a billion dollars richer.
Egypt's government is happily letting exiled billionaires and convicted Mubarak cronies buy their way back home.
Most visitors to the Winter Olympics will only see the giant stadiums and overpriced hotels. But some Russians are mourning the lost paradise of childhood.
President Yanukovych is losing his support among Ukraine's oligarchs -- and that could be the key to his fate.
Why the controversy around the Sochi Olympics could turn out to be a good thing for Russia.
The conflict between Ukraine’s opposition and the president is escalating. But there’s room for a possible compromise.
Protests against the authoritarian government of Prime Minister Hun Sen are reaching a boiling point.
Ukraine's government started the crisis. The opposition needs a strategy for ending it.
How a $50 million graft scandal is pushing Malawi even closer to environmental catastrophe.
Why Ukraine's brutal riot police are one of the biggest obstacles on the path to reform.
Africa is poised for economic growth. But it won't all be smooth sailing.
China's erstwhile No. 2 tries to fend off corruption implications -- and the public isn't buying it.
China’s Communist Party got almost 2 million citizen complaints last year -- yet doesn’t seem to mind.