Freedom

Argument

Unsung Heroes

Some of the world's bravest dissidents are pursuing their fight against injustice with little attention from the outside world. But that doesn't mean they aren't worth knowing about. Here's a list of remarkable people who rarely make it into the headlines.

Tom Malinowski |

Argument

The Great Persian Firewall

Should we care that Iran just turned off Google?

Art Keller |

Case Studies

Rebooting the Bureaucracy in Georgia

As Georgian voters prepare to vote in a crucial parliamentary election, a look back at one of the signature programs of President Mikheil Saakashvili. 

Richard Bennet |

Argument

In Georgia, Two Machines Are Better Than One

The run-up to Georgia's October 1 election has been dirty, demeaning, and rife with abuses of power and allegations of corruption. It’s also the best thing to happen to Georgia in a long time.

Scott Radnitz |

Christian Caryl

Why We Give the Lady a Hard Time

An open letter to the critics of our criticism.

Christian Caryl |

Interview

He's With the Band

An interview with the first man of Pussy Riot.

Joshua E. Keating |

Argument

The Revolution in Tunisia Stalls

Even before last week's riots at the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, the progress of Tunisia's revolution was beginning to look rocky. Here's why.

Fadil Aliriza |

Dispatch

Commandos for Jesus

Meet the former Green Berets delivering aid to some of the most blighted corners of Burma, and saving souls along the way.

Daniel Lovering |

Argument

Senseless

Why does President Barack Obama refuse to call the killing of our Libyan ambassador "murder"?

Newt Gingrich |

Argument

Free Speech in the Age of YouTube

Barack Obama couldn't censor that anti-Islam film -- even if he wanted to.

Robert C. Post |

Argument

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Buddhism Problem

Why isn't Burma's democracy icon speaking up for minorities -- and against her country's nationalistic, racist, xenophobic, and occasionally violent Buddhist majority?

William McGowan |

Argument

Buddhist Monks Behaving Badly

The boys in saffron are marching again. But this time there’s nothing that's noble about it.

Francis Wade |

Argument

It's Time to Act in Syria

Yes, it's true: Military involvement in Syria has its risks. But the costs of non-intervention are growing by the day.

Mark N. Katz |

Slide Show

Delhi Laughs

The heavy-handed political cartoons that have India's government hot under the collar.

Slide Show |

Argument

Freeing the Press

Will the relaxation of Burma's severe censorship laws usher in the age of a responsible, responsive media -- or are Burmese journalists right to worry that the state is still watching them closely?

Min Zin |

Argument

Bucking the Odds in North Korea

Why Kim Jong Un might just dare to be different.

Jay Ulfelder |

Argument

Bullish on the Bear

It’s hard to find people who are optimistic about the future of Russian democracy. Leon Aron explains why he’s one of them.

Paul Starobin |

Feature

The Extraordinary League of Accidental Revolutionaries

You might think the Egyptian revolution is dead, but the Tahrir faithful are still chipping away at the Old Guard -- one YouTube video at a time.

Ty McCormick |

Argument

Sound and Sensible

Mitt Romney’s foreign policy would echo the best of America’s bipartisan traditions. But the desperate Obama caricature of it is just a sad indication of how much the president has failed.

Peter D. Feaver |

Rebuttal

Lonely Planet Responds to 'Leftist Planet'

The quotes in Michael Moynihan's article are taken out of context and mischaracterize Lonely Planet's mission.

Stephen Palmer |

Argument

Burma's Lost Boys

The government in Burma is promising to clean up its act. But the army is still recruiting child soldiers.

Patrick Bodenham |

Christian Caryl

Local Bloodshed, Global Headache

Sectarian conflict in Burma is once again spurring talk of a “global war against Islam.”

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Burma's Misled Righteous

How Burma’s pro-democracy movement betrayed its own ideals and rehabilitated the military

Francis Wade |

Slide Show

The Year in Unfreedom

Nineteen countries where liberty and justice are not for all.

Freedom House |

Argument

The Old Grey Lady in Red China

Will the just-launched New York Times Chinese-edition get censored by Beijing's media watchers?

Isaac Stone Fish |

Christian Caryl

The Sudanese Stand Up

The best way to help the protesters in Sudan? Cover the story.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Build Burma from the Ground Up

Relying only on the state to implement democratic reforms in Burma is a fool’s errand. But there’s a better way.

Elliott Prasse-Freeman |

Slide Show

The Martyrdom of Al Qusayr

Images from photojournalist Robert King’s recent visit to a Syrian community under siege.

Slide Show |