Freedom

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 |

Dispatch

"The Wounded Will Be Killed"

An American photojournalist describes what he saw during the month he spent in a Syrian village under siege.

Robert King |

Christian Caryl

Her Work Isn’t Done

This week the world is celebrating Aung San Suu Kyi’s achievements as a pro-democracy activist. Now the question is: Can she finish the job?

Christian Caryl |

Failed States

Was the Arab Spring Worth It?

The people of the Middle East have paid a steep price to overthrow their dictators.

Hussein Ibish |

Argument

The Freedom to Hate

As sectarian violence lashes Burma, the media are using their newfound freedom for destructive ends.

Hanna Hindstrom |

Argument

Egypt's Constitutional Chaos

The process of drafting a new constitution is a train wreck. But there’s a way to get it back on track.

Mara Revkin |

Terms of Engagement

Sit this One Out

Why Obama shouldn't use drones to go after Mali's Islamic radical separatists.

James Traub |

Slide Show

Too Hot for Tehran

The ayatollahs are going after a new generation of satirists. But that hasn't stopped Iran's best cartoonists-in-exile from exposing the country's deepest taboos.  

Slide Show |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

An  ex-president is convicted, England celebrates, and Angela Merkel feeds a penguin.

Slide Show |

Argument

Betting on a Cambodian Spring

Why Cambodia’s opposition faces a steep uphill battle in its effort to oust Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Thomas Mann Miller |