Human Rights

Argument

Aid Amnesia

Jeffrey Sachs has gone down the rabbit hole on the aid debate. He doesn't even remember what it was all about.

William Easterly |

Dispatch

The Controversial Death of a Teenage Stringer

Reuters gave this Syrian kid a camera. Seven months later he was dead.

David Kenner |

Argument

Why Putin’s Defense of “Traditional Values” Is Really a War on Freedom

The sensible way to fight back against Russia's anti-gay campaign.

James Kirchick |

Argument

Silver Lining: The Year 2013 in Human Rights

For human rights advocates, 2013 brought many grim setbacks. Yet there were still some important signs of progress.

Ken Roth |

Lab Report

Venezuela’s Glass Revolution

In 2013, Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution survived the death of Hugo Chávez. Now his successor, President Nicolás Maduro, confronts his toughest challenge yet: an economy on the brink. The latest in our series of Lab Reports on Venezuela.

Juan Nagel |

Dispatch

Silent Night

As a security vacuum continues to plague Egypt, the country's beleaguered Christian community fears a rash of kidnappings will only worsen during the holiday season. 

Bel Trew |

Dispatch

'The Power Struggle Was Only Beginning'

In South Sudan, a failed coup, violent confusion -- or the first spark of civil war?

Andrew Green |

Argument

Boycott Me. Please.

Why the American Studies Association's boycott of Israeli academic institutions -- and my small liberal arts college -- is so utterly ridiculous.

Martin Kramer |

By Other Means

Incarceration Nation

What if America's incarcerated population really was a nation?

Rosa Brooks |

Argument

A Cambodian Awakening

The Cambodian opposition is flooding the streets. But success depends on whether it can play politics.

Ellen Bork |

Dispatch

The Angry Man

Why we remember Mandela the smiling grandfather, not Mandela the fighter.

Eve Fairbanks |

Photo Essay

'I Am Fundamentally an Optimist'

With Nelson Mandela's death, a look back at the South African leader's legendary life -- in his own words.

Marya Hannun |

Dispatch

Out and Down in Syria's Civil War

Caught between the regime and Islamists, Syria’s gay community just struggles to stay alive.

Haley Bobseine |

Feature

My Dinner With Alptekin

In which your humble correspondent breaks bread with the Uighur democracy movement in Arlington, Virginia.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Argument

Justice Undone

Why is Bosnia releasing people convicted of genocide?

Valerie Hopkins |

Putinology

In Russia, the Price of Dissent Keeps Rising

Russia's activists are battered and demoralized. But not everyone has given up.

Anna Nemtsova |

Christian Caryl

Ukraine's Hostage Crisis

How one woman's fate is derailing Ukraine's European dream.

Christian Caryl |

Terms of Engagement

'The Worst of the Worst'

A U.S. ally is treating a would-be nation as a prison camp -- and we're doing nothing about it.

James Traub |

Dispatch

Thailand's War of Attrition

As the government and opposition forces take to the streets, an exiled billionaire waits in the wings, and battle lines are drawn.

Steve Finch |

Dispatch

Now the Social Revolution Can Begin

The end of Nepal's bloody civil war was supposed to bring freedom to the downtrodden. But democracy actually makes some things more complicated.

Eric Randolph |

Dispatch

The Listener-In-Chief

On the road with Burma's reformist president.

Gwen Robinson |

Christian Caryl

Does the World Need a Vatican Spring?

Pope Francis wants to reform the church. But does that mean giving believers a vote?

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

A Home Truth

Europe says it will now welcome gay asylum-seekers -- even as the EU’s own LGBT communities suffer discrimination and violence.

Harriet Salem |

Argument

Keeping Up with the Karimovs

Why is Uzbekistan's pop star princess suddenly airing the dictatorship’s dirty laundry?

Andrew Stroehlein |

Dispatch

'We Live and Die Here Like Animals'

The Central African Republic has suffered a horrific collapse. But is the worst violence between the country’s Muslims and Christians yet to come?

Peter Bouckaert |

Argument

Why the Carrot Isn't Working, Either

The Chinese government thinks it can thwart unrest among ethnic minorities by raising their incomes. But prosperity doesn't buy loyalty.

Scott Radnitz |

Christian Caryl

The LGBT Global Values Gap

The world is profoundly divided over gay rights -- and it's going to get worse before it gets better.

Christian Caryl |

Putinology

Maksim's Warriors

How one of Russia's young ultranationalists sees the world.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

The End of India's Sovereignty Hawks?

It’s time for the world’s largest democracy to start promoting human rights.

Sumit Ganguly |

Argument

A Strange Kind of Victory

Some pundits are celebrating the effort to get rid of Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons. But if this is progress, what does failure look like?

Michael Weiss |