Human Rights

Christian Caryl

Heroes of Retreat, Revisited

We love to celebrate heroic crusaders for human rights. But what about the dictator who decides to surrender his powers?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

The Dicey Democrat

How a pillar of the old regime in Burma is working to prove his democratic credentials.

William Lloyd-George |

Dispatch

In Rebel Country

How did 1,000 skinny militiamen in rubber boots conquer a city of 1 million people in a matter of hours?

James Verini |

Slide Show

The Battle for Goma

Once again, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has descended into chaos.

Slide Show |

Argument

Beware of Mirages

The Obama Administration is pursuing closer ties with the military in Burma -- a policy that could undermine efforts to build democracy.

Ellen Bork |

Argument

The Lady and the General

Meet the political odd couple driving democratic reform in Burma.

Kurt M. Campbell |

Interview

A Change Is Gonna Come

Chen Guangcheng on freedom, violence, and the possibility of a revolution in China.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Argument

Defending Free Speech in the Digital Age

Across the world, the battle for free speech is pitting governments and corporations against activists and average citizens.

Lee C. Bollinger |

Argument

Turkey's Weakest Export

Turkey says it wants to be a model for democracy in the Middle East. But so far its actions lag behind its achievements.

Gamze Coşkun |

Slide Show

Africa's Forever War

Haunting scenes from Congo's ongoing conflict.

Slide Show |

The List

Five Myths about the Chinese Internet

The Great Firewall is neither great, nor a firewall. Discuss.

Eveline Chao |

The List

Everything You Need to Know About Susan Rice

The lowdown on America's maybe-next secretary of state.

Colum Lynch |

Argument

Dreams of Their Fathers

Cambodia's people want freedom. Can Obama deliver?

Karen J. Coates |

Argument

Words Are Weapons of Mass Destruction

Why Hamas should watch its language.

David Keyes |

Argument

Defender of the Flame

Not only does the United States deserve a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, it’s leading the charge.

Eileen Donahoe |

Argument

Human Rights Now

Six ways China's new leader could be the reformer the Chinese have been waiting for.

Sophie Richardson |

Christian Caryl

Is Bashar al-Assad Syria’s Abraham Lincoln?

The Syrian president's fans are comparing him with the hero of America's Civil War. Here's why they're wrong.

Christian Caryl |

Christian Caryl

The Corruption Pandemic

Why corruption is set to become one of the defining political issues of the 21st century.

Christian Caryl |

Interview

The Inconvenient Revolution

An interview with a leading human rights activist from Bahrain

Azzurra Meringolo |

Argument

Time for a Reset on Human Rights

Obama’s record has been a disappointment. Now he has a second chance to get it right.

Suzanne Nossel |

The List

What You Missed While You Were Refreshing Drudge and FiveThirtyEight

A guide to the world news you should get caught up on now that the election is over.

Cara Parks |

Argument

Nightmare Squared

Longing for the days of Kim Jong Il? Maybe it's time to transfer your affections to the delusional dictator of Equatorial Guinea.

Pedro Pizano |

Argument

Rights and Responsibility

The candidates may disagree on some human rights issues, but the next president will face challenges that transcend partisan lines.

Kenneth Roth |

Argument

Back to Africa

If Barack Obama is reelected, he'll have to deliver on his promises to Africa -- and act more like Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush.

Mvemba Phezo Dizolele |

Argument

Breaking the Grip of the Oligarchs

How a tragic twist of fate is fueling a revolt against Armenia’s overweening tycoons.

Liana Aghajanian |

Argument

Prosperity Isn't Just a Matter of Wealth

Man does not live by GDP alone. An introduction to the Legatum Institute's latest Prosperity Index.

Peter Passell |

Argument

The Collaborator's Song

We often ask why some people choose to resist authoritarian regimes. But the better question might be why so many decide to cooperate.

Anne Applebaum |

Argument

The Secret of Islamist Success

Islamist political parties aren't succeeding in the Middle East because they stand for Islam. It's because they have a well-established political brand.

Dalibor Rohac |

Slide Show

Happy Birthday, Madam Secretary

Fourteen of the best images of Hillary Clinton as she celebrates her 65th birthday.

Slide Show |