Why the desperate fate of a little-known Sudanese human rights activists poses some fundamental questions about what it means to be human.
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.
Manama responds to Freedom House's report knocking the country's democratic transition.
Shirin Ebadi, Iran's leading human rights activist, explains why on attack on the country's nuclear program is just what the mullahs have been yearning for.
The dispute over islands in the East China Sea is stirring up nationalist passions in the region. That doesn't bode well for the future of democracy.
Why isn't Burma's democracy icon speaking up for minorities -- and against her country's nationalistic, racist, xenophobic, and occasionally violent Buddhist majority?
The boys in saffron are marching again. But this time there’s nothing that's noble about it.
Yes, it's true: Military involvement in Syria has its risks. But the costs of non-intervention are growing by the day.
The heavy-handed political cartoons that have India's government hot under the collar.
How a shrewd politician defused ethnic tension and improved public services in one of Indonesia’s most dysfunctional cities.
The Syrian National Council has failed to galvanize international support for the rebellion -- and it has only itself to blame.
Barack Obama's correction to the excesses of the George W. Bush years was necessary. But cold-blooded realism is not enough to safeguard America's interests and promote its values.
It’s hard to find people who are optimistic about the future of Russian democracy. Leon Aron explains why he’s one of them.
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.
One man's targeted strike is another man's state-sanctioned murder.
How a small change by the SEC could prevent war, decrease corruption, and help developing countries fight Big Oil.
The quotes in Michael Moynihan's article are taken out of context and mischaracterize Lonely Planet's mission.
The Midnight's Children author reflects on life under fatwa, the Arab Spring, and his one-night stand with Twitter.
Before there was Pussy Riot, there were the Plastic People of the Universe. An FP List of musicians who took on their governments -- and became historical icons.
For years, Rwanda's budding dictator, Paul Kagame, has gotten away with murder, while winning praise (and billions of dollars) from the West. But is the blind support for this strongman finally drying up?
Academic economists usually air their new ideas first in working papers. Here, before the work gets dusty, a quick look at transition policy research in progress.