Human Rights


Georgia Versus the Forces of Chaos

In the wake of this month’s watershed election in Georgia, a new prime minister and an incumbent president are figuring out how to keep their personal enmity from breaking into open warfare.

Molly Corso |


Beware the Tyranny of the Mob

The growing insecurity of religious and ethnic minorities is one of the biggest problems arising from the Arab Spring. But much can be done to protect them.

Jamsheed Choksy |

Christian Caryl

In Praise of Apathy

It's time to stop deriding the Americans who refuse to vote. They're trying to tell us something.

Christian Caryl |


The Man Who Brought the Black Flag to Timbuktu

A new Islamist strongman has taken the stage in North Africa. His rising power is giving him a lot of bad ideas.

William Lloyd-George |


Ladyboys in the Gulf

The riches of the United Arab Emirates hold promise for transgender sex workers, but also danger and unspeakable cruelty.

Sulome Anderson |

Dept Of Secrets

The True Spy Story Behind <i>Argo</i>

The internal CIA account of how the Iran rescue really went down. 

Nate Jones |


No Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership

One of Africa's top business leaders talks about the challenges of encouraging good governance.

Ty McCormick |

Christian Caryl

Where the Arab Spring Has Not Yet Sprung

The spirit of rebellion continues to simmer in the Middle East and North Africa. But you won’t see much about it in the headlines.

Christian Caryl |


The Kingdom of Silence and Humiliation

Looking back on life under the Assad dynasty.

Ahed Al Hendi |


To Leave or Not to Leave

President Hugo Chávez’s victory in the presidential election has some Venezuelans wondering whether it's time to leave.

Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez |


A Revolutionary Foreign Policy

The Muslim Brotherhood's political party promises to transform Egypt's place in the world.

Amr Darrag |


Amputation is No Cure for Cancer

South Sudan is gone. But the government in Khartoum still can't escape what ails Sudan.

Jon Temin |


Why a Constitution Is a Bad Place for a Blasphemy Law

A constitutional ban on blasphemy might sound like a good idea to some. But it can mean less freedom for everyone.

Katrina Lantos Swett |


The New Sheriff in Town

At an outpost on the Turkish-Syrian border, rebel fighters are the law.

Sarah A. Topol |


Remembering the White Terror

25 years after the end of authoritarianism, Taiwan is still struggling to come to terms with its past.

Amber Parcher |

By Other Means


Why are all these advocacy groups aligning themselves with the military?

Rosa Brooks |


Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Pick

China's most famous dissident never wanted the honor.

Yu Jie |

Slide Show

Aleppo Burns

While the United States offers "non-lethal aid," the destruction of Syria's largest city continues.

Slide Show |


We Are All Malala

Why can't Pakistanis condemn the Taliban for shooting a 14-year-old girl?

Nadeem F. Paracha |

The List

Handicapping the Nobel Peace Prize

Pundits usually do a terrible job predicting the winner of the world's most prestigious peace award. With that caveat in mind, here goes...

Joshua E. Keating |


Putin's Miscalculation

It was a big mistake to pick on a pregnant human rights activist. The world must hold whoever was responsible to account.

Kenneth Roth |


No Exit

For the first time in many years, Venezuela’s presidential election is raising the possibility of an electoral defeat for Hugo Chávez. But if he loses, does that mean he’ll go?

Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez |

Christian Caryl

An Idealist on Death Row

Why the desperate fate of a little-known Sudanese human rights activists poses some fundamental questions about what it means to be human.

Christian Caryl |


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 |


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Seven countries where Internet freedom is under threat.

Sanja Kelly |

Christian Caryl

Why We Give the Lady a Hard Time

An open letter to the critics of our criticism.

Christian Caryl |


Bahrain: We Take Human Rights Violations Seriously

Manama responds to Freedom House's report knocking the country's democratic transition.

Fahad A. AlBinali |


How to Save the Regime in Tehran

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.

Nazila Fathi |

Christian Caryl

The Problem with Patriotism

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.

Christian Caryl |


The Lady and the Tweet

Can there be an Aung San Suu Kyi in the Twitter era?

Suzanne Nossel |