Law

Putinology

Sochi's Bitter Medicine

Why the controversy around the Sochi Olympics could turn out to be a good thing for Russia.

Miriam Lanskoy |

Tea Leaf Nation

Get Out of Jail Cheap

Tips and tricks for getting out of Chinese prison early -- just in case.

Liz Carter |

Argument

Clique-Bait

Why is the Chinese Communist Party so afraid of legal activist Xu Zhiyong? 

Yiyi Lu |

Argument

A Dream Deferred

How a recent exposé vindicates activist Xu Zhiyong's vision for China. 

Phelim Kine |

Argument

Turkey's Enemy Within

How Prime Minister Erdogan is dismantling democracy.

Firat Demir |

Report

Acquitted in Court, Still Blacklisted by the U.S.

The United States sanctioned Ante Gotovina when he was a fugitive fleeing war crimes charges. Now he's a free man, but still on the list.

Jamila Trindle |

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 |

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 |

Putinology

Putin's Knack for Surprise

Behind Putin's sudden release of former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Anna Nemtsova |

Report

Stuck on a U.S. Government Blacklist?

Call Erich Ferrari, the lawyer who makes a living defending alleged drug kingpins and arms dealers.

Jamila Trindle |

David Rothkopf

It’s Not About Snowden -- It’s About Madison

The jig is up for anyone who argues that the Constitution doesn't cover metadata.

David Rothkopf |

Report

This Court Case Could Kneecap the NSA

Why a judge's assault on 'Orwellian' surveillance could cripple the spy agency's legal and political support.

Shane Harris |

Exclusive

White House v. Holder

The fight over the government’s top national security lawyer.

Shane Harris |

Argument

A Deeper Shade of Orange

How the latest mass protests in Ukraine go beyond the revolution of 2004.

Askold Krushelnycky |

Think Again

Think Again: Mexican Drug Cartels

They aren't just about Mexico or drugs anymore.

Evelyn Krache Morris |

Putinology

In Russia, the Price of Dissent Keeps Rising

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

Anna Nemtsova |

Report

The Next Big Financial Scandal

A mounting investigation into the foreign exchange market could be the next black eye for the financial industry.

Jamila Trindle |

Report

Is Washington Letting This American Rot in a Cuban Jail?

Havana keeps saying that it's willing to let this U.S. contractor go. But the White House and Congress keep rejecting the offers.

Yochi Dreazen |

Argument

In Pakistan, Slow and Steady Just Might Win the Race

Yes, terrorism is a problem. But Pakistan is making remarkable headway in its transition to democracy.

Sheila Fruman |

Report

For SAC, It's $1.2 Billion And Counting

Why the biggest insider trading fine in history might not be the end of the giant hedge fund's woes.

Jamila Trindle |

Report

Is China About to Crack Down on J.P. Morgan, Too?

An aggressive Beijing could be very bad news for the bank -- and lots of other Western businesses operating in China.

Jamila Trindle |

Christian Caryl

Eulogy for a Quiet Revolutionary

What today’s activists can learn from the life and times of the heroic Polish politician who passed away earlier this week.

Christian Caryl |

Tea Leaf Nation

Ghost in the Machine

How Chinese netizens are mocking a recent spate of televised confessions. 

Yiqin Fu |

By Other Means

Public Citizen

If our kids don't all have tracking chips, the terrorists win.

Rosa Brooks |

Argument

Doing Away with Et Cetera

Bosnia's current constitution leaves some people unrepresented. It's time to move away from ethnicity and toward citizenship.

Luka Oreskovic |

Dispatch

Cold Comfort

Tunisia's first suicide bomber in decades managed to kill only himself. But that's little consolation to a people who are fighting to keep their transition on track.

Asma Ghribi |

Tea Leaf Nation

How to Say 'Truthiness' in Chinese

Chinese citizens don't think their government should have a monopoly on rumors.

David Wertime |

Tea Leaf Nation

Copywrong

Is China's top intellectual property rights enforcer using pirated software?

Jan Cao |

Terms of Engagement

Civil Surge

Can Syrian moderates prove they'd do a better job of governing liberated areas than the Islamist opposition?

James Traub |

Dispatch

The Long March North

The Algerian government has a long track record of subduing protest movements. Is it about to meet its match?

Mischa Benoit-Lavelle |