How a mayor set out to save a Sicilian city from neglect and Mafia influence.
The most important showdown between China and the United States isn't happening in the Pacific. It's happening at the SEC.
Posse Comitatus meets the 21st century.
Using terms like "civil society" is a distraction from the real problems in authoritarian countries.
The Muslim Brotherhood sees a conspiracy to oust it from power around every corner, and it’s prepared to strike preemptively against its enemies -- both real and imagined.
Six ways China's new leader could be the reformer the Chinese have been waiting for.
The Syrian president's fans are comparing him with the hero of America's Civil War. Here's why they're wrong.
Burma’s ruling party is under stress. Democrats should be careful what they wish for.
A tale of an alleged rape and one woman's futile quest for justice in modern China.
Why corruption is set to become one of the defining political issues of the 21st century.
Longing for the days of Kim Jong Il? Maybe it's time to transfer your affections to the delusional dictator of Equatorial Guinea.
How a tragic twist of fate is fueling a revolt against Armenia’s overweening tycoons.
Man does not live by GDP alone. An introduction to the Legatum Institute's latest Prosperity Index.
We often ask why some people choose to resist authoritarian regimes. But the better question might be why so many decide to cooperate.
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.
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.
It's time to stop deriding the Americans who refuse to vote. They're trying to tell us something.
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.
President Hugo Chávez’s victory in the presidential election has some Venezuelans wondering whether it's time to leave.
A constitutional ban on blasphemy might sound like a good idea to some. But it can mean less freedom for everyone.
25 years after the end of authoritarianism, Taiwan is still struggling to come to terms with its past.
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?
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.
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.
Even before last week's riots at the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, the progress of Tunisia's revolution was beginning to look rocky. Here's why.