Media

Feature

The Wanderer

Meet Degi Dudayev. It's not easy being the son of independent Chechnya's dead president.

Yulia Yuzik |

Reality Check

YaLa Young Leaders

How a Facebook organization could transform the Middle East.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Inspiration Inflation

We're all to blame for giving al Qaeda's magazine more credit than it's due.

J.M. Berger |

Feature

Bashar's War

For the Syrian regime's faithful mouthpieces, victory is always around the corner.

Sam Heller |

Marc Lynch

The Middle East's Kings of Cowardice

Why are the Gulf's leaders so afraid of a few jokes?

Marc Lynch |

Slide Show

Resistance Isn't Futile

Powerful photos of defiance from Freedom House's "Images of Freedom and Repression."

FREEDOM HOUSE |

By Other Means

Keep Calm and Shut the Bleep Up

Dear Americans, stop patting yourselves on the back for 'not letting the terrorists win.'

Rosa Brooks |

Argument

The Plot to Block Internet Freedom

Autocrats are trying to limit free speech online. Here's why we need to make sure they fail.

Julius Genachowski |

Dispatch

The Outsider

Meet Sayed Kashua, Israel's most popular writer, comedian, critic -- and Arab.

Debra Kamin |

Argument

David Stockman’s Dystopia

Why Reagan’s former budget chief is like a crazy person howling in the wind. Let’s ignore him.

Jared Bernstein |

Dispatch

Russia’s Digital Underground

How the Kremlin is waging war on information freedom.

Andrei Soldatov |

Feature

The Jihadist from Phoenix

Eric Harroun claims to have joined up with an al Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria’s brutal civil war. We tracked him down, but getting the truth was more difficult.

Greg Tepper |

Dispatch

If a Tree Falls in Baghdad…

Ten years after the Iraq war, almost everything in this country -- from security to its place in the region -- is still in play.

Jane Arraf |

Argument

The Hate List

Is America really being overrun by right-wing militants?

J.M. Berger |

Micah Zenko

God Bless Bob Woodward

In praise of investigative reporting.

Micah Zenko |

Feature

The Toppling

How the media inflated a minor moment in a long war.

Peter Maass |

Dispatch

Pressed

The propaganda war in Kuwait.

Peter Maass |

Marc Lynch

Tehran Tanking

Iran's popularity in the Arab world is way down, but sectarianism is on the rise.

Marc Lynch |

Argument

Pilgrims and Idiots

How celebrities should handle visits to authoritarian countries in today's world.

Arch Puddington |

Dispatch

The Brotherhood vs. the Free Press

Egypt's new rulers are determined to tighten their grip on the media scene in Cairo. I should know -- they had me fired.

Hani Shukrallah |

Argument

Rolling out the Red Carpet

Why is Hollywood kowtowing to China?

Damien Ma |

Argument

Israel's Script Turns Sour

Hollywood used to portray Israelis as heroic and brave. Today, it's films about the brutality of the occupation that make it to the silver screen.

Lisa Goldman |

Feature

Does Hollywood Have a Foreign Policy?

Tinseltown’s biggest films tend to be highly critical of American power, but also reinforce the idea that the rest of the world is a place best avoided.

Joshua E. Keating |

Feature

The Little Search Engine That Couldn’t

How China’s Communist Party tried to compete with Google, and failed miserably.

Isaac Stone Fish |