Media

Interview

Bassem Youssef Isn't Joking Around

The Egyptian satirist stands on the front lines of Egypt’s culture wars.

David Kenner |

Dispatch

J-School in the Land of the Junta

Can Burma build a free media or will the government’s new soft-sell propaganda win out?

Dustin Roasa |

Feature

Burma's Web-Savvy Rebels

How Burmese insurgent groups are using China's version of Twitter to fight their war.

Patrick Boehler |

Terms of Engagement

Obama's Plumbers

This time, a secretive president has gone too far.

James Traub |

Marc Lynch

A Few Good Saudi Men

Saudi Arabia hounded this lawyer out of the country because he stood up for human rights. Now, he explains how the kingdom is launching a new crackdown on dissent.

Marc Lynch |

Argument

It’s a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Be a Reporter There

How did Turkey become the world's leading jailer of journalists?

Christophe Deloire |

Argument

Is This the Most Disgusting Atrocity Filmed in the Syrian Civil War?

What we know about the Syrian rebel commander captured on video ripping out and eating the heart of a pro-Assad fighter.

Peter Bouckaert |

Argument

It's Morning in Islamabad

Yes, it’s broke, violent, and tumultuous. But here are five reasons Pakistan is better off than you think.

Mosharraf Zaidi |

Argument

Oh, You Silly Man

How John Kerry got rolled by Vladimir Putin on a plan to save Syria.

Michael Weiss |

Argument

Iron Man vs. the Super Censors

In China, even Tony Stark can’t get around the culture police.

Suzanne Nossel |

The List

The 10 Worst Countries for Journalists

Freedom House ranks the world's most repressive media climates.

Arch Puddington |

In Box

In Defense of Leading from Behind

So what if it's a terrible slogan? It's still the right strategy.

Leslie H. Gelb |

In Box

11 BuzzFeed Lists That Explain the World

The viral Internet isn't just for stupid pet tricks anymore.

Ben Smith |

In Box

You Can't Go Home Again

An exiled journalist returns to a changed Burma.

Min Zin |

Rebuttal

Who's Afraid of Cyberoptimism?

Why David Rieff's cynical attack on "cyberutopians" misses the point.

Ethan Zuckerman |

Argument

China’s Black Hole

Let's face it: We have little idea what's actually going on in Xinjiang and Tibet.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Argument

Why the Sheikhs Will Fall

The Gulf monarchies were once thought immune to the uprisings sweeping the Arab world. Not anymore.

Christopher M. Davidson |

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 |