The Regression of Viktor Orban

How did Hungary’s prime minister go from liberal reformer to right-wing demagogue?

The Cable

Two of America’s Neighborhood Foes Are Headed in Very Different Directions

As Cuba releases more than 3,000 prisoners ahead of Pope Francis's visit, Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro tries to silence his opposition.


Ukraine Says Goodbye to Red October

Kiev is making a sweeping bid to purge the national map of its Soviet-era place names.

Shadow Government

Mr. President, You’re No Ronald Reagan

How does Obama stack up against the GOP's favorite president?


In Democratic Vote, Moscow Looks to Restore Soviet Symbol

Muscovites will debate the restoration of their own contentious symbol -- the statue of a feared Soviet police chief.


Why Pope Francis Inspires Raúl Castro to Go to Church

Warming relations between Havana and the Vatican demonstrate a broader trend of reconciliation between the once-hostile ideologies, which has accelerated under social welfare-minded Francis.


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Tea Leaf Nation

The Communists that China Forgot

Not an hour from Beijing is a hard-core leftist's "utopia," free from modern Chinese materialism. Welcome to Righteous Path Farm Academy.

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Political Animal

Günter Grass believed that it was the duty of writers to engage with the issues of the day.


Xi Jinping Forever

Is China’s increasingly powerful president angling to break tradition and extend his rule indefinitely?

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