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Cambodian people cover their heads with local newspapers as they wait to pray for the late former King Norodom Sihanouk at the cremation site near the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on February 2, 2013.  A sea of mourners filled the streets of the Cambodian capital on February 1, for a lavish funeral for revered former king Norodom Sihanouk, who towered over six tumultuous decades in his nation's history.  AFP PHOTO/TANG CHHIN SOTHY        (Photo credit should read TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images)

The ‘Cambodia Daily’ Is Dying in Darkness

Cambodia’s autocratic leader is trying to shut down his country’s most celebrated journalistic training ground.

A man uses a computer in an internet cafe in Beijing on June 1, 2017.
China implemented a controversial cybersecurity law on June 1, despite concerns from foreign firms worried about its impact on their ability to do business in the world's second largest economy. / AFP PHOTO / GREG BAKER        (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

China Is Trying to Give the Internet a Death Blow

There’s only one remaining way to get unfiltered access to the outside world in China – and Beijing just banned it.

Technicians sit in a control room at the State Grid vehicle battery recharging and exchange station in Beijing on May 30, 2012.  According to government sources, China is to set aside around two billion yuan (320 million USD) as part of drive to cut carbon emissions and produce energy-saving vehicles.        AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones        (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/GettyImages)

How Badly Is China’s Great Firewall Hurting the Country’s Economy?

Beijing's paranoia is about to kill the country's booming live-streaming sector — and it won't be the only victim.

A man (bottom L) is restrained by members of security during a vigil in Hong Kong on June 4, 2016, for the commemoration of the bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989.  / AFP / ANTHONY WALLACE        (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Long Arm of China’s Law Is Coming Down Heavy on Hong Kong

Democracy protesters thought they were shielded by the justice system — until Beijing turned it against them.

This picture taken on December 10, 2010 shows an exhibition at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo highlighting this year's Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Liu Xiaobo, a few hours before its opening. Confusion over which countries would attend the peace prize ceremony for jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo grew Friday just hours before the event with organisers adding more names to the list. AFP PHOTO / SCANPIX - Berit Roald (Photo credit should read BERIT ROALD/AFP/Getty Images)

The Chinese Think Liu Xiaobo Was Asking For It

Blaming the victim is the easiest way for people to sleep at night in a country where the government could crush you at any moment.

TOPSHOT - Cuban Americans in Miami's Little Havana celebrate the death of longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro on November 26, 2016. 
Cuba's socialist icon and father of his country's revolution Fidel Castro died on November 25 aged 90, after defying the US during a half-century of ironclad rule and surviving the eclipse of global communism. / AFP / RHONA WISE        (Photo credit should read RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump is Right to Reset U.S.-Cuba Policy

Reports are coming in that this Friday, in a Miami speech, President Donald Trump will unveil his revisions to former President Barack Obama’s controversial policy to normalize U.S. relations with the Castro dictatorship in Cuba. He's right to scale it back.

Tibetan monks and supporters of Core Group for Tibetan cause hold lighted candles as they participate in a Tibetan solidarity rally at Tashi Gomang Stupa on the outskirts of Siliguri on October 20, 2011. Tibetans living in exile in India launched protests throughout India over Chinese actions in Tibet after a spate of self-immolation's by Buddhist monks and to mark the 50th anniversary of a Chinese attack in India on October 20,1962. AFP PHOTO/Diptendu DUTTA (Photo credit should read DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Cult of Stability Is Killing Tibetans

Tibetans are setting themselves on fire in record numbers to protest Beijing’s heavy hand. But the brutal cycle of violence is only increasing.

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Book Talk: Tom Ricks on Churchill and Orwell in the Age of Trump

Do the legacies of these two figures still resonate in today’s world?

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 16:  Reporters attempt to pose questions to U.S. President Donald Trump during a news conference announcing Alexander Acosta as the new Labor Secretary nominee in the East Room at the White House on February 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. The announcement comes a day after Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Can Freedom of the Press Survive Trump’s Onslaught?

In the United States, subscriptions are up and investigative journalists are in high demand. But the president's war on the media is just beginning.

FOUNTAIN HILLS, AZ - MARCH 19:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to guest gathered at Fountain Park during a campaign rally on March 19, 2016 in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Trumps visit to Arizona is the second time in three months as he looks to gain the GOP nomination for President.  (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Trump’s Damning Global Retreat on Human Rights

The administration has already made it abundantly clear that supporting open societies, free speech, and the protection of civilians is of little concern.

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New Freedom House Rankings Show Democracy Ebbing

It’s quite a time for consolidated authoritarian regimes!

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives on the podium prior to his speech in front of the National Museum of Budapest on March 15, 2017, during the official commemoration of the 169th anniversary of the 1848-1849 Hungarian revolution and independence war.
The revolution in the kingdom of Hungary grew into a war for independence from the Habsburg rule. / AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK        (Photo credit should read ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)

Stand Up for Free Speech and the CEU

Hungary’s nationalist prime minister is intent on shutting down the country's Central European University. We must not let it happen.

MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 08:  Breitbart News Daily host Stephen K. Bannon live on air at SiriusXM Broadcasts' New Hampshire Primary Coverage Live From Iconic Red Arrow Diner on February 8, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

And Then the Breitbart Lynch Mob Came for Me

For 15 years, I’ve spoken out against executive overreach. But in the Trump era, even theoretical criticism puts a target on your back.

Uzbek President Islam Karimov gestures after greeting US Secretary of State John Kerry at Samarkand Airport on November 1, 2015 in Samarkand. Kerry is in the region as he visits 5 Central Asian nations. AFP PHOTO/POOL/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read )

Islam Karimov and the Dictator’s Playbook

The tyrant of Uzbekistan assassinated his enemies, jailed anyone who spoke against him, and crushed human rights. Why did America so willingly look the other way?

An anti goverment protester flashes a victory sign during the clashes between protestors and riot police on Taksim square in Istanbul on June 22, 2013.  Turkish police used water cannon today to disperse thousands of demonstrators who had gathered anew in Istanbul's Taksim Square, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.    AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE        (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe’s Freedom of Speech Fail

Even historic defenders of speech like Denmark and the United Kingdom are starting to choose "social harmony" over free expression.

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