Tea Leaf Nation

An International Victory, Forged in China’s Tumultuous Past

Nobel Laureate Tu Youyou never studied abroad, never got a doctorate, and never bothered to climb the bureaucratic ladder.

The Cable

Ed Snowden Signed Up for Twitter. He Follows 1 Account — the NSA.

The days of the world's most famous whistleblower keeping a low profile are over.


Sisi Caves to Critics by Releasing Al Jazeera Journalists

Right before the Egyptian leader heads to the U.N., he pardoned 100 prisoners Wednesday.


Free Speech Crackdown, Ecuador Edition

The U.N. has condemned Ecuador's shutdown of a media watchdog group amid concerns the government is increasingly threatening freedom of speech.


Egypt Has a Creative Way of Hiding Bad News: Banning Journalists From Reporting on It

Cairo has promised a full investigation into why its security forces accidentally killed eight Mexican tourists. Too bad Egypt has now banned journalists from reporting on it.

Tea Leaf Nation

Censored: A Young Survivor Decries Handling of Tianjin Explosion

The day of China's splashy military parade, she writes, local officials persuaded her parents to sign a sketchy contract.


Saudi Arabia Bans National Geographic Cover Featuring Pope Francis

Pope Francis has won praise around the world for advancing a more humble, tolerant version of Catholicism, but there’s one country that he evidently hasn’t ...

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