Lebanon Has a New President (Not That It Matters)
President or no, Lebanon has had no effective governance for decades. That's not about to change.
How Zimbabwe Made Zimbabwe’s Flag Illegal
The country's own flag has become an anti-government symbol of protest.
Israel’s President Confronts Ukrainians With Their Past
Many in Ukraine don't want to hear about their heroes' participation in the Holocaust. But Israel's President Rivlin didn't shy away from the truth.
Venezuela’s Long-suffering Opposition Finally Gets a Win
This week's large and peaceful protest in Venezuela shows that the momentum is finally behind the chavista government's opponents.
A Democracy Lab Contributor Is Venezuela’s Latest Political Prisoner
Desperate to halt a recall referendum against the president, Venezuela’s government has arrested one of our authors.
Facing Headwinds, Referendum to Recall Venezuela’s President Moves Forward
Most Venezuelans want him gone. But Nicolás Maduro still has a few tricks up his sleeve.
Ukraine’s Meat Grinder Is Back in Business
The latest bloody fighting in eastern Ukraine shows that talk of a “frozen conflict” is premature.
The Death Blow to Turkey’s Media
As of today, Turkey's largest-circulation newspaper — long a government critic — is no more.
Shooting of Opposition Leader Roils Georgia Ahead of Contentious Election
The shooting of Aleksi Petriashvili, a former minister, introduces a dangerous new element to Tbilisi's overheated politics.
This Time I Decided to Vote
Here's why it meant so much for one writer in Kampala to vote in Uganda's seriously flawed election.
How Tunisia’s Crooked Cops Are Undermining the Revolution
Tunisia's uprising was a cry against pervasive corruption. Five years later, it's only gotten worse.
Venezuela Is About to Go Bust
When the country defaults, a lot of people are going to lose a lot of money. And they deserve to.