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How to Stand Up For Human Rights in the Age of Trump

Western democracies that were once reliable defenders of human rights have been consumed by a nativist backlash, leaving an open field for dictators and demagogues.

Traditional Russian wooden nesting dolls, Matryoshka dolls, depicting Russia's President Vladimir Putin, U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are seen on sale at a gift shop in central Moscow on Nov. 8, 2016. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

American Democracy Is an Easy Target

Americans have become paranoid about foreign cyberattacks on their political system, but they have nobody but themselves to blame.

African leaders and U.S. President Donald Trump pose during the G-7 Summit on May 27, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily. (Jonathan Ernst/AFP/Getty Images)

American Sh*thole

Trump is right about the state of some African countries — but it's because they're ruled by men like him.

Korean fans at the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Andrew Yates/AFP/GettyImages)

The Olympics Will Only Make the Korea Crisis Worse

The founder of the games dreamed of inspiring world peace. He created an event that's always done the opposite.

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The Islamic Republic of Hysteria

The Trump administration’s Middle East strategy revolves around a threat that doesn’t exist.

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ISIS Inc.

Despite its defeat on the battlefield, the Islamic State is using Iraq’s black market to stockpile millions of dollars to fuel its coming insurgency.

Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) on November 22, 2017 in the Bundestag. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Germany Doesn’t Have a Playbook for a Nazi-Sympathizing Opposition

A far-right party has entered German parliament, with uncertain consequences for the country’s democracy.

An effigy of Iran's pre-revolution leader Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in Tehran. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

A London Television Station Has Convinced Iran the Shah Was Great

Why are young Iranians demanding the return of the Pahlavi dynasty? Media-savvy exiles in Europe.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro speaks in Havana, Cuba, on Dec. 14, 2017. (Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)

Why More Sanctions Won’t Help Venezuela

The people, not the government, will pay the price.

Oromo protesters demonstrate in the Ethiopian town of Bishoftu on October 1. (Zacharias Abubeker/AFP/Getty Images)

Ethiopia Is Falling Apart

Tepid reforms and halfhearted concessions won't save the country's authoritarian government from its existential crisis.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani under portraits of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in a suburb of Tehran on June 3, 2014. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran’s Elites Are Far More Fragile Than They Look

An Islamic Republic divided against itself cannot stand.

South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myung-Gyun (right) and North Korean chief delegate Ri Son-Gwon exchange joint statements during their meeting at the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on Jan. 9.(/AFP/Getty Images)

Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in Are the Negotiators Korea Needs

Pyongyang's and Seoul’s leaders have shown they can build political capital. Now they have to spend it.

A U.S. Marine in a combat training exercise in Afghanistan on August 27, 2017. (Wakil Koshar/AFP/Getty Images)

The Only Force That Can Beat Climate Change Is the U.S. Army

America’s military is the only institution that can break the partisan deadlock on the worst threat the nation faces.

A South Korean government official checks the direct communications hotline to talk with the North Korean side at the border village of Panmunjom on Jan. 3, in Panmunjom, South Korea. (South Korean Unification Ministry via Getty Images)

What’s a Nuclear Hotline Good For Anyway?

North and South Korea have revived their dormant direct line. That’s good news for the rest of the world.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, left, and Jaroslaw Kaczynski, right, leader of Poland's Law and Justice party. (Attila Kisbenedek, Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images)

How to Break Up Europe’s Axis of Illiberalism

If the EU really wants to punish Poland, it should turn up the pressure on Hungary.

U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flying with F-35B fighter jets and South Korean Air Force F-15K fighter jets on September 18, 2017 in Gangwon-do, South Korea. (Getty Images)

It’s Time to Bomb North Korea

Destroying Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal is still in America’s national interest.

Rural residents near the city of Anshun, China on Feb. 20, 2014. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s War on Poverty Could Hurt the Poor Most

The government is pushing people out of rural squalor — and into urban dependence.

Protesters in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare cheer a military vehicle during a demonstration demanding President Robert Mugabe's resignation on Nov. 18. (Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images)

Africa’s Generational War

Last year was a good one for the continent’s autocrats. But young Africans have launched a democratic revolution — and they’ve got the numbers on their side.

Pakistani Rangers at the India-Pakistan Wagah Border Post on August 14, 2016. (Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan Has All the Leverage Over Trump

Why Islamabad isn’t worried about threats to cut off U.S. aid

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