China’s Pop Idols Are Too Soft for the Party
Stars like Kris Wu are huge with fans, but sit uncomfortably with macho ambitions.
Nowhere to Run in Xi’s China
The Chinese leader’s cult reaches into the most remote regions of the country.
China’s Great Leap Backward
For decades, the country managed to avoid most problems suffered by dictatorships. Now Xi Jinping’s personal power play risks undermining everything that made China exceptional.
India’s Aging Guerrillas Still Believe in the Struggle
As India’s police conjure up the specter of urban Maoist terror, the real insurgency remains deep in the jungle.
In Italy, a Right-Wing Spin Doctor Repents
How Silvio Berlusconi’s top propagandist become one of Matteo Salvini’s toughest critics.
India’s Secularists Have an Authoritarianism Problem
Indians are increasingly forced to choose between Hindu nationalism and egalitarian dictatorship.
Cuban Communism Is at Its Reform-or-Die Moment
The country’s first non-Castro president in over 50 years has only one path to legitimacy.
German TV Is Sanitizing History
A new wave of historical dramas is telling the wrong stories about the country’s past.
How to Make Karl Marx Sexy
The philosophy of economics doesn’t make for a good movie. It gets easier if you drop the philosophy and the economics.
Globalization Has Created a Chinese Monster
Xi Jinping's dictatorship isn't what the end of history was supposed to look like.
Book Excerpt: In ‘Enlisting Faith,’ the Navy Takes Vietnamese Catholics South
It was hot and muggy as monsoon season crested in the summer of 1954.
The Future of Particle Physics Will Live and Die in China
China's next-generation supercollider will unlock secrets of the universe — and destroy the ideals of the scientists running it.
Xi Jinping Has Quietly Chosen His Own Successor
Meet Chen Miner, the man who has been getting groomed to run China — without anyone in the West seeming to notice.
1.3 Billion People Are in One Man’s Grip
Why Xi Jinping will dominate this week's 19th Party Congress and what it means for China's future.
The Sins of the Father Shall Not Be Visited on the Son
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg's son has devoted his life to aiding children of imprisoned radical leftists. And his work is about to become more urgent than ever.
A Fellow Traveler Enters the Moscow Cage Match
American MMA fighter Jeff Monson is a posterboy for the Russian Communist Party's propaganda push. But he may be a pawn in a larger game.
Even Vladimir Putin Cannot Kill the Russian Revolution
Twenty-five years after the great revolution that toppled the Soviet regime, the spirit of dignity and freedom still burns.
Trump’s ‘Ideology Test’ Could Bring Back a Hated McCarthy-era Law
Donald Trump's plan would dredge up a Cold War-era law that critics say betrayed U.S. values without improving security.
Indonesia’s Gotta Catch All the Communists
A red scare is sweeping Indonesia, digging up the ghosts of the 1965-1966 mass killings, and threatening a fragile democracy.