The People’s Republic of China Was Born in Chains
The Communist Party calls 1949 a liberation. But China was far freer beforehand.
Xi Jinping Is the Life and Soul of the Party
The Chinese president’s ambitions can’t be separated from the CCP’s ideology.
China’s Communist Party Is Making Its Own (Virtual) Reality
Propaganda is getting an upgrade with technological tricks.
The Real Origins of the U.S.-China Cold War
The only way to win the next superpower showdown is to understand what exactly caused it.
Corbyn’s Pet Stalinist
Seumas Milne loves the Soviet Union, hates the EU, and has the ear of a possible future prime minister.
Winter Settles on Chinese Universities
What does Xu Zhangrun’s punishment mean for hopes of academic freedom?
The Chinese Communist Party Always Needs An Enemy
Xinjiang's detainees are the latest victims of a deep insecurity.
Poetry for the Masses
1,200 newly translated poems from Bertolt Brecht offer an unexpected survival guide for difficult times.
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.