The Imagined Threats of 5G Conspiracy Theorists Are Causing Real-World Harm
Attacks on cell phone towers are merely the latest evidence that virtual disinformation is leading to actual violence.
Attacks on the Press Track a Democratic Backslide
As press freedom declines globally, the United States must reckon with its own diminishment.
To Save Its Democracy, the United States Needs a Dose of Its Own Medicine
Americans have long worked abroad to promote democratic practices and institutions. Now, more than ever, those lessons must be applied at home.
The World Is Watching America’s Reaction to the George Floyd Protests
Pro-democracy activists in authoritarian countries always pointed to the United States as a model. After police attacks on protesters, it has become increasingly hard to do so.
Stop Calling Israel a Jewish Democracy
The looming annexation of the West Bank will create a one-state reality, forcing American elites to choose between a commitment to the country’s Jewishness and democratic values.
Xi Jinping’s Tiananmen Family Lessons
The Chinese leader learned one key thing from his father: The party comes first.
A Moment of National Shame and Peril—and Hope
We may be witnessing the beginning of the end of American democracy, but there is still a way to stop the descent.
What Democracy Will Fall Next?
Hungary was the first democratic victim of the coronavirus. It may not be the last.
Indonesians Fear Democracy Is the Next Pandemic Victim
A comprehensive new bill claims to be about business challenges but dangerously strengthens executive power.
Here We Go Again: Russia Gears Up to Interfere in 2020 Election With Coronavirus Disinformation
A campaign linked to Russia aims to manipulate this year’s elections in the United States and Europe. Trump needs to let the intelligence professionals do their work.
Authoritarians Are Exploiting the Coronavirus. Democracies Must Not Follow Suit.
Democracies are far more effective at combating national crises, but that hasn’t stopped despots across the world from trying to tighten their grip.
Nobody Can Help Iraq Anymore
The country has another new prime minister nominee—but no new hopes of success.
Privacy and the Pandemic: Time for a Digital Bill of Rights
Democratic governments need digital tools and personal data to combat the crisis, but too much sharing can be dangerous to individuals. How can they strike the right balance?
Don’t Let Leaders Use the Coronavirus as an Excuse to Violate Civil Liberties
Today’s emergency measures could become tomorrow’s trampling of free speech.
The United States Is Getting Infected With Dictatorship
The coronavirus pandemic has provided an opening for Donald Trump to attack transparency, voting rights, and accountability.
The ‘Chinese Virus’ Spread Along the New Silk Road
Western democracies may lose the coronavirus propaganda war, but China certainly won’t win it.
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Market response to the coronavirus, China deflecting blame, and the dawn of post-democratic Europe.
The Shocking ‘Coronavirus Coup’ in Hungary Was a Wake-Up Call
While the world is shut down, history hasn’t stopped. Authoritarians are seizing the opportunity.
Coronavirus and the Dawn of Post-Democratic Europe
Hungary has used the pandemic to abandon its last vestiges of democracy—and to dare the EU to do anything about it.