Mohammed bin Salman’s Fake Anti-Extremist Campaign
The Saudi crown prince vowed to crack down on radical clerics—but the victims have mostly been advocates for moderate Islam.
Loving Dictators Is as American as Apple Pie
Trump has embraced yet another strongman, this time in Libya. But it’s not just a personal failing—it’s a national tradition.
It Takes a Village to Make a Monster
Omar al-Bashir is gone—but he was never the key to Sudan’s oppression to begin with.
This Is the Uprising Sudan’s Genocidal Dictator Always Feared
The country’s current protests include all sections of society—and may soon topple Omar al-Bashir’s entire regime.
Sisi Isn’t Mubarak. He’s Much Worse.
Egypt faced terrible repression during the Nasser, Sadat, and Mubarak eras, but nothing like today’s sustained cruelty.
It’s Not Just the Right That’s Voting for Bolsonaro. It’s Everyone.
Brazil’s populist firebrand is relying on conservative values, fear of crime, anger about corruption, and rampant fake news to gain support from across the political spectrum.
Spain’s Dictator Is Dead, but the Debate About Him Lives On
Francisco Franco ran Spain with an iron fist for decades—and created myths about his rule that are only now starting to come undone.
Strongmen Are Weaker Than They Look
Authoritarians are on the rise around the world, but history shows they’re mostly helpless.
Mugabe Is a Goner, But His Looting Machine Is Here to Stay
Zimbabwe’s military didn’t topple the regime. It just restored the ruling party’s corrupt old guard to power.
Cambodia Becomes the World’s Newest One-Party State
With Chinese support, Hun Sen has effectively destroyed all opposition to his autocratic rule.
Is Populism Making a Comeback in Latin America?
Having rejected its demogogues just a few years ago, the region is now poised to welcome them back.
The Ghost of Franco Still Haunts Catalonia
Mariano Rajoy’s use of violence against separatists wasn’t an aberration. It was an authentic expression of Spanish conservatism.
The ‘Cambodia Daily’ Is Dying in Darkness
Cambodia’s autocratic leader is trying to shut down his country’s most celebrated journalistic training ground.
Things Don’t End Well for Madmen
The president prizes "unpredictability," but history isn't on his side.
Even Critics of Rwanda’s Government Are Helping Paul Kagame Stay in Power
For every problem highlighted by local journalists, Rwanda’s strongman can present himself as the solution.
The Problem Isn’t Just Who Trump Has Offended — It’s Who He Hasn’t
While many of America’s democratic friends are reeling, another group of U.S. partners is visibly delighted by the president.
Europe Questions America, Vietnam Comes Stateside, Noriega Dies: The Weekend Behind, the Week Ahead
What you might have missed over the weekend, and what to watch in the days to come.
The Do’s And Don’t’s of Planning Birthday Parties: Robert Mugabe Edition
Who better to guide your birthday party planning than nonagenarian African autocrats?
Fidel Was Hell
The longest-ruling dictator of the 20th century was a radical bent on transformational, alternative global development. Ironically, he left his country conservative, impoverished, and isolated.
Will History Absolve Fidel Castro?
The legacy of Cuba’s socialist revolution is still very much in doubt.