Kazakhstan’s Alternative Media Is Thriving—and in Danger
A vibrant society is under threat from the authoritarian government.
China Fires Back at Biden with Conspiracy Theories About Maryland Lab
Since Washington launched the Wuhan lab leak investigation, Beijing has been pushing bizarre narratives.
Lina Khan Has Her Own Antitrust Paradox
As the Federal Trade Commission chair, the best thing she can do to regulate tech is nothing.
The Shocking Enormity of Russia’s Botched Pandemic Response
A massive third wave is spreading unchecked, anti-vaxxers are rampant, and the Kremlin’s vaccine diplomacy has failed.
In Slovenia, a Trumpian Populist Assumes a Key European Post
Janez Jansa is increasingly seen as one of the continent’s most illiberal leaders.
Is India Spilling Its State Secrets?
The government is declassifying some archives, but it will retain control of public understanding.
The Lab Leak Theory Doesn’t Hold Up
The rush to find a conspiracy around the COVID-19 pandemic’s origins is driven by narrative, not evidence.
The Sneaky Conservatism of China’s Feminist Dramas
As Beijing limits women’s choices, ta shidai television shows soothe without offering real change.
Nigeria’s Twitter Ban Has a Lesson for Big Tech
The social media company faces tough questions in talks with the government to restore access to 40 million users.
Nigeria’s Twitter Ban Is Another Sign Dictatorship Is Back
A hasty and extralegal restriction has been imposed by an increasingly tyrannical president.
Twitter’s Presence in Africa Won’t End Internet Censorship
Big Tech companies see an opportunity for growth on the continent, but they risk becoming accessories to authoritarian regimes.
Can Biden Do Anything About Belarus?
Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko’s brazen air piracy and increasing closeness to the Kremlin demand a response, but Washington’s next move isn’t obvious.
Authoritarianism Doesn’t Stop at the Water’s Edge
The Belarus hijacking is part of a broader trend. From Russia to Rwanda, governments are going after dissidents far beyond their borders.
Beijing Is Trolling Biden Over Gaza
China’s wolf warrior diplomacy has discovered the Middle East, catching Washington unprepared.
Bad News Bearers
New reports detail just how imperiled the global news media is—and the dangers to democracy along with it.
Is Facebook a Failed State?
In deciding what to do about Donald Trump, the platform’s own “Supreme Court” punted.
Extending the Trump Ban Won’t Heal Facebook’s Deeper Sickness
Apple cutting the social media giant off from iPhone user data could force a healthy change.