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Viktor Medvedchuk gives a speech in Ukraine.

Ukraine Cracks Down on Its Own Pro-Russian QAnon

With media bans and treason charges, well-financed conspiracy peddlers are being shut down.

TV camera and lighting equipment is positioned outside Buckingham Palace in London on March 10.

Is “Speaking Your Truth” the New Alternative Facts?

Their many differences aside, both trends speak to a willingness to put personal experience over hard fact.

Eliot Higgins, the founder and executive director of Bellingcat, speaks during the world’s biggest tech festival, Campus Party, in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on May 27, 2016.

The Mice Who Caught the Cat—and Rattled the Kremlin

“We Are Bellingcat” charts the rise of the digital sleuths who have used open-source investigations to foil Russia’s intelligence agencies.

From left: Reporter Kate Webb in 1968; reporter Frances Fitzgerald on May 1, 1973; and photographer Catherine Leroy about to jump with the 173rd Airborne during
Operation Junction City in South Vietnam on Feb. 22, 1967.
Bettmann Archive/Getty Images/Bob Cole/Catherine Leroy Fund

How 3 Women Broke Into the Uber-Macho World of War Reporting

“You Don’t Belong Here” celebrates three trailblazers who cleared the way for generations of female journalists.

A message is seen on the Facebook mobile app in Melbourne on Feb. 18.

Why Facebook Is Right to Pull the Plug on Australia

This isn’t about regulating Big Tech. It’s about fleecing foreigners for news that Australians no longer want to pay for.

The Sydney Morning Herald Facebook page is seen blank on February 18, 2021 in Sydney, Australia.

Facebook vs. Australia: What Happens When Big Tech Comes for the News?

Lisa Davies, the editor of the Sydney Morning Herald, talks to Foreign Policy about Facebook’s decision to block news for its users in Australia.

Law enforcement officers patrol outside of the NASH TV channel headquarters during a demonstration in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Feb. 6. Protesters accused NASH TV of being pro-Kremlin and demanded it be taken off the air.

Ukraine’s President Finally Flexes His Muscles

Volodymyr Zelensky is taking on his country’s pro-Russian media machine. But can he emerge victorious?

A woman passes the Google booth at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai on Nov. 5, 2018.

Australia Is Ground Zero in the Global Battle Against Google

A proposed law would shake the global internet—and put the Biden team’s Silicon Valley friendships to the test.

An illustration photo taken on Jan. 25 shows the Clubhouse app on a smartphone.

China Ends the Clubhouse Spring

Beijing has blocked the social app after a brief flowering of open discussion.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participate in an East Room event at the White House as Founder, Chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam Ochsorn look on Jan 28, 2020.

Dead Men Don’t Testify

Even in death, billionaire Sheldon Adelson remains good for Israel's Netanyahu.

Activists of the United Hindu Front hold pictures of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and Barbadian singer Rihanna in New Delhi on Feb. 4.

Why Rihanna and Greta Thunberg Are Taking on India’s Modi

Global celebrities are helping Indians to fight their government’s crackdown on dissent.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifies remotely during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 17, 2020.

Give Everyone a Vote on Kicking Politicians Off Social Media

If platforms aren’t going to enforce their rules properly, they should go back to Athenian ostracism.

Paul Rusesabagina is escorted by police officers after his pretrial court session at the Kicukiro Primary Court in Kigali, Rwanda, on Sept. 14, 2020.

Rwanda’s Rendition of a Hollywood Hero Confirms the Country’s Descent Into Dictatorship

Paul Rusesabagina is the latest dissident to be caught in the Rwandan ruler’s authoritarian net. Western governments must stop portraying President Paul Kagame’s repressive regime as a development success story.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies remotely during a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing with Big Tech companies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 28, 2020.

Social Media Finally Broke the Public Sphere

Liberal democracies must work to recreate a sense of shared identity online.

Early versions of Foreign Policy featured a narrow format and a different logo color for each season—blue for winter, green for spring, burgundy for summer, and yellow or brown for fall.

Consensus Lost

How FP set out to change the world.

Janine di Giovanni in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in January 2010.

The First Draft of History

Why the decline of foreign reporting makes for worse foreign policy.

The activist Mike Merrigan holds a piñata shaped like the Twitter logo with hair to look like U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest outside Twitter headquarters in San Francisco on May 28, 2020.

Can Regulation Douse Populism’s Online Fires?

Social media’s manufactured hate needs solutions beyond censorship.

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